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This was a wonderful book. I have to say that I bought it simply on a lark because I wanted to try one of Myer's books without having to buy into a sappy teen aged angst Vampire book. (sorry fans, no offense intended). This was incredible. Offered from the point of view of a controlling alien in a human body, it was unlike any other book I've read. Very enjoyably written without any real 'dead zones' where the reader has to force themselves to plod onward to stay with the story. The narrator (a female) didn't seem at first to be one I'd find enjoyable, but by the end, I was sold that she had done a very admirable job. Sci-Fi fans, don't pass this one by. General readers will enjoy it just as a work of well done fiction as well since the sci-fi isn't the overwhelming focus of the book, its more character driven. (A note of warning, since one doesn't in general know what to expect, the beginning pages are kind of jarring and can be mistaken for 'dull' until one understands the perspective being presented and the book finds its footing. Give it a bit of slack, you won't regret it.)
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Much better than her Twilight Series, probably because it is intended for adults, rather than teens, and I am in that latter target audience.
Very interesting insights into a genre that has been only had the surface touched before. Take Robert Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters" or ABC TV's recently failed series "Invasion" and leap three years after the symbiotic aliens have successfully conquered Earth and most of its human population then tell the story from the point of view of an alien introduced into a hostile host then you have the start of The Host.
The insights into the human condition, how precious life can be, how brutal and bestial we can treat each other, etc, really makes this book shine for me.
I do not think the shiny, happy ending was completely necessary but I like how in the hardback edition there are a few blank pages inserted between the natural conclusion of the novel and the happy ending so you have the choice to end there or carry on.
In my opinion, well written and well worth the money. I am actually listening to the audiobook version of it on my iPod now to pick up on any subtle nuances I may have missed or the narrator may convey in her reading of it.
This is the first current science fiction book I would highly recommend since The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which has become my all time favorite book. If this is a sampling of what Stephanie Meyer has to offer us readers once she breaks free of the money train teen-angst vampire saga, I will be one of the first in line for that book.
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I love this book, it's one of my favourites but I just can't stand the narrator! I understand that some people and by the reviews most people like her but to me she has a very peculiar way of speaking. She has weird inflections that almost make her sound like an automated voice and the voices she uses for the characters aren't very good. It's such a shame because I love this book, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to get through it.
And yes, I did listen to the sample but I thought I would get used to it as I have woth previous books when I have also not like the sound of the sample.
I like it well enough! one of those books I seem to frequently return to for something easy and entertaining. slightly more complicated storyline and character development than Meyers previous work