I was really excited to be asked to participate in the Blog Tour for The Host by Miriam at Hachette Book Group. I’m a fan of Stephenie Meyer, particularly her Twilight series so when The Host came out I rushed out and picked it up. So, what I’m going to do is reprint my review for you all from June 23, 2008…
This novel is Stephenie Meyer’s first novel for an adult audience. Her Twilight series for young adults has not only captured the teen audience but the adult one as well.
The Host is about a species invading earth and taking over the minds of their hosts-the humans. What happens is these little ‘souls’ are inserted into their hosts and the humans essentially are supposed to be gone although the soul has their memories.
Thus begins the story of Melanie-the human and the Wanderer-the soul. In this case Melanie is a strong personality and her mind is still there along with the Wanderer’s. The Wanderer goes crazy at first trying to get rid of her but eventually they find they like each other and develop a bond together. We meet a lot of characters in this book but my favorites are Melanie and the Wanderer. They turned out to be really likeable characters and often the dialogue between the two was quite amusing.
What I liked best is how when the Wanderer started having more and more of Melanie’s memories and feelings and they came to a sort of understanding with each other. Melanie wanted her to feel all of the feelings and emotions she did so that she would not be destroyed. Melanie wants to know where the people she left behind are and she and the Wanderer set out to do just that. From this point the story becomes a struggle for survival and learning to live in a different world and I found the last part of the book the most riveting. It was fast paced and emotional.
While this novel is considered science fiction, I don’t think that’s its only purpose. It’s really about relationships too, maybe even the importance of being lucky enough to be human instead of alien and then the question of who really knows what the future holds? I sure can’t imagine having to share my mind with anyone else. There’s enough chaos in there as it is but this type of book always sets me off thinking about the ‘what if’. I think it brings to light that anyone trying hard enough can learn to care with true human emotion.
This novel is entertaining. It was good, I wouldn’t say great, at least for me. I did find it a bit too long and I think had it been shortened up a bit it would have been better. I still favor the Twilight series probably because I enjoy vampires more than aliens but I know that this book will appeal to many out there. That being said, I’m sure Stephenie Meyer fans will love this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
One of the most compelling writers of our time, Stephenie Meyer brings us a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the very essence of what it means to be human.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.
“Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write-something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering.”
Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. With encouragement from her older sister (the only other person who knew she had written a book), Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies. Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer’s House and eventually made its way to Little, Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers theme.
Twilight was one of 2005’s most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an “ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults,” an Amazon.com “Best Book of the Decade … So Far”, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and has spent more than 25 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list.
In 2007, Eclipse landed literally around the world and fans
Here’s the next few stops on The Host Blog Tour that is running all month. Be sure to pop in and see what they have going on…
It just so happens that I have 3 copies of The Host to share with my readers courtesy of Miriam at Hachette Book Group. What do you have to do to snag one of those copies…
- Comment here for 1 entry. Please leave me an email address!
- For 2 entries, are you a fan of Stephenie Meyer? Have you already read the Twilight series-did you like it?
- For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word.
The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Good luck to you all!