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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
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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This is certainly a book full of flaws, starting with the claim to be a novel for adults, as Meyer herself said in the interview given at the end of the volume. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anakina
I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit hesitant to read at first, as I had heard some poor reviews. Once I started reading though, I was hooked. I loved every page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kimberley
This made me cry at least a couple of times. Time for me to watch the movie and see if it does this book justice.Published 20 months ago by Joy
Really good book. Much better than her vampire series. We were three to read it on vacatiob. My boyfriend enjoyed it too.Published 20 months ago by mariloulav
I wasn't much of a fan of Twilight, but this was something that made you unexpectedly attached to characters lie Wanderer, to the point where her story and her side of things were... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2013 by JC
Never though I'd laugh at a kissing scene, but I guess there's always a first.
Meyer did it again for me. Read more