Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I have been reading a lot about Stephenie Meyer lately. She was on Good Morning America!; has been featured in a Time Magazine article and her Twilight Books are the subject of a heated debate on one of the list_servs that I subscribe to. It seems that Bella and Edward's relationship is being analysed as the recipe for an abusive, co-dependent relationship. I don't think that for a minute, but had to laugh when the writer of the post said the Meyer continued portraying women as punching bags in her new book The Host.

In case you don't know, here is the synopsis of The Host. A new species has taken over planet Earth. "The Souls" as they call themselves are small jellyfish like creatures that cannot live long outside their host bodies. The flit from planet to planet and are inserted into their host. In the case of Earth, they live the everyday life of humans; experiencing our world through human senses and emotions. This is something quite unique for the Souls. Human emotions are much stronger than anything they have ever encountered. Some Souls even have to abandon the bodies they are given, because the previous owner refuses to vacate.

This is what happens to Wanderer. She is the Soul that has been placed into the body of Melanie. Melanie, a member of the resistance, tried to kill herself rather than becoming a host body. Melanie who screams at Wanderer to get out. After a time the two learn to co-exist. Sort of.

I won't give too much of the story away, but want to say that it is complicated and unexpected. I read the 600+ page book in two nights because I had to see where she was going with it. Like all good invasion books, there are things to consider. How two life forms agree to live together and how the world is changed because of it.

I read another blog on this book and it said that this is the first time there has ever been a love triangle that incorporated three individuals, but only two bodies. Pretty good point....

I would highly recommend this book...and would love to talk to you about it after you're done!

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