|Youre never supposed to review a book you havent
finished reading. Im giving fair warning that this review breaks that rule.
premise of The Host is that humanity has been taken over by a race
of parasitic aliens that twine themselves about individuals central nervous systems
and take over their bodies. This is by no means a new idea, as people who watched the
original Star Trek know. (Flying pancakes, anyone?)
I started the book with some anticipation, because when its done well this
premise can lead to thought-provoking writing. After 142 pages, when I still had about 475
pages to go, I called a halt. There was simply too much. What I was reading provoked some
thoughts, yesbut no interest. The aliens view themselves as gentle saviours,
stepping in and taking over sentient races and preserving the ecosystems in which they
live. This naturally leads to reflections on humanity and our role in our ecosystem, but
ultimately I was overcome by apathy.
When I stopped reading, the book was looking to turn into a romance between the main
character, an alien in the body of a human whose mind still functions (lots of internal
dialogues going on) and the former friend/lover of the human. An extremely improbable, and
probably boring, romance.
Stephanie Meyer is the author of the enormously popular Twilight series. I had
thought that I might give that a go, because its huge popularity is likely to indicate
some level of
well, interestingness. After trying to read this book, Im not
going to bother.