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Monday 16 February 2009

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Review:- The Earth has been invaded by aliens called "Souls". They use human bodies as their "host". Melanie Stryder, one of the few humans still uninhabited was seen and chased, she jumped hoping to die, she'd rather die than be inhabited. 

Wanderer is the "soul" that has been assigned to Melanie's body. She realizes that Melanie is not going to give up her body without a fight, she is within, alive and determined. Wanderer starts seeing Melanie's memories which starts the longing and loving for two humans, Jamie, Melanie's younger brother and Jared, Melanie's boyfriend. Wanderer sets out to find them.

However, when she finds them they don't believe that Melanie is still within her. They are hard to convince and they live with a lot of humans that are just simply not going to take the risk of them being found, which would mean that their bodies will also be inhabited. Wanderer, or rather Melanie's love for these humans keep Wanderer determined and soon she starts winning the humans over. Things get more complicated when another human, Ian, falls in love with Wanderer, the Soul. 

I had high expectations for this book as I love Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and by reading the summary it was a great and creative story line, but I felt that it dragged on a bit. I personally felt that the story could have been told just as good with half or three quarters of the pages that Meyer used. Having said that, this book was still a good read, despite the parts dragging on, the main plot was great and the love story really gets you involved. I will definitely be reading the sequel but unlike the Twilight series, I don't think it holds quite the same addictive properties. 



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