I really couldn't stand this book, which was made worse by the awful narrator. The writing was self-conscious and the characters flat. For as long as the novel is, why couldn't we learn a thing about anyone's past, or expand on their personalities. A lot of characters were indistinguishable from one another, basically extras in a movie (which is probably where the author hopes go). At first the story was compelling, but when centered upon life in the cave it basically thudded. The narrator's shrill voice constantly wailing, "oh Jared" over and over again was maddening. I actually listened to the whole thing and was not duly rewarded with satisfying ending, just a predictable flop. I would say this is a "young" reader book, except I don't want to insult young readers. I know a lot of people here think this is a great novel, maybe you will too--but you've been warned.
This was a great read and a great listen.
It is a must for all readers who enjoy a well thought out story with terrific details
I loved this book! I was sad when it was done, I wanted it to continue! It did get a little slow at times, but I loved the story and it entertained me on my long commute to and from work! I will try the "Twilight" series next!
I gave this book 3 stars at first, then changed to 4 stars as I could not get it out of my head. At first, the voices of Mel and Wanderer were hard to tell apart, but then it became easier once you got to know their personalities. There were a lot of emotions packed into this book. Read it!
I am a fan of Meyers' vampire series so I thought I'd try The Host. The story was great, with a lot of character building that I appreciated and depth to the storyline. The narrator did an excellent job with all the characters and the tempo was read perfectly! Very Engrossing. A must read.
Yes, you will be tempted to check this one as NO and why did I download. But, stay with it! You will find a wonderful story teller talking about a great adventure of hope, love and just a great story. I give it four stars only because of the slow start. You'll enjoy!
While I really enjoyed this book, I cannot agree with those that rate this book in the same league as the Twilight series. The narrator is okay, but I found myself dreading the narration when the main characters were emotional. To be fair, I think the narrator for Twilight (Ilyana Kadushin) was amazing, so it's always harder to enjoy the next book even when the narrator is good.
After reading the Twilight series and this book by Stephanie Meyer, I do see some patterns and hope that her next books will not depend so heavily on the love triangles, which seem to drag out a little too long.
I still highly recommend the book.