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What? Another Stephenie Meyer book? Especially how I felt after the Twilight series?
I know right.
And if you missed my wonderful review of those click here
Okay, I just reread my review. Stellar if I do say so myself.
Expecting the same?
Okay, let's clarify a few things here, once again.
I don't like sci-fi
Which is really sad since a good friend of mine is a sci-fi writer. And based on his many awards and honors, he must be AMAZING! But I have to confess that I haven't read much of his work. I can't. I'm sure that if I were to even attempt a full chapter, I would immediately be in way over my head, confused at the story, language and brilliant writing.
In short, I'm just not that smart.
So when my DILove dropped the The Host off for me to read, I was skeptical. I love me a good biography. Something tangible and real. I also love a good legal, murder mystery, dead bodies, bad cops, fresh lawyers figuring it all out. Love me some of that.
Fantasy? Not so much.
BUT - I decided to go into it with an open mind especially since the movie is coming out and I wanted to understand it before I see it. I don't want another Avatar Fiasco.
The story's premise? Surprisingly interesting. Not my usual cup of tea, but by the second chapter, I was totally sucked in and engaged.
I found myself liking every. single. character. Regardless if they were the nemesis or not. Okay, I didn't like Wanda's seeker - she was just plain whack, but by the end of the book, and I could see why she was so nasty, I had some sympathy for her.
The middle dragged slightly. But looking back, I can see that she was using it to further develop the characters that would be pivotal at the end of the story.
By 2/3 of the way through, I was totally committed to seeing it through. I cared about Melanie and Wanda and could totally feel the conflict. Even though the entire premise is fantasy and completely far fetched, the people in the book intrigued me. I wanted, no NEEDED to know how the situation was going to resolve and I desperately wanted a happy ending for everyone, yet couldn't see how that was going to happen. Stephenie was brilliant in keeping the suspense and then wrapping it up in a completely logical way (well, as logical can go for a fantasy)
I found many thoughts in the book to be profound really. The ideas expressed regarding humanity, struck a chord. On many occasion, I was itching for a highlighter to underline the words she used to describe love, loyalty, and the human heart.
My favorite part though? That there will be no sequel.
It had a beginning, a middle and an end.
No lingering questions.
She told a story and now the story is over.
Did it change my opinion of the Twilight series? Nope.
Did it change my opinion of her as a writer?
The book was well written, the characters endearing and the story intriguing.
And now, I really can't wait for the movie!