Monday, April 18, 2011

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publish Date: May, 6, 2008
ISBN: 9780316068048
List Price: $16.99
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Jacket Synopsis:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

My Comments:
This book was a bit hard to start and get into, but I thought that it was such an interesting story line. I had to just sit and focus... once I was about 1/4 of the way into it I could NOT put this book down. I read every minute of the day and night to finish and I cannot wait for the Host 2 (The Seeker - 2012) to arrive. There is even a book three supposedly in the works. An interesting take on alien life forms that settle on different planets and take over the bodies of the beings on that planet. They experience the life of the host beings for ever how long they wish moving from host to host as the hosts age. They have the opportunity to go to other planets to experience different life forms through out their own life. The story between Melanie and Wanderer is intriguing, dynamic, and loving... I really cannot wait to see how Melanie (the host) and Wanderer (Wanda) experience the world together in book 2. The loving bond that develops between them is unique and beautiful.


  1. I really enjoyed this book when I read it too! Are Team Jared or Team Ian?

  2. "The Host" is an intriguing story of a human and an alien living in the same body. The aliens insidiously took over the Earth believing they could handle the humans who fought back. These thin, silvery beings called "Souls" want to think they are harmless, non-violent; but taking over a planet by inhabiting the bodies of its inhabitants without consent seems pretty harmful. The human survivors struggle to regain some footing and continue to live.


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