Monday Book Review: The Host


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

From Amazon’s descrption:

Book Description

Release date: January 8, 2013

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-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.

My Review:
Could not get into the unbelievable plot, the characters were dull and one-dimensional, setting was poorly constructed.
I will say up front, that I’m not a fan or reader of science fiction, but I could not suspend belief in rational thought long enough to enjoy this book. I’ve read alot of other science fiction books, novellas and short stories so I know writers are able to create a world worthy of holding attention long enough to enjoy the narrative.
The main characters are written as whiny and self-defeating as to make them unrelatable.  I just could not get into this book and did not enjoy one thing about it. Maybe because I”m not the writer’s target audience, being a middle age male, I did not see the ‘romance’ in the storyline, could not identify with any of the characters.
I would give The Host negative stars if I could, but I have to give it something, so one star is sufficient.
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