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The Host: A Novel

A book by Stephenie Meyer

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Amazing and Unforgettable

  • Aug 20, 2008
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Earth has been invaded by parasitic souls. The souls think they are helping the humans by purging the Earth of violence; the resisting humans see it differently. Humans have become hosts for these parasites and been forced to relinquish control of their bodies and minds to the souls. The resisting humans see this as bad as murder, if not worse.

Wanderer is a soul who has chosen Earth as the setting for her ninth life. She is given the body of Melanie Stryder, a recently captured resister. Wanderer has been informed about the increased difficulties of a mature adult host, but she never expects for Melanie's mind to still be there. Melanie, always a fighter, refuses to give up. Instead, she tries to protect the humans she loves from Wanderer, lest a Seeker find them and make them into hosts for more parasites. But Melanie slips up and Wanderer gains knowledge of the existence of Jared, the man Melanie loves. Strangely though, Wanderer finds herself unable to completely separate her body's desires from her own, and she begins to fall in love with this human she's never met. Soon, an annoyingly persistent Seeker unites Melanie and Wanderer, and they set off to find the man they both love.

I will admit that after reading the slightly disappointing Breaking Dawn, I was afraid that Stephenie Meyer's writing had gone downhill, but after reading The Host, my faith was restored. Firstly, the idea behind this story, a science-fiction romance, was so unique that it immediately captured my interest. On top of that, the characters, especially Wanderer and Melanie, were so well developed that they actions were always easy to understand. Plus, the sense of desperation added in some action. I loved how everything fit together perfectly in the end, even thought that doesn't leave room for a sequel. The ending of the story, probably the last fifty pages or so, was my favorite part of this book, because that was when everything really came together; every character realized their importance and other conflicts were unexpectedly resolved. I don't think I could've asked for a better story than this; it was all I was hoping for from the incredible author of Twilight and more.

I loved this story and recommend it to all readers, whether they be fans of Stephenie Meyer/science-fiction/romances or not. Length shouldn't be an issue either; those 600 pages really flew by. I suggest everyone find a copy of The Host so they can read this amazing story for themselves.

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review by . July 07, 2010
Unlike the Twilight series, there isn't much outside action, but more inner movement. The characters 'dance' slowly and evolve in consciousness and understanding, growing in depth, and in this aspect you can say that the story is a fable on how fear of the unknown can be overcome, thus leading to discovering new worlds of beauty.       There is a bit of controversy, though: if this civilization is so evolved and compassionate, how come they are taking over Earth …
review by . July 05, 2010
     It's not about vampires or werewolves, but author Stephenie Meyer has shown she can not only write about teens and the supernatural, she can also tackle young adults and science fiction.        While I enjoyed reading the first three Twilight novels, I have to admit I didn't enjoy the fourth book as much. So when I picked up this book, I expected to be disappointed. I am happy to admit that was not the case.       …
review by . July 07, 2010
The Host is so substantially different from the style of writing I am used to reading from Stephanie Meyer. I am a fan of the Twilight Saga, however, she takes her writing style to a whole nother level with The Host. Granted, some of the same themes stay. A forbidden love, and the struggle to fit in where one does not feel they belong are two themes that remain constant as Stephanie Meyer transitions away from her popular Twilight books. The Souls are a collection of advanced beings that overthrow …
review by . June 28, 2010
Craziest love triangle ever with a sci-fi twist.
So after reading the twilight books, which I loved, I decided to give Meyer's other book a try. A sci-fi book about alien body snatchers isn't the most original idea, but neither was vampires and she brought them into a whole new light (lame pun?).      Aliens take over the planet by inserting themselves into humans necks by the spinal cord and taking over the bodies. By the time humanity figures out what is going on it is too late, because they did all of this without …
review by . July 07, 2010
A facinating idea for a book
   The Host, by Stephanie Meyers, is not quite like her previous Twilight series.  I imagine many do not like the Twilight series and therefore feel they will not like The Host.  This is not true!  The two are very different and though I am a fan of the Twilight series, I like The Host much more.       The plot of the book surrounds the character Mel.  The story takes place on Earth after a colony of aliens called "souls" have taken …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Interesting hook of a topic, didn't follow through enough for me to get to the end.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
not as good as the twilight series, but had some interesting ideas
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
not as good as the twilight books, but still ade for an interesting read in the end.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
I hated the Twilight books, but a friend convinced me to try this, and, lo and behold, Stephanie Meyer is NOT a terrible writer! Which, incidentally, makes me hate Twilight even more (if she can write well, why didn't she do it for teens? Because they're too stupid to understand more intelligent themes??). Still not the best, but intriguingly entertaining and, most interestingly, thought provoking without being as frighteningly anti-feminist as Twilight.
review by . September 04, 2009
I was a late blooming Stephanie Meyer fan. Yet, it started, like most of my other YA author obsessions with a friend who's 12 year old wanted to read the books. "Rach, you read, right?" (I love that line) "Have you read this Twilight series? Its supposedly got all the kids in Melanie's class going nutty, but I don't want to get it for her if I don't know what its about. Something about vampires." The first thing that came to mind was, "pick up the book and read it yourself!" Yet, vampires, excited …
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ISBN-10: 0316068047
ISBN-13: 978-0316068048
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 6, 2008)
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