Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Host

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

I read a Stephenie Meyer book, and I was pleasantly surprised.  I have huge problems with the Twilight series, but a couple of friends were reading The Host and I said I would too.  My husband read it several years ago and he thought the premise was neat but there were too many feeeeelings

I do think the premise of the story is great.  This parasitic alien species invades Earth, Goa'uld style (or like Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but the story is told from the one of the alien invader's point of view.  And she thinks of herself as a good person, a member of a beneficial species that goes around improving the planets they settle.  She has been on several planets before, and she is anxious to do a good job on Earth too.

But her human host has other ideas.  Melanie was a rogue human, one of the few left, before she was caught.  Her personality is still in there, and as the alien tries to suppress her, Melanie fights back.

Yeah, there are a lot of feelings.  There is a love triangle (quadrangle?) that is kind of weird.  Well, really weird, but this is the same mind that came up with imprinting, remember?  What I liked was how new questions about the situation would pop up all the time.  What about this?  How about this?  What happens if we do this other thing?

Pretty interesting story.  Too much romance, but what are you going to do, I knew that going in.  Much better than the Twilight series.  (Well, OK, I only read the first one, when a friend made me, but that was enough.)


Rita_h said...

I enjoyed The Host. I didn't read any Twilight--my daughters did and enjoyed, but wasn't my comfort zone. Glad to see you joined the Non-Fiction Challenge. I am a year late also but doesn't matter. Do you have all those books already (!) or just plan to find them in the future? Thanks.

Jean said...

No, I have some of them, but quite a lot are from my wishlist of books I want to read! Thanks for stopping by!