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14 July 2010 @ 05:15 pm
The host, chapter 7  
In which Wanderer gives a science class and the seeker offers Wanderer a career change.

You know, I’m not the greatest scientific mind of my generation, but I do know something about population control. See, things like illnesses, predators, space and reproduction serve to control species from going over board. Over population can lead to the species to destruct itself (aka population crash) or destroy the environment they’re in. Think coquies in Hawaii. They have no natural predators there so they started reproducing like crazy and they are driving people insane. XD This is why you don’t screw with nature by changing the food chain or introducing animals.

Why do I say that? Because the start of this chapter Wanderer is giving a class about how the awesomely kind souls are doing just that on the planet of “fire tasters”. You see the “fire tasters” eat “walking flowers” and have been eating them since the first day they grew hungry. Then the souls come in and ruin their diet calling it barbaric and how good is it that they came and took over. According to them the “walking flowers” have a “conscience” and since they discovered that they want to assimilate the suckers. What? You thought they were doing that out of the goodness of their heart? Yes, they say that but look how they are acting. Do the flowers even need their brand of help? How is what they’re doing with them, killing their souls and inserting themselves in the empty shelves, any better than just eating them?

The students express their horror at this, especially one called Robert, but Wanderer calms them down. She still says the planet is good and special while thinking its barbaric and that’s why she skipped this particular planet. Melanie’s response?

Why not tell them? You do think it’s barbaric—and cruel and wrong. Which is pretty ironic if you ask me—not that you ever do. What’s the problem? Are you ashamed that you agree with Robert? Because he’s more human than the others?

Dammit! Stop calling her a hypocrite. You affect my emotional health. I know you're going to suck the moment I decide to like you.

The Seeker shows up in class, making true to her promise of stalking (how come hers is bad but Jared’s is a-ok?) . Wanderer ends the class unhappy and they start arguing about if humans are evil. Not-Jane thinks that we are genetically evil while Wanderer pity us (and yet she will take over us and every other species as it is convenient to her). Just to prove how evil she is, she tells Wanderer that she got info about her case through Kathy and wants to kick her out of Melanie’s body. You see, souls have a rate of under 20% of succeeding taking over adult hosts. If this keeps up Melanie will beat Wanderer out and turn out like Kevin (Kevin mention FTW!!)

This freaks Wanderer out and NotJane is smug about it. NotJane starts talking about how Wanderer should sacrifice… herself… to motherhood. O-kay, WTF?! Is Meyer cribbing from Breaking Dawn now? Honestly, babies and true love forever is all she can talk about! Even with aliens involved! Write something different! She was doing so well too.

Wanderer excuses herself because NotJane makes her vomit. (I understand the feeling) . They have a nice conversation about what to do with the Seeker: Melanie suggests to get her fired but Wanderer says it’s not that easy because their government…. Oh, lord. XD Want to know what their government is?

Yes, the souls are the annoying peasants. I may be alone in this, but that brought me the biggest smile ever. Now if only I could order Wanderer to be quiet.

Knowing how happy I am, Meyer has to bring me down by having Melanie say: “Let’s kill her then” followed by Wanderer in a high horse. Because we are barbaric and we suck. Oh, where would be without the good and kind souls? And you know what pisses me off about this? Wanderer decides to go to Chicago to meet the healer (goddamit, Ford is coming back?!) for this beautiful reason:

Wanderer: I’m going to see the Healer. I don’t trust her. I want to talk to him before I make my decision.

There was a brief silence before she spoke again.

Melanie: The decision to kill me?
Wanderer: Yes, that one.

You fucking two faced bitch. May you lick the floor of an abandoned gas station bathroom. How is that any better than Melanie wanting to kill NotJane and the Fires to eat the flowers?! Go to hell, bitch! 

(Chapter 8)
Feeling: pissed offpissed off
zelda_queenzelda_queen on July 15th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Meyer does know how to ruin good things, doesn't she?

Although I agree, the image of Wanda shouting "'Elp! I'm being repressed" is hilarious XD
Miss Shaolinashaolina on July 15th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
She truly does. It was going so well and she had to make this suck. The Host may suck less than Twilight, but it's chapters like this that remind me this indeed sucks.

Monty Python makes everything better. XD When I read the description I just had to put it in.

cecamire on July 15th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Melanie: The decision to kill me?
Wanderer: Yes, that one.

I'm not sure why, but this just cracked me up.

Commenting for the first time in ages because I finally have access to the internet...

Also, should there be a big space between "Want to know what their government is?" and "Yes, the souls are the annoying peasants.", or do school computers not load certain things?
Miss Shaolinashaolina on July 15th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, welcome back. ^_^

The casualness would have made me laugh too if it wasn't for Wanderer's constant "You humans suck because you kill and get angry. You should be happy we are taking over" yet she is no better than Melanie.

And in the space was a video. It's not a bad video so I'm sot sure why your school computer doesn't show it. Here's the link:

cecamire on July 19th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, that'd be it. Our school blocks Youtube, among a host of other sites.

I'll watch it next month when our internet comes back :D