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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068048
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-but-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series. --Mari Malcolm

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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)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Natalie C. Ramsay on July 19 2008
Format: Hardcover
I keep reading reviews that claim Meyer's has exposed a whole new writing style through her novel "the Host", however I felt that it was more of what made her books popular to begin with. The storyline is engaging and unique and definately a lovely summer read. The only issue I have however, is that to me, her main character was so similar to the character Bella in her Twilight series. After reading the Twilight series, I was hoping that Meyers could provide a character not so dependent on her male counterparts. The love triangle reminds me of the love triangle in Twilight and the brave but weak heroine who ultimately is at the mercy of her male counterparts to protect -and at times control- her leaves more to be desired. If the story had diverted slightly more from this archetype, this book would have easily been 5 stars for me.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susie Sharon on June 5 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was extremely surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book. I read the author's previous three books, even though they were meant for young adults and liked them just fine. When I read the description of The Host, I wasn't convinced that I would like it. I was wrong. It is much more then about aliens taking over the earth. It's about differences, racism, acceptance or the lack thereof. It's about seeing and understanding your friends and your enemies. Putting yourself in their shoes and being able to empathize and sympathize. Everyone can take something from the book and learn a little. Hopefully, Ms Meyer will continue to write for adults as well as young adults!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on July 15 2008
Format: Hardcover
I know there is abundance of Stephenie Meyer fans out there and for good reason. She does write enjoyable books to read. Two stars means I thought the book was okay. It was an effortless read and it did keep my interest except for a few parts that dragged on.

I have read her vampire books and I found the female characters in the vampire books and in "The Host" pretty much fashioned from the same mold. Their only reason for existence is for the men they are in love with.

"The Host" is about an alien species that are parasites, that is they can only survive by living within a host. The parasites or "souls" as they are called in the book conquer earth and are living in the humans. The parasites are supposed to take over the humans with no resistance from the humans, but some humans are feistier and their soul exists with the parasite's soul within the human body.

The main character is a soul named Wanderer and she is in the human body of Melanie. Melanie is one of the resistant human souls, so she and the Wanderer have interesting conversations within Melanie's human head. I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book. Following the struggle of Melanie and the Wanderer was captivating.

The parasites are small ribbon like, silver creatures that attach to the back of the neck and into the nervous system inside the humans; the procedure of implantation is generally performed by healers.

Melanie was part of a resistance group, but she gets caught and Wanderer is implanted into Melanie. Over time Melanie's memories of her lover Jared and her brother Jamie are so overwhelming that Wanderer falls in love with them and seeks them out. Wanderer goes native and joins the human resistance group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M. Dow on April 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Host is the first adult novel from YA phenom Stephenie Meyer. And it's fantastic. Told from the perspective of Wanderer, the story relies a lot on the inner dialogue between Wanderer and Melanie to keep the plot moving along. Meyer has done an excellent job of creating a character who is foreign enough to seem like an alien, yet human enough to be relatable. The supporting cast is Oscar-worthy as well, from crazy Uncle Jeb, to grief-stricken Jared to the sweetly loveable Ian. As Wanderer meets these people and begins to get to know them, you are witness to her confusion between what she's been taught about humans and what these ones are really like.

I think the tagline works. While sci-fi fans will enjoy this book, it also appeals to a broader audince. It's a romance, it's an adventure, it's a story about survival. There's a lot going on here! In much the same way that Twilight is not really a "vampire book," The Host is not purely sci-fi.

That said, this story does draw on a lot of classic sci-fi themes, most noticeably the question of what it really means to be human. Wanderer is obviously an alien and by the very manner of her living an enemy of the humans, but as time goes on, she also becomes friends with Melanie and the others. The souls are actually a much more peaceful race than humans... to the point that they view humans as barbaric animals, hardly worthy to be called an intelligent species. Could the souls actually be more human than humans?

The richness of the alien race Meyers has created is worthy of note. If you enjoy a good flight of imagination, this is a good one for you.
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