By Stephenie Meyer
The Host, by Stephanie Meyer is a book which introduces an alien race called The Souls, who take over earth and it’s inhabitants. The book describes one Soul's predicament when the mind of her human host refuses to cooperate with her takeover. Melanie "Mel" Stryder is one of the only rebel humans left alive after the invasion of the Souls, parasitic aliens which take over human bodies, erasing the original occupants’ personality and ability to think or control their body. Wanderer “Wanda” is a Soul who has lived on eight other planets previously, Mel being her ninth body host. Except, for some unknown reason, Mel has refused to fade away, and still consciously thinks and talks to Wanda, through their communal brain; Mel hates every second Wanda is in her body. I found that The Host was a very interesting and easy book to read, because it was so different to any of Stephenie Meyer’s other books, and indeed so different to any other book I have read before. I enjoyed reading about the ways Wanda had to adjust to life in a human body; because all of the previous species she had lived in had had so few senses. Not used to feelings such as fear, love, hate, secrecy, betrayal, or grief, Wanda initially found it very hard to adjust, and it showed through by many things that she did and said, such as: “Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.” In some ways, I knew that my mind had wandered along the same path in the past, and yet the way that Wanda said it made me feel incredibly sorry for her, for suddenly being thrown into an emotional rollercoaster with people she didn’t understand. As well as being completely new to so many emotions and feelings, Wanda had the pressure of Mel’s memories and constant talking, weighing her down. Melanie seemed to think that her brother, boyfriend, and uncle were still alive somewhere, still human. Wanda gets pressured into...
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