Journal 3 &4
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Wanda's companions include Ian, her love interest and rock through the metaphorical storm that is her life, Melanie, the one to show her what it meant to be human, and to some extent Jared, Melanie's former boyfriend who supports Wanda because she is in Melanie's body. The only true companion that proved to be a hinderance in Melanie's end game was Ian. This is because he loved her and did not wish to see her go as she wanted. "Ian what is your opinion?" Jeb asked. "We need Wanda here' Firm-short he was copying me"
Wanda's lowest- and highest- point was when she realized that the best way she could help to give back would be to end her own life. "Okay," Jeb said. "Wanda, what's your side?" "Im giving Melanie back." Firm, short- no reasons to argue against." However Wanda still has to learn that although she might not be a selfish being, humans are, and some of them were simply not ready to let her go.
Wanda finally gives Melanie's body back to the humans in one final act of what she calls redemption for her "crimes". 'Be happy, Mel. Enjoy it all. Appreciate it for me.' 'I will, she promised. Bye, we thought together." She is then saved by Ian and put into another body to live with the humans once more, and Melanie got her body back. This book showed every element of the heroic pattern and did so in such a way that it felt incredibly meaningful and emotional.
Humans will always enjoy stories about heroes, figures who are extraordinary and willing t do the right thing no matter how difficult that decision is. This is because every time we read or hear a story of a hero we see a little bit of ourselves within that hero. The love and danger are things that we enjoy because we can be that hero in our own head and excitement always helps with attention. In this novel we see a hero. The embodiment of human love and compassion. The kicker, she is not even human! Not only does this allow for an intricate story with many elements not seen in a normal romance novel but it also shows that anyone can be a hero, after all if an alien from another planet can do it, then why can't we?
I'll be honest the end of the novel left me wishing for more. It felt like a build up that would lead to a sequel but with no direction left to go in. Even after saying that though the ending of the book showed that even in the darkest situation there is still hope and I believe this is the message that Meyers was trying to get across to us the whole time. The book has thoroughly shown the value of compassion and kindness throughout and taught about the necessity of hope in the world. I chose this book due to conflict with the author. I have read her other series, the Twilight Saga and found them deeply disappointing with little to no overarching message and hoped that Meyers would make up for those with this book. It is my personal belief that she has at the very least accomplished that goal. The Host was an incredibly written book with touching moments and deep, three dimensional characters, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read and relatable characters.
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