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April 13, 2013

Weekend Reviews: 'Host' plot offers no surprise

Just when we all thought we would be safe to turn on our televisions and re-enter the movie theaters after the last “Twilight” film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray, the cinema gods decided to toy with our emotions once more.

That’s right: Stephenie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” series, released another book in the midst of all of the “Twilight” fever. That book, titled “The Host,” was recently adapted into a film, no doubt to carry on the “Twilight” legacy and rake in unnecessarily large amounts of teenagers’ disposable income.

I’m not going to lie: I read “The Host” around the time of its release about four years ago, when I was a freshman in high school. The book was fairly thick and I needed a book to take on spring break, so it served its purpose.

The story takes place after an alien species has overtaken Earth and implanted their kind into the bodies of humans, thereby “perfecting” the human race and ridding it of its flaws.

However, there are small pockets of humans that have been able to avoid detection and capture, and fight for day-to-day survival. Melanie Stryder and her younger brother Jamie are two of those people, and they eventually meet up with another survivor, Jared, with whom Melanie develops a romantic relationship.

Eventually Melanie is captured by the “Seekers” when she is trying to distract them so that Jamie and Jared could escape, portraying the “brave” and “selfless” qualities the plot is heavily reliant on throughout the entirety of the story.

A soul called Wanderer is implanted into Melanie’s body to access her memories and give the Seekers an idea of where the rest of the survivors are hiding out. Much to their aggravation, Melanie is one of the humans that does not fade away once replaced with another soul, and she and Wanderer develop quite a rapport throughout the book.

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