The Host is a sci-fi romance. Pretty much like The Time Traveler’s Wife. The Host could be categorized in that genre. For those who had been reading Meyer’s Twilight Saga, you’d find it quite hard to follow The Host if you don’t ditch the romantic vampire mentality. And if you’re a hard core sci-fi fan, you’d probably toss this book to the bin, because it’s not really concentrated on the ‘science’ part, but on humanity and the human emotions experienced by an alien invader instead. *sigh*
So, here’s the story…
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. Â As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
How does that sound to you? Well… from a reader an author’s point of view… I tell you that this is a romantic fluff! Okay, since this is a cross between sci-fi and romance, it is only fair that I compare the book with another sci-fi romance. A favourite of mine. The Time traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. While The Time Traveler’s Wife is completely touching, drawing me into the small circle of the characters ‘Henry’ and ‘Clare’ where they both had to deal with impossible love caused by Henry’s Chrono Displacement illness.
The Host did nothing like that. In fact, I’m a little bit dissapointed, and it doesn’t help that the book is written in first party point of view.
The Host should be a good read only if you’re a fan of romantic fluff. Otherwise, I suggest you to leave it alone. It’s not for sci-fi hardcores who expects thrilling actions and adventures.
Anyway, for those who would like to browse through this book before you buy it, can email me at [email protected] for a pdf. copy of the book.
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