So thankful that God had made me sick last week, I had finally managed to read another book by Stephenie Meyer, The Host. Unlike her famous vampire romance series of Twilight Saga, this book focuses more on the relationships of the characters and the intriguing dilemma of two lives sharing one body.
It’s a story of aliens, Soul who has invaded and taken over Earth because they believe human is incapable of making the world safe anymore due to fact that war is everywhere. Unlike any other aliens who will try to take over and deny any control of the human to its very own body, when she, Wanderer is placed in a human host, she soon finds herself loving her host, Melanie and let her to exist in her mind.
Wanderer is supposed to get all the information from Melanie about any human left on Earth and delivered it to her species. Yet, she fall in love with Melanie, her only younger brother, Jamie and her boyfriend, Jared and tries to save them from her very own species so that, they will remain safe as a human. Soon, she finally discovers them hiding with a group of humans who have grown to hate Souls and it has becomes a must for her to figure out a way to live peacefully with them because she needs to be in a place where Jamie and Jared live. Later, when she had won most of the human’ hearts, she had to deal with a very complicated love triangle with Melanie’s old flame, Jared and her new love interest, Ian. She loves Ian so much but every inch of her body loves Jared because the body belongs to Melanie not hers.
At the end of the story, Wanderer is so determined to give Melanie back her body but Ian was pleading her not to do so because he was so deeply in love with her. She was confused. She wants to set free Melanie but at the same time she can’t bear to see Ian to suffer like that. Besides, she loves Jared too that she wants to give Melanie back to him because he loves Melanie so much even though this fact does really hurt her.
“She’s trapped in here, Ian. It’s like a prison – worse than that; I can’t even describe it. She’s like a ghost. And I can free her. I can give her herself back.”
“You deserve a life, too, Wanda. You deserve to stay.”
“But I love her, Ian.”
“But I love you. Doesn’t that matter?”
“ Of course it matters. So much. Can’t you see? That only makes it more… necessary.”
“It’s so unbearable to have me love you? Is that it? I can keep my mouth shut, Wanda. I won’t say it again. You can be with Jared, if that’s what you want. Just stay.”
“ No, Ian! No. I – I love you too. Me, the silver worm in the back of her head. But my body doesn’t love you. It can’t love you. I can never love you in this body, Ian. It pulls me in two. It’s unbearable.”
p/s: I am wondering, could someone be as noble as Ian to shut his feeling up if that is what it takes to make Wanderer stay. Could someone ignore his/her feeling just to make sure that the girl/boy stay? even though it means that the girl/boy is with someone else? Is this kind of situation really exist in reality? I doubt that.