9780316068055

The Host: A Novel

Meyer, Stephenie

ISBN 10: 0316068055 / 0-316-06805-5
ISBN 13: 9780316068055
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:
Now in the trade paperback edition:
New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

Review:
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-yet-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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Review:
The bestselling author of the Twilight series eschews vampires for aliens in this poignant sci-fi romance. The alien "souls" have conquered Earth by inserting themselves into human brains. Kate Reading voices Wanderer, an alien who has never encountered resistance from previous hosts on other planets. She's shocked, therefore, to discover that the former inhabitant of her new body, Melanie, is still there and refuses to leave. Reading beautifully expresses the confusion of a creature who is accustomed to a certain compassionate detachment and who becomes quickly overwhelmed by the strong passions of her human encounter. These emotions drive Wanderer to seek out the loved ones whom Melanie left behind. While the story is a bit melodramatic and slightly too long, it delivers both emotional satisfaction and a somewhat morally ambiguous ending. A.B.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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