Review | The Host by Stephenie Meyer

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: old newspapers, deserts, hunger, powerful medicine, raids, aliens, wanderers, brotherhood, meetings, bread, caves, transplants, stories and hosts. 

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

I admit I was apprehensive when I first picked this book. A science fiction book (not my favorite genre) with over 800 pages? My friend who borrowed me the book asked me to give it a shot and go into it with an open mind, so that’s what I did. And… surprise, surprise: I actually really liked this story.

The concept of this book was very interesting: aliens taking over bodies in different planets. These aliens think they’re doing what’s best for the Earth because humans are evil and have a destructive behaviour. Well, the thing is that one of the aliens (Wanderer) took over a body that still had its original host (Melanie). So now two souls are inside the same body!

I really liked how Melanie and Wanderer’s relationship developed and how strong their bond got throughout the book. And there’s a… love triangle? Well, I don’t think I can’t consider it that, but there is romance here – which was very interesting considering the situation the souls are in.

The ONLY thing I think could be different is the length of the book. The portuguese version – the one I read – is over 800 pages long, and I feel like the story could perfectly be half its size. There was no need for a lot of scenes there.

Still, I really liked it. I think it’s a good book to think about what really means to be a human and to be compassionate. For a science fiction book, I was very surprised in a positive way. I know there’s a movie adaptation for this book, and I’m very curious about it!


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