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The Host: A Novel [Hardcover]

Stephenie Meyer
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Book Description

May 6 2008
The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take 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.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

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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

From Publishers Weekly

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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great escape for a summer read July 19 2008
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
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
2.0 out of 5 stars The Host July 15 2008
By Pauline
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for all ages! Aug. 19 2014
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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. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys teen romance/ sci-fi novels. It's great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read Jan. 26 2014
By Joy
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good Jan. 18 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really good book. Much better than her vampire series. We were three to read it on vacatiob. My boyfriend enjoyed it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing Aug. 27 2013
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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 more relatable than the humans and their struggles. By the end of the book, the love story with Wanda was more heart warming than Melanie's, not to say I didn't appreciate her struggles and her joyous reunion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good May 1 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good book, the ending was a bit confusing , need to be more specific as to which body we are in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Meyer
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
Published 15 months ago by Book Cupid
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long with not enough plot
This might have made a pretty good short story but the plot was far too thin to carry it for that long. Absolutely no suspense but an interesting premise.
Published 16 months ago by ILONKA NOBLE
5.0 out of 5 stars It Surprised me
I really do not read sci fi type books, but this was realistically written as if it could happen.
It keeps you intrerested and draws you in to the characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frank Chiarelli ....Frank Chiarell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Host - engaging read
I liked this book, the story was engaging and the characters were developed. I know this has become a movie but I wanted to read it first. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Debbie King
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Published 17 months ago by Lii
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird,Warm and Wonderful
"The Host" is a very interestng book. I read it on rainy days, or days where I just need an adventure. "The Host" is my favorie book of all time! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I actually liked this just as much as the Twilight books- maybe even more. I know a movie is coming out in 2013 so I think it should be a great story on screen. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
Having read the Twilight books I was not expecting much. I found the relationships to be completely unrealistic and the characters were one diminutional which is why I was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Gordon
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