I know, I know… It’s Stephanie Meyer.
I did a wonderful job of separating the art from artist in this case, if I do say so myself. I haven’t read Twilight in a very long time, but from what I remember of it, it wasn’t written as well as this book. In fact, if I didn’t know who wrote it, I wouldn’t have picked it as a Stephanie Meyer novel.
I somehow didn’t read this book when I was younger… I don’t even remember it coming out, to be honest. I had only mediocre hopes for this book, but was pleasantly surprised.
If you haven’t read it, this novel follows Wanderer, who is an alien belonging to a species that has taken over the Earth. To survive and conquer, they inhabit the bodies of humans. To do so, they erase the human’s mind, leaving only their body behind, which the “soul” (alien) inhabits. It’s a creepy prospect.
Wanderer takes over the body of Melanie, a young girl who had managed to escape being erased for quite a while by going into hiding with her younger brother and another man, Jared.
Melanie remains strong in her body, causing conflict for Wanderer, who finally succumbs and runs away from her society, back to the last remaining outpost of humans. They aren’t pleased to see her, but are they mad enough to kill?
There was a fair amount of violence in this book, but it wasn’t over the top. It wasn’t nice, but it added to the action aspect of this story.
I didn’t dislike anybody in particular- the characters weren’t written overly well but they weren’t dreadful.
The love triangle proudly advertised on the cover was a bit off- it was more of a love quadrangle. I wasn’t convinced about any of it… I couldn’t forgive Jared for being so horrible and I read Ian as much older than Wanderer, so that creeped me out. I think Meyer has a thing for the whole young girl, older man couple. I didn’t like it as the age gaps were just too big, particularly since the girls were only 17 or so.
I did like the relationship with Jamie, Melanie’s little brother. I thought it was sweet and helped Wanderer to seem less alien. I got a little emotional over their relationship, it was adorable at times!
The sci-fi element was fine also. It took a little while to get into and understand, but it was a creepily interesting world.
I would have liked to have seen some consequences for character actions. It just seemed all too lovey dovey- there’s plenty of talk about shooting people or having them thrown out of the caves, but nothing is done, even when the worst happens.
Overall, this book was fine. It probably didn’t need to be as big as it was (just over 600 pages), but it was okay. The pages kept turning and I got quite involved in the story, I just would have liked a bit more depth and less of the creepy love quadrangle. This is meant to be the first in a series, but I have no idea if a second is being written- it could easily stop where it is.