I cannot even begin to express how disappointed I am that there hasn't been a second book in 15 years, I would've ate this series up! Thankfully I believe it ended on a decent ending that could be mistake for happy for now, so I'm at least somewhat satisfied.
Meyer created such an interesting world in The Host, I loved the concept of aliens taking over planets in order to make them “peaceful” and not seeing anything wrong in what they're doing.The difficulty of being two people in one body and having differences with that person created the most perfect angst. I felt so sad for Melanie and what had become of her, the way she mourned her life from before with Jared and Jamie. Every memory she flashbacked to made my eyes water and yet I didn't hate Wanda at all, which was polarising. I couldn't help but feel sorry for her also and how she was treated and what she had to endure. The way she felt so unsure of herself and how people really felt about her because they couldn't separate her from Melanie.
The tension between Melanie & Jared, and Ian & Wanda was so sad. It was hard to watch the way they all pushed and pulled against eachother. I thought Ian's love for Wanda was so sweet, when he told her that he held her in his hand and that she was so beautiful, I squealed a little. Now that is a man that would love you even if you were a worm! That being said though, I did find the romance to be a bit cheesy and sappy at times, also Mel being 17 and Jared 26 at the beginning of their relationship was a little off putting but that's a Meyer staple I guess.