I also love to read books that make me think, that raise intriguing questions and then do not always provide definitive answers. In The Host, Meyer attempts to shine light on a few of the more mysterious corners of humanity, both positive and negative. She explores the topic of love being both a mental and a physical bond, and she provides a framework for discussion of what it means to be violent versus peaceful in nature. Rather than neatly tie up every loose end, the story forces the readers to decide for themselves where they may stand on various issues.
Since I announced that I was reading The Host for review, a few readers have emailed me asking if I would recommend this book as appropriate reading material for Meyer's teenage fan base. Though it is a story that deals with the theme of love, there are no adult situations in the book that I would describe as sex scenes. This is Meyer's first novel geared towards a mature adult audience, yet she seems to be intentionally sensitive to the fact that her work draws a broad range of age groups.
Stephenie Meyer is the author of a bestselling young adult vampire romance series, the Twilight saga. Though I have not yet read them myself, you can be rest assured that I intend to run right out and buy the entire series, now that I have been introduced to Meyer's imaginative work. I rarely offer such effusive praise in a book review without some accompanying critical observations, but the fact of the matter is that when I consider my favorite books of 2008 thus far, The Host is at the top of my list.