Stephenie Meyer – The Host
Originally, I had planned on reading Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight book. I heard it portrayed Werewolves in a positive and heroic manner. But, as I dove into the novel, I felt that it was more a vampire story where werewolves played a supporting cast (Jacob— the others in the tribe were not even memorable characters). So I headed back to the book store and expressed my dismay to the clerk. She recommended Meyer’s other series called The Host, said it was a more mature read and I may find it more to my liking.
In this Meyer’s series opener, the alien implantation is in its final stages. Soon, Earth will be completely free of humans and the planet will be a peaceful place for the souls to enjoy—as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Very few humans remain on Earth. When rebels are discovered, they are captured by Seekers—the closest thing to a police force the souls have. Once captured, they are prepared for implantation where a small cut is placed at the base of the skull and the “soul,” a centipede looking creature, is put in the body. The souls connect to the body and take control. The first experience the souls have is the receiving of the host body’s memories. Typically, the host recedes and leaves the souls alone to continue life as usual.
For Wanderer, this didn’t happen.
Stephenie Meyer has woven a creative story that will appease her large fan base. With its engaging characters and interesting science fiction elements, readers will be able to ignore the few chapters that contain too much description. Her use of vivid language paints a clear picture of the setting and will allow the reader to put themselves into the story.
The Host is a complex story. Not only is there a very complicated love triangle, but there is also the issue of violence in our society and how it could lead to our downfall. Stephenie Meyer makes the world the aliens create more desirable than the one we currently inhabit. The story ends on a note of hope. It is an emotional ride from beginning to end—all six hundred thirty-one pages. The Host is set in enough of a realistic setting that even people who aren’t sci-fi fans will enjoy this story. Science fiction fans will enjoy this story, but Stephenie Meyer may have done for science fiction what she did for fantasy when she wrote Twilight. For Stephenie Meyer’s The Host I award three stars !
Well it’s that time again, the moon is to be the biggest it’s been in the last twenty-five million years and is in fact being called a Supermoon! I can’t pass up this opportunity to bask in its lunar glory!