Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
I got The Host as a gift. I didn’t want it, but never look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if the present is a book. I loved ‘Twilight’ series very much, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t like The Host so much. I never read sci-fi book before, and I didn’t think I’d like it. But eventually I gave a chance to The Host. And… It is my absolute number one book. If I was exiled to a deserted island, and I could take only one thing with me, it would be The Host.
I like the idea of “souls”. Despite their smallness and weakness they can take over the minds of the humans. It’s amazing. And the luminous eye effect is simultaneously cool and frightening. Souls are almost childishly pure; they cannot lie, hurt, or do harm. But to stay alive, they need a host and this lifestyle requires victims. They are some kind of parasites. Initially their names were strange but now I can’t imagine the book without them.
I especially liked to read about the occupied species. Their names are simple too, but the appearance and lifestyle of them are very special.
The story starts slowly, maybe a little bit boringly too, but it becomes exciting after the first one hundred and twenty pages. So don’t give up at the beginning! I’ve read The Host seven times, and I never get bored with it. 🙂
After finishing it, I always miss the desert, the musty and sulphurous smell of the cave, the safe darkness, and all the people: Wanda, Jared, Jamie, Melanie, Ian, Jeb, Doc, Kyle, and so on.
This story is an unforgettable journey with an unforgettable “soul”. Wanda has lived nine lives. But she realizes only now what it feels like to desire to remain. And it is only possible at the cost of someone else’s life.
Wanda/Wanderer is kind, altruistic, helpful, and she can’t bear violence. She is much more human than humans are. I like her mentality and opinion about things. I loved the story from her viewpoint. It’s special to know the thoughts of an alien in sci-fi books.
Melanie, as opposed to Wanda, is selfish, violent, and quick tempered. I like her less then Wanda, but I respect her that she could stay alive. The two girls are locked up in a very small place (in the brain of the host) and it’s a very interesting, but frustrating condition. Mainly because of their totally different personalities.
Jared’s as quick tempered as Melanie. First, just like Wanda, I fell in love with him too. I couldn’t help it, because Melanie’s feelings are so strong, so elemental for Jared. And he’s gorgeous with those lines around his eyes.
Ian’s almost like a “soul”. Initially he was disagreeable to me because of his behavior with Wanda. Then I fell in love with him too, of course.
The story of The Host is really good. Human-alien love isn’t unique; there are many books and films about it. Though I think this book is worth reading. The author’s style is easy, simple and lovable. Many beautiful sentences, scenes, and thoughts will stay with me for the rest of my life. (Yeah, I can cite a lot of sentences by heart.)
The Cover (the original)
It’s so beautiful, clear-out and expressive. I adore the design of the model’s eye.
+ About the Film
The movie is horrible. I can’t say a single scene what hasn’t been changed in it compared to the book. The trailers are so cool; I like them very much. And I’m already reconciled to the actors except one or two or… Okay, so like I said I’m reconciled to them. Actually they did a good job. It wasn’t their fault that the script had been screwed up.
I was very excited to watch the movie. And at least I can say I’ve never ever been so disappointed in a book adaptation. It seems to me that only the basic idea is taken, but everything else in the story is re-written. I was about to tear my hair out because of the changes. E.g. when Wanda’s wandering in the desert, she takes with herself half a liter of water. HALF! In the book it was (I don’t remember exactly) at least 8, but rather 10. So you know what I mean. And she wears high heels. (O.o) What a stupid idea! Oh for God’s sake!
I like only one change in the film: the implant of Souls. It’s a really good idea.
See my favorite quotes on Tumblr,
Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 517 to 519.