The Wanderer

Discussion for Stephenie Meyer's debut sci-fic/romance novel. Now open for all discussion. Don't enter if you haven't yet finished the book!
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The Wanderer

Post by Cocoa »

The Place to discuss the character The Wanderer. Her lives, her insertion, why would she volunteer for this, discuss the difficulty she seems to be having with Melanie's memories not fading?
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Post by Spiro »

Ok, now that I've read this over twice, I'm getting a better understanding. Was a little confused at first. I see now that the wanderer is in Melanie. The ending threw me a bit.
The Wanderer has to be very special to be chosen. Esp. living on 7 different planets and being in so many different hosts of sorts.
She will inevitably have the final decision on what will happen to humans in the end. Esp. since Melanie is so "strong" with her emotions.
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Post by Forevertopaz17 »

Right now I don't even know what to think. This forum is almost like how a Twilight forum would've been before the book came out. I just can't guess anything.

I found the excerpts a little confusing, probably because the excerpts jump around. I'll need to go back and re-read them.
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Post by Isabella Cullen »

It was hard for me to like Wanderer in the beginning, but she grew on me. :D (No pun intended..haha!)

I love her character. She's not so unlike Melanie, which I think is a bit ironic, considering that she's inside Melanie's body. :D But I really loved how strong of a character she had, and how much, despite all the odds, she was able to overcome such difficulties.

I really can't say anything more about her without spoiling, so I'll conclude with this: Wanderer will find her own place in your heart, you just have to give her a chance. She's truly an incredible person. :)
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Post by XxKatiexX »

She seems to be very special and important. It took me while to get it, first I thought wanderer is a male soul or something else it was a bit confusing fords Deep water is a strange name too so it wasn't easy to understand the thing with the names. (maybe they only sound strange to me)

so I think maybe she is very curious about a normal human life and very happy to be in a human body
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Post by QuirkyMarie »

This entire story had me going on about how easily this could be linked to "Soul mates" theme. Ive of course only read what is avalible and already say im very excited for the book The wander did grow on me a lot and i know i found a speacial liking to its character relationship handeling. The character just seems so gripping within itself to me.

The connection with Melanie and the whole searching thing is exciting and the wanderer only succeeds in bringing in depth to me. I cant say much other then i cant wait to see what happens and i like the wanderer already.
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Post by Shieka »

Wanda suprized me to say the least
i was ready to HATE her, i mean hate
but i found i liked her more than i like mel
shes also one of the few female characters that i like in book
im usually not fond of female characters....

I like wanda because she was so sacrificing like when she said she wanted to die so mel could leave
and when she said she wanted to be buried next to wes and walter i broke into tears for her....
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Post by bronte_replay »

I know what you mean Shieka... the self sacrifice on Wanderer's part was really powerful. You see her as a non-violent being who would choose to be murdered than to fight back, save someone's life who just tried to kill her and work so hard to ignore her own feelings in order to respect Mel and Jared's relationship. she is really strong in that sense. you can't really find fault with her.
i find it interesting too how she becomes more and more human through out the story - stealing medicine and supplies, lying, kidnapping souls, etc. ... breaking the rules but still with compassion for others. she does things she knows are wrong but understands you can't just have hard and fast rules when people you love are involved. ultimately at the end, she understands how to play by human rules and which rules she is willing to break. it's pretty insightful.
& of course choosing to tell a small lie about her age just so she can have the guy she wants. :D it doesn't hurt anybody of course since she is actually thousands of years old !!
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Post by Trey5565 »

I disliked her in the beginning. She just seemed like an arrogant, demon alien. She grew on me, i saw the good in her.

she was my favorite character next to Ian and Jeb

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Post by vegasn8ive »

That's one of the things I liked about this book. You see things from both the human and alien perspective. I was prepared to hate Wanda but by the end of the book I loved her. I love her way more than Melanie.

I think that's kind of the point, though. We read the book and realized that the person we thought we should hate was someone we could love. In the end, we learned the same lesson as Wanda did about humans and the rest of the humans did about the souls.
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