Day 6, The Host, Chapters 31-34

July 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Day 6: July 18th. Discuss chapters 31-34 (pp. 313-357)
As “homework” to read between 7/18 and 7/21 read 358 – 407 (Chapters 35-39)

Needed

Visiting with Walter. Is it me or did this friendship kind of sneak up on the reader and catch them unawares? If Walter was introduced thoroughly early on, I sure didn’t notice him in the background until he got sick with cancer and started staying with Doc.

That being said, Walter dying of cancer. Cancer sure is ugly up, close, and personal, isn’t it? Wanderer/Melanie is great with him though. Much stronger than maybe they would be individually. This is in some ways like a hospice situation. Only way worse. Hospice is no treatment, no measures to preserve or extend life, but treatment for pain. The goal is to make the patient comfortable and ease him/her out of life gently. There is no getting better. Morphine is what Walter needs and ultimately what he gets.

Ian is there for Wanderer/Melanie.

Brandt. He hasn’t popped up much before. But he was one of the men that came with Kyle and Ian back in the very beginning to kill Wanderer/Melanie. He’s back again. He wants to “secure” the prisoner with rope. Why? They’ve been hearing helicopters and they think that Wanderer has been waiting for the opportunity to “signal” her Seeker. Ian and Doc both seem pretty disgusted with Brandt.

Doc. Tortured soul. Can’t help Walter. Can’t cure him. Can’t even relieve his pain at this point. He wants to help so badly, but he’s helpless in this situation.

Ambushed

Talk about tense. This chapter had me at the edge of my seat. How bout you? I don’t know about you but what do you think of Wanderer/Melanie’s rescue attempt? Would you, could you help your enemy survive at the cost of your own life both now and in the future?

Doubted

Ian. Of course it was Ian! He rescues her. And he saves his brother as well. But Wanderer/Melanie is his first priority. He knows. Ian knows his brother is scum. He knows Wanderer/Melanie is lying to try to protect Kyle. “Your definition of human is not the same as mine. To you, it means something…negative. To me, it’s a compliment–and by my definition, you are and he isn’t. Not after this.”

Wanderer/Melanie of course doesn’t think negatively of humans any more.

One of the reasons I like this book is that it does address the question what does it mean to be human. In this case, to be human is to be decent, to be compassionate, to treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Buried

Wanderer/Melanie is still recuperating. She was severely beaten after all. Walter’s still dying…and does in fact die…and is buried. Hence the title. One of the soul’s secrets is out. Motherhood. Wanderer has the potential to be a mother. But being a mother means sacrificing your life. Each cell in your body becomes a new soul.

So any thoughts on this section? Are you liking it? Not liking it? Is the plot moving fast enough for you now?
Who do you like better–Melanie or Wanderer? Jared or Ian?

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  1. I think it was these chapters — especially Ambushed — that finally got me hooked on the book. That, and I started rooting for Ian. Love him here.

    I did notice Walter, but I’m not sure there was much indication of friendship. I’m wondering if Wanderer was upset not so much that it was Walter that was dying, but more because nothing could be done. In her experience/world, dying because of illness doesn’t happen. It’s violence or choice.

    I like Ian and Wanderer better at this point. Possibly because of my True Love issues — Ian and Wanderer’s relationship is better defined, better developed, and more interesting than Jared-Melanie’s — and possibly because they’re just more sympathetic.

    You know one thing that really bugged me? The fact that Seeker was all tense and angry and chasing in the beginning, but then she just drops off the face of the earth until these chapters. Meyer set something up, but then never really developed anything interesting from it. Disappointing.


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