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The Host

By Stephenie Meyer

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Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2008
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading 'soul' who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, 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. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts 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 yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
EAN: 9781847441843
ISBN: 184744184X
Publisher: Sphere
Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.3 x 4.4 centimetres (1.06 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature and lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. She is the author of the internationally bestselling TWILIGHT, NEW MOON and ECLIPSE


After Earth is invaded by a small, sluglike species that uses human bodies as hosts, a small group of unhosted humans survives in hiding. When rebel Melanie is caught by alien police "seekers" while on a raid, she is implanted with an alien. Wanderer, the "soul" now in Melanie's head, expects her to fade away. Melanie refuses, eventually winning over her captor with memories of her lover. Melanie convinces Wanderer to go in search of her human family hiding somewhere in the Arizona desert. Meyer questions the definition of what it means to be human as well as what it means to love. The narrative is told entirely from Wanderer's viewpoint, which offers a unique perspective. Verdict Kate Reading's excellent narration aside, the plot drags for far too long with little action and less romance. Recommended to fans of Allie Condie's Matched and Meyer's "Twilight" series. ["The Host will likely appeal to readers interested in supernatural romance or character-driven science fiction. Questions of what defines humanity and love add a philosophical angle to an engaging and entertaining title," read the more accepting review of the New York Times best-selling Little, Brown hc, LJ 6/1/08. A motion picture adaptation was released March 29, 2013.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon?out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope." ?Orson Scott Card, author of The Ender Saga*"A fascinating, passionate, and unique psychological thriller. In The Host, Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase 'being of two minds!"?Katherine Neville, author of The Eight

In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a "soul" called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-A race of parasitic aliens has nearly completed its benevolent conquest of the aggressive, violent human race. By implanting themselves into humans, the souls have access to all of the hosts' memories and emotions and are indistinguishable from them. The humans do not realize they're being taken over until it is nearly too late. Some resist the invasion, including Melanie Stryder, her brother, and her lover. When Melanie is killed on a mission, her body is taken over by a soul named "Wanderer." Melanie's memories prove overwhelming for Wanderer, who eventually succumbs to her need to search out her family. What follows is a tale of survival, friendship, and love. By discussing Earth's invasion from the conqueror's viewpoint, the novel takes a unique look at a fairly standard plot device. It overcomes a slow beginning after Wanderer reaches the humans and begins to care about the ones she meets personally. She comes to love Melanie's brother like her own, fights her body's attraction to Melanie's lover, and grows ever closer to another human, Ian. The humans in turn accept Wanderer as a valuable and caring individual, rather than as Melanie's oppressor. They overcome their prejudices and begin to work together in the humans' best interests. Host will likely appeal to readers interested in supernatural romance or character-driven science fiction. Questions of what defines humanity and love add a philosophical angle to an engaging and entertaining title.-Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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When i bought this book, i'd just read the Twilight saga and was greiving over missing the charactors so much (some may think abit sad of that but who! i'd tried to read a some other books but just could not get past the first page nothing could engage my attention from those wonderful twilight charactors. I didn't think Host would be as good either but boy was i wrong. i fell totally inlove with these charactors and couldn't put the book down. Stephanie Meyer has a wonderful gift. I just hope there is a sequel to this one!!!! cos im grieving these Charactors now.....
Tegan Cann on
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I will admit that I have never been a fan of science fiction books, but enjoyed the Twilight series and decided to give this book a try. Honestly, now I really think about it, I think I liked this book MORE so than the Twilight series.

There are a few cons you need to be aware of. First this book is very hard to get into. The world that THE HOST is based in is very complex and takes a lot of explaining. I will be the first to say that regardless of the fact, Stephanie dose an amazing job of describing it. Though I can never see it happening in real life, she makes it believable and I was never asking questions. That leads into the next con, I think she goes into too much detail in some parts. There are a few chapters that I was asking myself ‘Did that really need to be in there?’ Saying that however, I was never board. Yes, some parts dragged on but I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the characters. I never expected myself to feel sorry for or feel sad when an ‘alien’, considering she took over a human’s body – but I did! It is a very well written book that would have taken ahellv alot of time to write and I am glad she did!

There were a few points in the book (events and love triangles!), that reminded me alot of the Twilight series. You can tell they are written by the same author. I feel that I must warn you to go into this book with an open mind. There are no vamps in this book and if that is what you are expecting, you will be disappointed.

I quite often re-read book several times, but I don’t think I will do this with THE HOST. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I really did, but because it is very detailed and I think I would find it boring if I had another go at it.
I am very glad I decided to read this book and would recommend you give it a go.
The Host was such an incredible book! When I first was given it as a gift I was very skeptical because it seemed so different from the Twilight books, and in all honesty the whole idea of parasite-worm-things (aka "souls") taking over human bodies weirded me out a bit too much... But after the first 100 pages (which are more difficult to get through as they just dont grab you completely yet) I was absolutely hooked. I've read this book over and over again and again. Wonderfully imaginative and creative. 6 stars!
Joanne Williams on
Another winner for Stephenie Meyer! This book was very entertaining and very clever!
I loved the twilight series, and was disappointed to find this book was slooooow to get into. It does not really grab your attention until chapter 3. Even then, I could happily put it down and walk away, and that's not something you can do with the twilight series (-: It's an okay read, but not great. Definitely not re-readable.
I think the reason is that the author does not manage to engage readers fully with the main character. The story showed great promise, but (and howl me down here if you want) for me it did not live up to it.
I don't recommend buying this for young teens as I think most will find it too slow, as I did. This is totally directed at a different audience from the twilight series. So the best people to check it out are ironically those who weren't so fond of the twilight series, as I have a friend who detests twilight (go figure lol) but loves this book. So if you keep the different target readers in mind when deciding whether or not to buy it, you won't go astray.
Rachael Powell on
An amazingly captivating scenerio which dabbles in romance, fear and finding your own identity. Loved the book so much I couldn't put it down once I got my head around the difference between a 'host' and a 'soul'. Would definantly recommend it!
I read this straight after the Twilight series and was a bit sceptical about "science fiction" stuff. I was pleasantly surprised. It took a few chapters to get into but then I was hooked. You find yourself so into the characters that you start to think for them!

The romance aspect was wonderful too...... can't wait for the sequel.
What a great book!! The story centres around some beings from another planet that take over the human body as would a parasite to a host.

Usually the human's personality disappears, but what happens when it remains and shares the thoughts of the host???

This book explores this question very well, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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