The latest book I finished was The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I've had this since it first came out but was dissuaded from finishing it when I got bored in the first hundred pages. That was a very bad sign for me. I pushed it aside for something else and ended up not getting back to it until now.
Review: I will never claim myself to be good with science fiction. Although this novel is said to be an easy sell to those of us who are hesitant with the genre, I will admit to still struggling a bit. In some respects, it could be that the deep sense of morality that the alien "Wanderer" or "Wanda" had just seemed strange to me at first. Yes she was an alien, but her thoughts and ideas seemed so human-like as to make it difficult to see her as such a leech. On the flip side, we knew immediately that Melanie was a feisty soul, since she continued to fight for her presence in her own body. I loved Melanie and wanted her to have her life back, so the complication of having a moral and kind alien taking up space in her body really complicated the entire situation.
The first hundred pages or so really are a bit slow. I have to warn reluctant readers that for me, at least, it was difficult to get through all of the set up for the society and hosting by human bodies that goes on in this future time. The relationships in the book are well established though, with characters that are complicated and easy to care about. Meyer does a nice job of complicating our expected beliefs that Wanda is the bad guy in the story and should be eliminated. Yes, she has taken over Melanie's body, but could it be that Wanda is as much a victim in this story as her human host?
The different ideas about the value of life and relationships were interesting, and although I struggle with my own suspension of belief, I thought it was a good story. It's not always my cup of tea to read survivalist tales or about alien life forms. Who knew I was such a hard sell? While not the top of my list of favorite reads, it was an interesting new one. Oh, and I can also say that after putting it down the first time, that I've read it!
*FTC Disclosure: This review was based off of a personal copy of the novel.
What books have you started, only to put them down and not return to them until later down the road?