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I Enjoyed This Book, but....( warning for spoilers)
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2012
I want to start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it. However, this book was not without its flaws.
First off, I couldn't understand Melanie's love for Jared! I kept hoping that she would wake up to the fact that this guy was an absolute bastard. Not only did he beat her up when she first entered the cave, he continuously talked about killing her. Whenever Jared talked about Melanie/Wanderer, he always referred to her as "it"! Did this man not know that you don't hit a woman? Did this man not have any memories of his fondness for Melanie whenever he looked at her? While he did eventually warm up to Wanderer, it took him an awful long time to do so. I really wanted Melanie to clearly see the man for the brute that he was, but she kept longing for him like a puppy longing for a master who constantly kicks and starves him. For a young woman who was supposed to be strong and independent, her love for Jared seemed like something out of that TV movie Reviving Ophelia.
Second, Melanie/Wanderer spent way too much time with Jared in the third part of the book. I wanted to see more interaction with her and Ian, since Ian was supposed to be the love of Wanderer's life. I wanted there to be more opportunity for the reader to see the love between Wanderer and Ian develop. I felt as if Ian was left in the background too many times, while Jared was way too much in Wanderer's life.
Thirdly, the writing style in the last few chapters of the book went a bit downhill. There were times when the writer overused certain words too much, like "growled" and "sharp". The word "sharp" was even used many times in the same paragraph at one point. It was almost as if the writer ran out of words to use. Even some of the sentences and phrases were poorly written, such as "And his voice was a growl," or "No.I-I love you! Me, the little silver worm in the back of her head."
Fourth, everyone constantly hitting and kicking Kyle got to be a bit much. Enough, already!
Fifth, the names of the aliens, the different worlds, and some of the items were over-simplified. Names of alien medicines such as "smooth", "clean", and "heal" were a bit limited in their scope. Why couldn't the "clean" be called "antiseptic?" Still simple, but with a more specific meaning.
Lastly, this book didn't read like an adult novel to me. I thought that it read more like a young adult novel, especially with the simplified descriptions of many of the items, as well as the youth of the heroine Melanie.
Overall, I thought this was a book well worth reading and I would recommend it. Generally, it was well-written and it kept you interested until the end. I don't know if I would read any possible sequel to the book, though. From what I understand, Ms.Meyer plans to write The Host as a continuing series.