Monday, December 29, 2008

The Host

Well, I did it - I spent a whole day letting the kids play in their pajamas, playing too many video games and just hanging out, just so I could read The Host. But really, I have wanted to read it since it came out, and resisted in favor of doing what I should be doing. I figure I can take a day once or twice a year to just read, right?

I have heard many mixed reviews of this book in comparison with Meyer's others. Many say that it isn't as good, others claim it is much better. Here are my thoughts.

First, I really feel like Meyer's writing has improved and I don't know if that is because of the intended audience being older or what, but I didn't feel like there were as many instances where the description was as monotonous. The story is very well written, plot is phenomenal and characters endearing. I really liked how she wasn't so hesitant to let a character die, how they really have a true conflict, tests of courage and mandates for trust.

The best part? This book is over 600 pages long, but there wasn't a single instant that I felt I was reading through slow passages, that I didn't wish I could read just a little bit faster because I was so curious about the plot and characters, and I truly felt emotional ties to many of the characters, something that doesn't often happen.

Finally, I am in complete awe at Meyer's writing, her ability to produce such works of art while raising a family. Pop culture or not, Meyer can really write. The Host is amazing.


Amy said...

I read this book a while back and I remember really being intrigued with the whole storyline - even though it was very odd... I'm glad you liked it, so did I.

Harmony said...

I agree that her writing is getting better. You didn't say whether you liked The Host better than her vampire novels or not. Just curious.

Tasha said...

I think it is comparable. The characters in Twilight were more endearing but the plot that had to be developed for The Host was more complicated and intricate. The Host did make me experience more real emotion and the love interest wasn't quite as fantastical, making it seem more real. I guess the real question is if you are looking for a fairy tale love story or a love story that, if it weren't for the aliens, would seem very realistic.