The Host

The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I waited to review this book until after I saw the movie. I was curious to see how they’d bring the story to the screen. I’ll warn you that I’m usually a total book purist. It’s very rare that I’ll think a movie does a book I’ve read justice. That being said, this may be the first time I’ve felt the complete opposite.

I found The Host really hard to get into. From the endless and bizarre stories of other worlds to the complete lack of action for a long, long time, I never felt a point when I was hooked. By the time I was halfway through, I was at least invested enough in the characters to find out what happened. Without spoiling anything, I will say that this book ended in typical Stephenie Meyer style: a message about a character finding their true selves in the unlikeliest of places, and love winning out, albeit in the most unrealistic and absurd ways.

The movie, however, was actually pretty good. There’s enough action to move the plot along, the development of the love triangle feels believable, and there’s just enough of the alien background to have you suspending your disbelief and going along for the ride.

So I’m glad I reviewed after I saw the movie. It’s what bumped my review up from a three to a four.

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