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Firstly, can I just ask people to PLEASE stop trying to compare this book to the Twilight series! Just because it is the same author doesn't mean they have to use the same story over and over again. I get the feeling that some of these people expected to read the books and have the same sort of story repeated? Maybe even Edward would wander in half way through. I don't know. But comparing two totally different storylines just because they're from the same author is wrong.
Personally I loved this book. It's a SciFi book (so if you're not into SciFi/are just a mythical fiction reader with no capacity for other genres, don't bother) about alien invasion and the paracitic overthrowing of the human race.
I was expecting the book to be from the Hosts point of view - I was for some reason surprised that it was actually the view of paracite gaining a handle on human emotions and I felt that Meyer managed to convey how "alien" our overcomplicated emotions would seem to another race exceptionally well.
I found myself totally engaged with the characters and generally followed their ups and downs through the story sympathetically.
A brilliant read, Stephenie Meyer should be proud as she has done very well to express this story so well. Thanks for a brilliant read!