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The Host: A Novel

A book by Stephenie Meyer

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A possible true story somewhere down the road, if you ask me....

  • Jul 7, 2010
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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 entire planets by using the local ruling species as hosts, much like a parasite (as the Souls are called amongst the surviving humans). In many ways, these Souls are better than the humans. They are not driven by emotion, but by purpose. They are not violent, or at least not in the way humans are. However, they lack the piece of humanity that one needs in order to connect with life. This changes with "Wanda", or "The Wanderer".

The way these characters are developed makes you become completely attached to what happens. Granted, there are some characters that could use more developing, so as to fully understand the emotions behind their actions, but it would take entirely too long of a book to do so properly. The main characters are the same person. This is what I found interesting. Wanda takes over the body of a human, but that human remains mentally present throughout the book. You are able to see the struggle of two completely different beings struggle with each other within the same body, both becoming part of the same life. I'm not sure that any other author could have done quite as good of a job with the difficult task of not losing one character or the other within the single body - Stephanie Meyer did an award-winning job with these characters, from beginning to end.

The story of The Host is one that I can see conspiracy nuts having a field day with. A race of Souls taking over our bodies and blending into our society until our planet has been completely taken over? It's not that far of a stretch for my imagination to process that possibility. Stephanie Meyer makes you feel as if you are reading a true story. Nothing is too far out of place, and so you are able to fathom the possibilities of this fictional world. I believe that any book who can make fiction feel like reality is worth reading, and nothing, whether it be your dislike of fantasy, or your dislike or the Twilight books, should prevent you from giving The Host a try. You won't be disappointed.

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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 . 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.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I liked this better than the Twilight series. But that is just me.
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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