The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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     Set in a world taken over by aliens, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, demonstrates the strong values of love and kindness that can be seen through “the Wanderer’s” interactions with the humans her host considers family. In this story, Meyer has woven an intricate web in which an alien species takes over the Earth. These aliens are silvery parasites who take over a host’s body in order to connect with others. These creatures keep coming until humans, the once dominant species, start to take refuge in obscure places to keep them from becoming a host themselves.

     This book explores the love triangle between Jared (a human), Melanie (a host), and the Wanderer (an alien). An alien is surgically placed into Melanie’s body; however, the doctor in charge of the operation did not get rid of Melanie completely. The alien inserted into Melanie calls itself, the Wanderer, because it changes bodies constantly. The Wanderer finds that Melanie can still project her thoughts and occasionally take control of her former body. At first, they are both wary of the other and are not okay with the arrangement they were forced into. However, the Wanderer gets assaulted by Melanie’s memories of Jared, a human boy she hid out with when they were running from the aliens. Once she realizes that Jared and other humans are alive, she decides to take her life into her own hands and help them.

     This book was definitely interesting because Meyer struggles to keep a strong female character throughout the book. Occasionally, she slips and the lead female suddenly goes from independent to completely reliant on the male characters. I was a little annoyed by this because I was hoping read a book without a girl who moped over two boys who left her for her own good. Thankfully, by the end of the book, the lead female makes her own choices and decides to take her fate into her own hands. Even though I didn’t agree with some parts of this book, I really liked it. It had a different vibe compared to Twilight. There was no melancholy teenager who was in love with the people who could possibly kill her, instead there was a teenager who stood up for the people she felt necessary to protect. This change was what made me like this book a lot more than the Twilight saga. I strongly recommend this book because it shows a lot of different themes such as: “Don’t judge people by the way they appear” and “Everyone has a little good in them.”

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