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Review: The Host, Stephanie Meyer

March 23, 2011

My apologies in advance, but I am going to be a little bit negative for a few minutes. Not entirely negative though 🙂 just a little bit.

‘The Host’ by Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer was a sham, an enjoyable sham, but a sham all the same. Touted as her first “Adult Novel” (meaning not young-adult), readers will be left a wanting… wanting the adult aspect that is referenced in all the marketing material.

This was an adult novel only in the fact that it did not have teenage vampires and Werewolves in it. The writing style was juvenile and repetitive, it was completely lacking in difficulty. At most points, it felt like i was reading a really large 7th grade reader. But that aside, I have read a number of YA novels I have enjoyed, having even gone back and reread novels from when I was a kid.

Essentially, the book is about the human race, enslaved by a parasitic force that enters the body and controls the brain. The body lives on, slaved to the parasite until death. Most of humanity is inundated by these creatures, but a few “Wild” humans survive.

Protagonist Melanie, is infected, and the secondary entity is having trouble keeping the human personality caged. Melanie fights for control and escapes to the wild to search out uninfected humans.

blah blah blah, The Puppetmasters, blah blah blah, The Faculty, blah blah blah, Red Dawn… Invasion of the Body Snatchers, V- the TV series… The Diary of Anne Frank (yup).

From an adult perspective, she managed to do what everyone else in Hollywood does, she ripped of a crap ton of ideas from other people, smashed them all together, polished the turd, and called it shiny and new. But people like this approach in their media, often referred to as “Crappy good”. As a result, this blatant translucent storytelling cannot be viewed as a fault, only a symptom of our current culture.

With that said.. I enjoyed it.. A lot.
Its not for everyone, and it is trash fiction, but so long as you do not expect more than a shallow afternoon distraction, you may enjoy it too.


Side notes

Am I the only one that thinks the book cover looks like an eyeball coming out of some chicks armpit? Yeah yeah, I know, it is a nose, a really big, out of focus, overly airbrushed nose.. But it looks like an armpit to me. a giant vitreous fluid filled slightly hairy armpit.

Also, the Korean movie ‘The Host” is awesome. not related to this book in the slightest, and something that you should go watch. This was a great monster movie, not in the “rawr rawr scary” sense, but in the evolution of characters and fantastic cinematography sense.

— Jason

Click the movie poster below for the wikipedia page.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rohit permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:54 am

    Must be an enjoyable read The Host by Stephenie Meyer. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by “to read” list.


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