Despite its flaws- it is a Stephenie Meyer novel, after all- The Host is better than I expected it to be. I had originally planned on reading this book first, then the Twilight series. Thank god I didn't. Reading Twilight made me have incredibly low expectations for this book, but the quality in writing is noticeably different. Granted, some common elements of Twilight are present in The Host- a love triangle, a rather large age gap, and sickeningly sappy love-love behavior- but overall, had I not seen Meyer's name on the cover, I would have thought it was written by a different person.
Nothing absolutely ground-breaking, but it's a good enough book.