The Host: A Novel Hardcover – May 6 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent livre, excellent histoire. Un peu lent a rentrer dans l'histoire tout au debut, mais une fois que vous avez franchit le pas, vous ne serez pas déçu. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aquarius Lady
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 9 months ago by Anakina
Great story. The movie wasn't as good as the book (as per usual)Published 10 months ago by S. Lavin
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 18 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 on Jan. 26 2014 by Joy