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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Book description:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy.  Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.


Truthfully, I have been putting off reading this book for a while now because I just knew I wouldn’t like it much.  I’m not a big fan of Sci-fi, but because it was written by Stephenie Meyer and I’m such a fan of the Twilight series I decided to give it a shot.

I’m SO glad I did!

Sure, it’s a bit Sci-fi, but not what you would call hard-core Sci-fi.

If nothing else, Meyer created characters that we can relate to and are able to forget that there are two souls in one body.  Melanie and Wanderer are two completely separate characters although they are in one body, and are both in love with Jared.

Although, this isn’t considered a romance, there is sort of a love triangle.  I found myself having a hard time deciding who I wanted Wanderer to end up with in the end.  I also had a hard time figuring out how it all would end, and I love trying to figure those things out.

I do recommend this book to everyone.  Try to read it before the movie comes out.  That’s what I do anyway.




3 Responses

  1. I didn’t read this book but hubby did. He said it started off good but began to drag and he really had trouble finishing it. That could be because it’s more a chick book than a guy book.

    Glad to see you made it home!

  2. I’ve seen this book and thought about reading it, then hesitated for different reasons. Now I think I will go ahead and give it a shot. After all, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Twilight series.

    One of the next books on my to read list is State of Wonder. My friend Karen highly recommends it, and she and I have similar tastes in so many things.

  3. loved this book. I heard there were two other books planned in this series (2. The Soul and 3. The Seeker) coming out next year. Can’t wait!

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