The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Page 2
There are a number of moving moments in this tale of a kind-hearted alien and the humans who come to love and understand it - I mean her. But it is a long tale, filled with slow turns and meandering ambles through such topics as what it means to be human and what it means to be a Soul.
Wanderer becomes Wanda and is accepted as a member of the hidden human community, but only after many trials and tribulations to prove her worth. Once accepted, she becomes the very lifeblood of the community. She can walk in and take whatever the humans need instead of stealing it. She can talk to the evil Soul police force called Seekers and they believe whatever she tells them. Once Wanda is accepted, life becomes much easier for the surviving humans. But there is still the overriding fact that the Earth now belongs to The Souls and there is nothing, so far, that they can do about that.
The audio book clocked in at 24 discs and yet as the story winds down, there is still a feeling of incompleteness. After all, Stephenie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) does love "the sequel," so I fully expect there to be a number of other books set in this Soul-filled Universe. Maybe she will even set a book on some other world and only mention the Earth in passing, as she mentions the many other worlds conquered by The Souls in The Host.
The Host was a good read and there were a number of hopeful moments. It's hard to miss the major point of the Host: humans are right bastards and the earth would be so much better off if they were all taken over by aliens. Funny how our generation is the first one to really, really hate ourselves like this. After all, The Aliens were the bad guys in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Puppetmasters. But then, vampires and werewolves and other supernatural beings used to be bad guys as well.