An Informal Review of The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

Unlike the Twilight Series, this was a book by Stephenie Meyer that I was glad to finish.  It is not that I did not like the book or the characters, but I found myself not wanting to be in their world anymore.  I was happy to leave them and return to my own world.  The story is well written, the characters are well developed, and the surroundings in which the characters lived are described in great detail.  I was hoping to learn a bit more about one of the main characters, Jared, but did not.  He was only described through the opinion of the female characters in the book, Wanderer and Melanie, where in Twilight each character had a chance to tell his or her own story.  I wish Meyer had done that with this book as well.  I thoroughly enjoyed those parts.  That being said, I still liked the book and especially liked it’s message.

This book is about hope for the human race to survive in spite of themselves and those who attempt to destroy them.  As I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself that it is a similar to the histories of those who are in the minority versus the dominant group and how the less-advantaged manage to survive the attempts of the dominant to assimilate them.  It encourages people to stand up for themselves, their culture, and their right to exist.  For that reason, I recommend it to everyone, especially teenagers who are already struggling with their identity, as a source of strength in their quest to be authentic human beings.

The Host is a good read.  Pick it up!

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