The Host, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • ISBN: 9780751540642

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Wow. Really impressed by this, even more so than the Twilight series. Told from the point of view of the alien that has 'possessed' a human host - but the human isn't taking this lightly and talks back to the invader - an unusual state of affairs. In a kind-of reverse Stockholm syndrome, Wanda (the invader) learns to understand, then respect, then love the humans that her species have usurped. Very moving.

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Another intriguing scifi/ fantasy story from Meyer. A little confusing at the beginning but worth persevering. Some unexpected twists. Enjoyable.

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All of you sci-fi people out there would really like this book! its about a girl named mellanie and she it captured by aliens called souls and the humans are about to go extinct and the few that are left are in hiding. you will go through the stuggle of mellanie and wanda having to get along with each other and saving the humans that are left and sacrificing everything that they have to remove all of the souls from the humans...

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I was originally recommended this book by many people recommending it due to the ‘multiple undertones.’ For the longest time I did not read the book due to being leery of the fact Stephenie Meyer wrote it. However before I caved and got around to reading it. I personally was actually rather surprised. Overall, I actually really loved it. Both for the plot on it own and some of the freaky similarities we noticed in subtext which reminded me of my life as a multiple. (Which was actually kind of unnerving in some ways…) Granted not everything single thing in the story fully set well, but that sometimes happens with books. For instance, I honestly, don’t know why Meyer is so fascinated with pairing older guys with underage girls and making it a point of it as she does. Plus, at the end, Wanda having a body to herself which was so weak and pathetically feeble rubbed some me kind of the wrong way as to why it was so needed in the story to such an extreme either. Not to forget the handwave that went on in relation to the Souls they sent off as they did, but perhaps if sequels to this story get published these will be worked out in more depth.Not to say those points were so terrible or detracting from the story though. Overall I actually enjoyed the book myself. Worth a read, though a bit long. I plan on reading it again. On of the multiple undertones which really hit home for me at least was the fear of silencing someone and losing them. Another was some of the subtle silent conversations so often interrupted by physical other people. While this book wasn’t written for multiples or people with DID/MPD it was a nice book with some of the undertones which reminded me of it, which is something which both attracted me to start reading it and what I found personally amusing throughout the work under the overall story.

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Back when it first came out, my wife plowed through <i>Twilight</i> and enjoyed it enough to recommend that I read it. This was just at (or slightly before) the onset of the major hype surrounding the franchise. I read the book and found it fluffy yet fun. I didn't outright dismiss it, but it didn't strike a huge chord with me enough to get caught up in the excitement surrounding it. A couple of years later <i>The Host</i> was released. We picked up a copy but let it sit idly on our shelf for the past couple of years. Finally after some recommendations (mostly from people who weren't big Twilight fans either), I picked it up and dove in.From a very high level the plot of <i>The Host</i> is "Invasion of the body snatchers as told from the perspective of one of the body snatchers after the invasion has been nearly 100% successful." The idea is that there is an alien race (called "Souls") which visits planets and parasitically entwines themselves into the nervous system of another race. In this way the Souls get to live out the life of a different race. The lifespan of Souls is very long (almost immortally long) so that they will often continue to implant themselves into body after body for many generations. The Souls may also travel from planet to planet and implant themselves into a variety of different species in order to have a variety of different experiences.As the book begins, the Souls have apparently been on Earth for a couple of years now and have nearly completely taken over. There are a few pockets of un-implanted humans here and there over the world but they are not a major threat to the Souls and over time the Souls send out Seekers to find these humans and bring them in to be implanted.There are some interesting parallels to be made with the Twilight series in that there are human and non-human groups. In <i>The Host</i>, however, the non-human group is the more populous and dominant group. As the pages turn, there is interaction between human and non-human.The main character is a Soul named Wanderer. She has been implanted into the human body of Melanie. The problem is, Melanie is fighting back. Melanie has regained her consciousness. Even though she can't control her own body, she can shout and complain (in her mind) with Wanderer. They share thoughts and conversations. This confuses and conflicts Wanderer and eventually she goes in search of Melanie's old family and friends.The first person narrative is rather fun and unique. Most of the time the narration is coming directly from Wanderer. But there is a lot of overlap between Wanderer and Melanie. This is handled through special formatting in italics or indentations on the page and works effectively in knowing who is speaking. I'm not sure how well this is going to translate to the screen when they turn it into a movie next year.When Wanderer/Melanie do start interacting with other humans I was worried that perhaps the book would quickly turn into a Twilight-esque teenage romance. Instead, I feel like Meyer did a good job of portraying the anger and mistrust that would be evident in a situation like this. The relationships between Wanderer/Melanie and the other humans (even those previously close to Melanie) felt realistic and convincing. This is a good thing because most of this book is about the psychology of the interactions and relationships. There is some action in the book, but most of the time the book is full of introspection or interpersonal dialog.As the book progressed and the story became more and more involved, I worried again about how everything might resolve itself. I guessed early on at a predictable method of ending the story (which was basically how it played out), but as Meyer added more and more problematic layers to the plot, I became less and less sure of how she was going to make things work out. So even though it was somewhat predictable, I felt like she got to the end in a natural and acceptable way.I found myself enjoying this book a lot more than I expected to. I planned on enjoying it about as much as I enjoyed Twilight…not fabulous, but not trash. While it's not "book of the year" material for me, I actually really liked the character interactions and the creative storyline. There were a number of pretty cool sci-fi elements twisted in as well as some well crafted scenes of notable tension.For those who get totally turned off by teenage romance style books, be warned that there is a romantic element in this book. It's a strange sort of love-triangle/square thing. It is a significant plot point but even as a non-romance fan I found it adding to my interest in the plot rather than turning me off from the book.If you're looking for an adventurous body-snatchers sci-fi book filled with running, chasing, fighting, etc., this is not the book you're looking for. But if you're interested in a thoughtful book with some well crafted concepts about interpersonal and interracial relationships, this could be a fun read for you.****3.5 out of 5 stars

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