Reviewing “The Host”

Stephenie Meyer’s new book hardly needs reviews — it’s been on the Amazon bestseller list for over two months and it is now at #7, one day after publication. Nonetheless, the pop culture mavens at Entertainment Weekly and USA Today reviewed it this week (don’t expect to hear Michiko Kakutani’s view of the book any time soon).

USA Today‘s Carol Memmott calls it “a startling and addictive Invasion of the Body Snatchers alien fest for the 21st century.” Entertainment Weekly gives it a “B,” saying it’s a bit too slow.

No problem; Meyer’s fans WANT her books to go on and on. As Neal Wyatt says in her LJ column, “RA Crossroads,”

Have you ever read something and been simply consumed by it? Not doing what needs to be done, just skipping everything else to read until the book ends? That just happened to me with Stephenie Meyer’s The Host

It’s baffling though, that none of the libraries I check have bought it for YA. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this one, unlike Meyer’s Twilight series has been pubbed as an adult title. You don’t have to wait for approval from the YA gatekeepers — there’s no reason not to buy The Host for both collections. As USA Today puts it:

It’s hard to figure out what makes The Host any more “mature” in content than Meyer’s Twilight series. There’s no adult language, no graphic sex scenes or acts of violence.

Has USA Today ever heard of marketing? She’s already conquered one market, now she wants to reach a broader one.

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-031606804
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition, $49.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio, (May 6, 2008)
  • Reader: Kate Reading
  • ISBN-10: 1600241662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241666
  • Paperback: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316034118
  • ISBN-13: 978-03160341

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