You have probably noticed how much I love the Twilight series of vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer. They each scored a solid 4 stars out of 5. They are totally engrossing and addictive, and I can’t wait for the fourth and final book to be released on August 2nd. That said, none of them had that indefiinable quality that earns a book 5 stars in my mind. The Host, Meyer’s first foray into the world of adult novels, has that quality, and has it in spades.
Ms. Meyer calls The Host science-fiction for people who don’t like science fiction. Well, I love sci-fi, and I adored this book. But I know exactly what she means, because I am going to pass this book on to my mom, who doesn’t like sci-fi – and I know she will love it.
The Host is the story of Wanderer, a soul who has lived on seven different planets, in seven different host bodies. When she comes to Earth and is implanted into Melanie, she experiences something new and different – the host consciousness doesn’t leave, but continues to fight for ownership of her body.
Wanderer begins to learn more and more about Melanie through her memories, and especially comes to know Jared, Melanie’s boyfriend, and Jamie, her younger brother. As Wanderer experiences Melanie’s feelings for the people she loves, she is torn between her loyalty to her own race – the Souls – and her new-found feelings of love and family.
The Host asks the question: What does it mean to be human? It explores the bounds of love and loyalty and self-sacrifice, and examines what is best and worst about the human race. It’s a love story in the best possible way.
5 out of 5 stars.