Monday, November 05, 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I read The Host when it first came out. When Meyer was still growing as an author for her Twilight series. 

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 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. Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

The book has a good plot. But it's the writing. Certain parts in the book tend to get bland. The book needed more editing, and the book was so incredibly long while reading it it felt like the story was just dragging on just to get the book to the 800 pages, and during those particular lagging pages, there were so many places that were bland, you find yourself skimming the book most of the time. Meyer's books the main characters lack personality. The fact that Meyer has a degree in English amazes me by how horrible her storytelling is. I heard this book is going to be a trilogy, so who knows how the next book will turn out.

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