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The Host: A Novel

A book by Stephenie Meyer

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Craziest love triangle ever with a sci-fi twist.

  • Jun 28, 2010
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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 raising any suspicion. These aliens aren't hostile or vicious, but believe they are helping humans by taking away their pain, anger, and other negative emotions. Humans were not the first species to fall before them either. Many have encountered them and have been assimilated, adding to their technology and knowledge until they had no equals.

But there is a problem they haven't encountered before on Earth. Humans have five senses, an amount which far more than needed, and intakes far too much sensory data. And their emotions are so strong that it is easy to become confused and be influenced by their host bodies desires. And sometimes, very rarely, a human mind won't submit and be erased, but will fight back to hang on and try to regain control.

Such is the case for the main character, she has a human mind that just won't give up. Oh that's right, the protagonist of the story is the alien who took over the reluctant girl's body. Well it is really up to the reader to decided if she is truely the protagonist or not as she struggles to cope with sharing the human's brain with its' original inhabitant.

~Spoilers~
She eventually meets up with other humans of which her human host had relations with. Things become incredible complicated when the alien finds herself feeling love towards her host's boyfriend, who is sickened by what has been done to her and wants to end her life. Many more complications occure and you get one hell of a love tringle type thing which would be impossible for me to explain properly. Very moving and touching though.
~End of Spoilers~

I ended up liking this book more than the Twilight series, which I do still love. The end of this book made me cry, not figureatively or anything, but real tears. Which is pretty impressive since I am male and was 19 or 20 years old when I read this. I am unable to recall crying over anything besides this book. Definitely read this book! Even if you don't like sci-fi, even if you didn't like Twilight, this book is truely one of my favorites.
Craziest love triangle ever with a sci-fi twist.

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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 . 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 …
review by . July 23, 2009
We all know Stephanie Meyer from her Twilight series... but to my surprise, she can write a mean alien book too.    In this story, planet Earth has been overtaken by aliens called "Souls". These Souls are parasite-type aliens who implant themselves into the human brain and take over - thus the human race is practically extinct.    In comes Melanie Stryder - part of the human resistance and someone who has evaded capture for several years - she is captured …
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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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