I actually read this book twice. The first time I read it I gave it the benefit of the doubt because I read it when I was home sick, and I thought thaI actually read this book twice. The first time I read it I gave it the benefit of the doubt because I read it when I was home sick, and I thought that's why it made my stomach turn. However, after reading it while perfectly healthy, I ended up hating it even more. It still turned my stomach because that's what it's meant to do. That's basically the only use that it has: to be disgusting.
A successful mash-up of a literary classic and zombies has to bring something new to the table: something that justifies making the great literary classic into a zombie book. Alice in Zombieland hinted at that for all of... five pages? There was a passing reference about the queen's zombie army, but nothing ever comes of it. Therefore, this was basically Lewis Carroll's masterpiece with every twenty-first word changed to make it "zombie-fied." In that way, much of it doesn't even make a whole lot of sense. Why do zombies sit around reciting poetry? They don't. They're much more concerned with eating brains, not seeing how well other zombies can recite "You Are Old Father William." Also, changing some of the characters' names is not clever, it's just stupid (The Dead Hare? Really?). It just fell short on basically everything. It's not clever, it's not unique, it's not fun, it's not even really writing. It's just butchering....more
Again, I had a really hard time deciding whether this should be three stars or four stars and ended up going with three. This one moved quicker than tAgain, I had a really hard time deciding whether this should be three stars or four stars and ended up going with three. This one moved quicker than the first one, Amber House, but it still took about a hundred pages before it started to get really exciting. My main problem with this one, however--why it got three stars instead of four--was because I was either confused about the new world the authors had created or because an interesting fact about that new world was mentioned in passing, and I wanted to know more about it. Maybe I'm one of the weird ones, but alternative history is deeply fascinating to me, and I really wanted to be submersed in this new world where there were several countries in North American--including the Confederation, New England, Astoria, and a few others that were mentioned at lightning speed--as well as kings, queens, presidents, and prime ministers. Maybe it's just because I'm from there, but what happened to the Midwest? I really wanted to know. I think a map of the new Americas at the beginning of the book, right after the family tree, would have been beyond helpfully and maybe would have peaked my interest even more.
Other than wanting to know about the new world, Neverwas was beyond exciting. Once you hit page one-fifty, good luck putting it down! I honestly don't know how I'm going to be able to wait until the third book. I really want to know what happens now! Hopefully, it's released before 2018 (the estimated time as of right now) because I seriously don't think I'll be able to stand the suspense until then. ...more
First of all, to the friends that insisted I read this: you were right, you can't judge Stephenie Meyer by Twilight. That being said, I don't think I'First of all, to the friends that insisted I read this: you were right, you can't judge Stephenie Meyer by Twilight. That being said, I don't think I'll read another Stephenie Meyer book. Mainly because, well, they're really long and really boring. I had three main problems with the Twilight series, and two of those didn't happen in The Host, which makes it much more enjoyable. For one thing it was extremely interesting. I loved all of the different planets and worlds that were created in this book and found them endlessly fascinating. Even the main premise of the book was beyond interesting; what would it be like to have an alien steal your body while your mind was still very much present? The potential is all there, and it had my interest from the very beginning.
The second reason why I liked the host where Twilight fell short is because I really liked the characters. Almost all of them. I loved Wanderer, which was a very good thing since it was told in her first person. I hate when I hate the narrator. Like Bella. I also loved Jeb and Ian. They were both lovely characters. Especially Jeb: I would love to read a book from Jeb's point of view. Jamie was cute, but he annoyed me because he acted so much younger than he actually was. I thought he was eight or nine for the longest time, and then it said he was, like, fourteen? Something like that. I have a wild imagination, but there is NO WAY a fourteen-year-old acts like that. Melanie was... okay. She sort of annoyed me until the end, but maybe that was because I was on Wanderer's side and not the humans'. I didn't care for Jared.
The third reason, and why this book fell a little short for me, was that it was just too long and too boring. It's six hundred and some pages, and it could have easily been two-fifty or three hundred. Much of the story is "the humans hate me, but I love them," inner turmoil, and I can only deal with that for so long. The other stuff that got long and boring was the day to day stuff, like the farming and the chores. I know it was setting up a delicate system, but did we really need day-by-day instructions on what they were doing and eating, etc? I had to wait a very long time (almost five hundred pages) for the exciting stuff to start, and I definitely found myself wishing that the book would have been about one of Wanderer's past lives. Like the Bears. I would have loved to read a book about her life as a Bear.
All of that being said, read this book if you love to read. Especially if you like books that help you think and imagine other worlds. Do not read this book if you get bored easily or are just an occasional reader....more