Love and The Host

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I want to start sharing my thoughts on some of the books I'm reading the second Tuesday of every month. Last month I reviewed Divergent! I try not to give away any big details of how the book turns out but like to give you a bit about the book and discuss an idea from the book that stood out to me.

This month I wanted to tell you about The Host. In a world where humans fight each other and revert to violence in almost any situation, alien Souls come to create a peaceful world. Melanie, a human host is caught and has a Soul placed in her. The Soul placed in Melanie, Wanderer, has lived in many different hosts on many different planets, but to her, our world is the strangest.

In a normal implantation situation, Melanie is supposed to give up and disappear leaving her body to the Soul, but Melanie is too much of a fighter. She has humans she left behind: Jared and Jamie. With the memories of them keeping Melanie alive and causing Wanderer to have feeling she never expected they set out on a journey. Together they both find family and love in a time where they didn't think was possible.

One of the great ideas of this book is love. Love humans show one another, love the Souls show to each other, love between the humans and Wanderer. One of my favorite passages from the book is this one said by the Wanderer:

“What was it that made this human love so much more desirable to me than the love of my own kind? Was it because it was exclusive and capricious? The souls offered love and acceptance to all. Did I crave a greater challenge?...Or was it simply better somehow? Because these humans hate with so much fury, was the other end of the spectrum that they could love with more heart and zeal and fire?”

I'm a sap, I believe that love is the strongest emotion people can have. Without love, I don't think we would be anything. Although I hope we don't have alien invasion, I've often wondered how love will be after you die. I sincerely hope that in Heaven I will be able to spend eternity with John and my family, the people I love. That my mind, body and soul will be so connected to John that he will be there with me no matter where I may go.

I really loved this book. I believe it is a good read for young adults and readers who enjoy a little bit of sci-fi and fantasy.

If you've read the book, what did you think about it? What about their idea of love in the novel?
For those of you who haven't read it, does it sound interesting?

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  1. This is a book I never would have thought of picking up, but it actually sounds pretty interesting. I'm slacking on my reading so I need to find some good reads!

  2. I really LOVE The Host. I read it so long ago that I'd love to reread it sometime, though.