Well I bought The Host yesterday on my lunch break. I read 1 chapter at lunch then at 5 p.m. got home & began a new journey. This book is by Stephenie Meyer (you know my Twilight author); it is her first adult/sci-fi/fantasy book.
Okay I finished the book around 2:47 a.m. It was very good. I was caught off guard by its twist and turns through humanity. Twilight is first & foremost a love story - the Host however will make you question your depth of compassion. The true meaning of being 'human' and the way we take advantage of the beautiful world we live in. It explores our flaws, the concept of a supposed more intelligent peace minding species that could better our world. I found myself crying through most of the book. There are light areas of laughter, but on the whole your main characters are really being tested, they are going through a difficult discovery that is both exciting and terrifying. Emotions run higher than any I have read...If you don't usually read sci-fi don't shy away from this one. Stephenie manages again to create characters that make the abnormal very normal. I really enjoyed this book. It cannot be compared to Twilight in any way - they are apples & oranges. But their one resemblence is the depth of her characters, how she makes you want to know every facet of their reactions. I found in the core of this story on compassion the meaning of family. Who we encounter day in and day out is not always our family, where we live & who we live with does not immediately mean acceptance. It is when our hearts & our minds are open to the character, to the 'soul' of someone that we begin to create or break family ties. Anyway, I hope that any of you with any spare time will read it and remember to keep an open mind & open heart for each person you encounter during the journey...
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