I loved this book! I was wary, was it going to be too far out there? But it wasn't. Stephanie Meyers has a way of making aliens (and vampires) so human and so engaging. If you like the Twilight books then try "The Host" it has the same magic for drawing the reader in and then leaving the reader disappointed when it's all done, and there's no more to listen too. I'm hoping for a sequel.
I purchased this book with great expectations. I was disappointed by its predictability and teenage love triangle (parallelogram?). The literay device is cleaver: an alien is surgically implanted into the neck of a human "host" where it coils it's tendrils into hundreds of descrete neuro-connections. Cleaver image too, a reflective silver tell-tale sign around the pupil-iris border. Unfortunately, that's where the science, the fiction, and even the plot reallly stop. There is a plot, but the path is predictable very early on. What's worse is that the author is very wordy. It is as if, like Dickens, she is being paid by the word. Her words weave the drama between a group of people that are dimensionless, without history, and without desire except one. Love plays a central role here, but an idealized, pre-teen, never-been-kissed love. Love that only rises to (and is only challenged by) a kiss. Worse still, the justification of said love is based on "retained memories," not any character development that the author provides. Flat characters in an empty drama. It was like "Lord of the Flies" without conflict (or character development, or plot... OK it was nothing like "Lord of the Flies"). I wish there had been more development of the aliens, the lead characters, the plot, anything to help make a story except the repetitive lament of the lead character, "Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared!" Please. Take a valium and call me when you write adult books. This book is not recommended for anyone except a pre-teen or early teen girl. Definetely not worth 2 credits.
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.
Check out more detailed reviews on my blog amiesbookreviews.wordpress. com
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.