Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the host - stephanie meyer

Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5

General Plot Summary: Aliens have invaded earth and taken over human bodies. One alien soul struggles for dominance over her host body's soul, only to learn to love humans and end up fighting for their cause.

The beginning of this book is awkward and hard to get into because the mechanics of story telling are juvenile. That said, once you get past the beginning, the story is a light and engrossing read.

Although the female lead is stronger than Bella of Twilight, some of the gender politics continue to be a bit disturbing as does the moralism that permeates some of the tale. The book is sold as her 1st adult novel, however given the age of the protagonist (physically) and the weird sexual mores that go with this "adult" novel, it really feels like the story is meant for teens. Why she chose to rely yet again on a 17 year old female as a protagonist or why she finds it so important to render her character asexual is beyond me given that this is supposed to be a novel for adults. But whatever, that's her choice.

All in all, it was an ok read. Entertaining but a bit frustrating because the conversation between the 2 characters is trite and awkwardly developped through font styles. The novel still feels like a continuation of the adolescent wish fulfillment that was the Twilight series and relies on predictable plot development and conclusions.
And can we say sequel much?
image from : LibraryThing

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