Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Book Review -- "The Host"

The Host: A Novel The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I started this book, I had the entire "Twilight" series under my belt, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me that "The Host" was classified Science Fiction at my library. And I have to tell you, the first 150 pages, I just wasn't grooving along all that well.

Fortunately, I mentioned this to another reader, and she encouraged me to keep at it, that it would get a lot better.

And it really, really did.

I was going to give the book four stars based on having to work so hard to get into it, but the rest of the book redeemed itself and made it so worth reading. (I felt the same way about Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series, and after two false starts, got through to the good stuff, and it's now one of my favorite series, so there you go. I just don't like giving up on things!)

The book was creative, thought-provoking, and (once I got started) very interesting. The end was terrific, although I would have liked to see it tweaked a little in the direction of what *I* had been planning for Melanie/Wanderer -- but that, too me, shows how invested in the characters I was.

A good read, one that will leave you thinking a bit.


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