Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

 Synopsis :
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.  The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading 'soul who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human; the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories.  But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect : the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding.  Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met.  As outsider forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love  triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

I have been yearning for The Host for quite a few years.  Ever since I first read Twilight (way before the movie and the craze), I knew Stephenie Meyer has something unique to offer.  Finally, my wish came true when I managed to get a second hand copy of the trade paperbag edition at a flea market.

I read it over the long holiday weekend and you can say that the book was never far from my hands during those few days.  Finally after more than 600+ pages, I came away feeling very happy indeed.  I love the plot, the storyline, the characters and basically just everything about it is rather fresh and unique.

I don't care what others might say about character development, etc. I enjoy the book for what it is, something fresh and different.

Stephenie is a rather unique writer and she was able to bring forth Wanda (aka Wanderer) into such a character that I was really rooting for her all the way through the book.

As you might already have known, there is a movie that is based on this book.  I haven't watch the movie yet.  I would highly recommend that you read the book first as I'm not sure if the movie will be able to capture the essence of what the story has to offer.  Sometimes, they do, sometimes they don't.

And I love the ending too especially when they met......(for you to find out on the very last page! :)

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