Monday, 23 June 2008
Stephanie Meyer, The Host
The electricity was off for about ten hours yesterday, thanks to the mild gales wandering accross Britain. Annoying in that I couldn't get any work done, but at least I managed to finish The Host by Stephanie Meyer. What an amazing book. She's taken a fairly traditional sci fi/horror theme of invading alien parasites that control your brain and turned it into a wonderfully human story about the relationship between Wanderer, the 'soul' in question, Melanie, the human host, and a group of remaining uninfected humans including two of the people Melanie loves most. It says a lot about what it means to be human, both good and bad, and asks exactly what it is that makes us ourselves. It is, of course, beautifully written, with a clarity of prose that means that Meyer's beautiful language never draws attention to itself for its own sake. It's certainly well worth reading.