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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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Love it, like it, hate it?

Post by Cocoa » Thu May 08, 2008 5:20 pm

How did it stack up? Give your review here.

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The Host

Post by Alosha » Thu May 08, 2008 6:00 pm

First I have a question, wasn't The Host supposed to be adult? I'm not disappointed, but I thought it had less "adult interations" than Twilight!!

I just finished the Host and I thought it was amazing! Reading it made me worship Stephanie Meyer even more! I'm 95% sure there will we a sequal because of the way it ended and am SOO EXITED! I thought the book showed that Stephanie Meyer can write more than the Twilight books and will have great sucess in future books. You can't compare it to Twilight because it's so different. BUY IT, you won't be disappointed.

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Post by Cellano » Thu May 08, 2008 6:13 pm

Alosha, I think it may have been considered adult because of the character ages.

I finished The Host in about a day and a half, and I love it. At first I was confused at the beginning, but as I read more it got more exciting and sucked me in. I'm really impressed with Stephanie's writing because it has grown so much, and it just feels like there is more bulk in it. I was a little surprised at the ending because it turned out a little different than what I guessed, but it was good. Also I went to a Barnes n Noble yesterday and I couldn't help, but check out The Host section where I found a lady looking at the books. I walked over and said, "It's a good book, read it." ;)

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Post by wewtXD » Thu May 08, 2008 7:10 pm

I'm getting it as we speak--my mom went out to the store and I begged her to buy it for me. :wink: I'm so excited to read it though. I've read the first chapter on Stephenie's site and it looks amazingly good!! It does seem kind of confusing though. Anyway, this will be my last post until I finish it, so see you all in like five hours!! :roll:
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Post by Li'lBit » Thu May 08, 2008 7:26 pm

You're right, Cellano, it's classified as an adult book not because it's inappropriate for young adults - but because the ages of the characters and the situations they find themselves in are typically more interesting to a more mature audience. Just like Teenage girls aren't the only ones who love Twilight though, there will be quite a lot of cross-over in the fandom of this book!

I expected to like this book despite not being a Sci Fi fan in general - but I wasn't prepared to love it as much as I do. It's definitely going on my shelf of favorites.
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Post by Shieka » Thu May 08, 2008 8:14 pm

I LOVED IT
adult book or not, im only 15 and i finished it in two days
i cant tell you how many times i got yelled out in class to put the book away

yea i was a little dissappointed with the lack of "intimacy" but all in all, i liked it as much as i like twilight
i hope stephenie does make the sequals!!!!
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Post by Alphie » Thu May 08, 2008 11:29 pm

People have forever misunderstood what an "adult" book is. Being adult literature doesn't mean that you have sexual situations. It means that your target audience is an adult. Take books like The Kite Runner and Tuesdays with Maury and The Memory Keeper's Daughter. They are all "adult" books and not one of them has a full out intimate scene like something you'd find in a romance novel. being "adult" has nothing to do with the content but rather the target audience.

Personally, I loved the host. I enjoy learning about humanity from a non-human character. I loved that Stephenie dealt with so many more relationships than just the romantic ones... not that I didn't enjoy the romance, because I did! But I loved watching Mel/Wanda with Jamie. And I loved the scenario of a "perfect" world that really isn't perfect. Plus... this book has Ian. I've been in love with Ian for a LOOOOOOOONG time now!
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Post by Marcy » Thu May 08, 2008 11:30 pm

There really aren't words for how much I loved this book.

It really touched me (much like Twilight)

Stephenie is truly an artist with characters.
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Post by Gabbie » Thu May 08, 2008 11:41 pm

I loved it.
That's all I can really say. :shock:
I just thought it was absolutely exceptional,yet again-showing how amazing SM is as a writer.
I was completly drawn in,like when I read Twilight. I felt for the characters and the situations they were in. I was in love with little Jamie,as the bond between Melanie and him reminded me much of me and my youngest brothers bond. It was just amazing. SM captured every emotion perfectly.
I loved that it wasn't just romance all the way through,how it showed love through other perspectives.
Ahh,it was just amazing. :shock:

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Just Finished!

Post by bronte_replay » Fri May 09, 2008 2:56 am

Just finished the Host and it didn't take very long because it keeps pulling you in and through it like a good book should.

I haven't read any of the other threads yet... wanted to add my praise as soon as i was done. one of the things that i admire about stephenie's writing is that she explores the depth of potential goodness and selflessness and strength of individuals while examining the human condition & relationships... not just the depth of how evil or sick or weak we can be. i think this is a much more difficult task to make "interesting" for people but she does it... there isn't a lot of shock value in "being good" or kind or moral or humane. or is there? hmmmm....

and i love how Ian sneaks up on you...

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