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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Host Review

As a promise to one of my BFFs I did in fact read it before the movie which comes out March 29, 2013. So now I will present you my review on The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, first released in May 2008. Now with mass paperback cover released in January 2013. Published by Little, Brown, and Company. Print edition 864 pages

Goodread Description
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
The human race is now nearly extinct, the aliens or"souls" have taking over our body and mind. But there are still fewthat fight back. Melanie Stryder's mind and body has been taken over by a"Soul" named Wanderer and Melanie becomes a soul. However Melaniefights back, her will still hold on as well conceal her thoughts and anyinformation about where the human resistance lies. But Wanderer is overwhelmedby Melanie's memories and emotions. Now Wanderer is on search for the humanresistance, more importantly follow Melanie's memories and her emotions. Now inthe middle of the desert, Wanderer is lost but soon to be found by Uncle Jeb.Although one look at Melanie's eyes, Uncle Jeb and others of the humanresistance knows that she isn't Melanie. Now Melanie/Wanderer are now in theresistance hideout, not that the resistance are happy that she still lives butwith Jared being irrational and Ian being the mediator, things are not as theyseem. Wanda/Melanie begins to work together with the resistance and Wandabecomes the most unusual soul the resistance has met. A new romance bloomswhile Melanie struggles to cease to exist in her own body and struggle to seeJared torturing himself thinking she’s no longer there. A new outlook comewhere Wanda said that there is a way to bring back Melanie and possibly othersif they survive the initiation of a soul being place in them. Something goodwill come from Melanie/Wanda return.  

As much I love Meyer's Twilight Saga's, it was one of the series that made me read more books and find other wonderful authors. I really like her writing in this book, maybe because it science-fiction, or that it doesn't deal with so many life/death situation like Bella seems to run into, or I like how Wanda/Melanie have their own conversation with one another. I think this is one of the most science-fiction book I've read and like it. There's no love triangle as some people would say, but this is how Jake Abel and Max Irons puts it "There's two of us as the base of triangle but technically there's two of her" That makes a lot of sense boys thanks for pointing that out. So the romance is much more complex than a triangle, Wanda loves Ian and Melanie loves Jared.  I like the concept of the book where aliens invades our body and mind even with the change where you could disappear forever. I hope that Stephanie bring out the second book soon even though she is writing it but I'm curious what next for these people in the next book.

Team Jared or Team Ian?
From the beginning I didn't know who I was going to like, from the pages of the book Melanie has memories of Jared while Wanda sees them. So Jared at the beginning I like him and I like the love story between Melanie and Jared. But then when Melanie becomes Wanda and Jared is now part of the human resistance and one of the leader . . . he was just irritating. I kept trying to figure out what he was going to do during those times he has the gun and then he can't think beyond. Then we have Ian who is very collected with himself and see beyond what most humans see of the souls. Then Ian see Wanda and see more of her rather than what she really is as a soul. So now there's conflict between Ian and Jared because to Jared, it his love that's been invaded and had believe she was forever gone until Wanda said that she is still here. Jared starts making the rules toward Ian cause he knows that Ian taken an interest in the love of his life. However Ian doesn't care about who Wanda is hosted in but more of her personality and who she is as a soul and as an individual. So who would I chose? I would choose Ian over Jared just because Ian was more together, had a clear mind and had a goal while Jared lost all sense of who he was when Melanie return and was tortured by the fact she had returned but been invaded.  Now Jared and Ian have to work together to help Wanda/Melanie to stop the seeker and the souls from taking what is left of the Human Resistance.
Favorite Quotes
"It was a miracle - more than a miracle - when I found you, Melanie. Right now, if I was given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn't be able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives." - pg 78
"What?" Ian asked "Is there something you want to say to me Jared?"
"The girl in there . . ." Jared said slowly
"That body doesn't belong to her"
"Your point"
Jared's voice was hard when he answered
"Keep your hands off it"  - pg 383
"I need you to help me Ian." My voice was strained, frantic.
"Whatever you need. You know that."
I put my hands on either side of his face, staring into his eyes. I could barely see a glint of their blue in the darkness.
"I need you to kiss me, Ian. Now. Please" - pg 426

The Movie will be released to theaters March 29th, 2013
To find more about the movie go to: http://thehostthefilm.com/
Movie Trailer
Where to go buy this book . . . Prices/Editions varies at each locations
About the Author . . .  Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie MeyerIn my words: The best selling Author of the Twilight Saga, and Movie Producer. She written a short story that was featured in "Prom Night From Hell". Right now she is in the process of writing the second book of "The Host" in an interview she said that the title of the second book would be called "The Seeker"


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