The Host – Stephenie Meyer

8 03 2010

I recently finished reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I don’t know why it has been so difficult for me to sit down and actually write some commentary about this book.  I really, really loved this story.  I have read all of the Twilight Saga, so I expected to like it, but I was really surprised by how much I liked it.

This was one of those books that you don’t want to end, you really want to know how it concludes but you hate to finish the last sentence.  When I find a book like that it takes me a while before I can pick up the next book because I am still absorbing and also freeing myself of my involvement with the story and the characters.

I have been a Science Fiction fan for a long time and this book is a great addition to the genre.  The story was very meaty and well developed.  The characters were strong and most of them are easy to like and empathize with, the antagonists are also well- developed bad guys and you want them to fail.  You also feel the frustration and fear of the main characters when they are interacting with the bad characters.

Some of this book is cloyingly sweet, Wanda’s (Wanderer’s) altruism is hard to come to grips with as a “human”.  But her host body’s fighting spirit is great and the way their relationship blooms and grows really leads the story onwards to its conclusion.  I was surprised to find that the ending was a tear-jerker, I didn’t expect it.

When I finished this book I visited Stephenie Meyer’s website and it mentions that this book is going to be made in to a movie.  Well, I can’t wait to see it.  I would recommend this book to anyone, it was a quick, easy but thoughtful read.

Book borrowed from the library.