Review – The Host by Stephenie Meyer

hostHey.  You remember that time, not too long ago, when you read Twilight and you secretly, kind of, pretty much loved it?  But then you felt like a bad feminist because Bella is a wimp and Edward is kind of creepy? Yeah.  Me too.

So I know it’s not fair to compare the two, just because Stephenie Meyer wrote both of them, but I’m going to anyway.

The Host is so much better!  It’s a more well thought-out, complete novel that does not feature whiny heroines or men who watch you while you sleep.

It’s a mature science fiction novel that, yeah, I’ll admit it, has its plot holes.  (How did the first soul get into the first spider?  How did they get into the first human?)  But it was still a 100% enjoyable read (that could have been 100 pages shorter) that was not only entertaining, but thought-provoking.  The other planets were imaginative and a throw-back, in my opinion, to A Wrinkle In Time.

I didn’t save quotes for this one, though I wish I had.  It was mostly because I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t stop to write anything down.

Recommended!

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8 thoughts on “Review – The Host by Stephenie Meyer

  1. I only read the first two Twilight books. First one wasn’t bad, second one was awful, and I’ve never had the desire to read on after New Moon. This one still sounds interesting, though. I just worry about the writing quality.

  2. I really liked this one, so I’m glad to hear you did too. Guess what? I didn’t notice that particular plot hole, but now you mention it… oops. I’m completely someone who liked Twilight but felt that maybe I shouldn’t, but on balance I’m really interested to see what Meyer writes next.

  3. Alas, I am not one of those people who secretly loved Twilight! I was too put off by wimpy Bella & creepy Edward, and I also thought the writing was pretty atrocious… is the writing better here, or pretty much on par with Twilight?

  4. I admit I loved Twilight too, even though Bella dissapointed me (and what’s with the film, I thought Bella was supposed to be plain?), because I found I had a weakness for Jacob. I’ve got The Host in my TBR pile and can’t wait to read it.

  5. I was about to agree with Amanda and Steph that this one sounds interesting, but the writing in the one Twilight I listened to on audio book was just so awful I couldn’t do it anymore. But then Amy answered the question, which is neat 🙂 I’m certainly not going to run out and demand it, but it’s not something I’ll totally avoid either 🙂

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