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The Host

Format:  Hardcover,

619 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: May 2008

ISBN-13: 9780316068048

ISBN-10: 0316068047

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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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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: May 2008
ISBN-13: 9780316068048
ISBN-10: 0316068047
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 619
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.5 x 2.25

About the author

Biography of Meyer, Stephenie

Stephenie Meyer was born in Connecticut in 1973. Her family moved to Arizona shortly thereafter. She is one of six children in her family. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Twilight was her first novel and was the beginning of the popular Twilight Series, which includes New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. All the books within the Twilight Saga were made into feature-length films.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-04-01)

Meyer's YA vampire novels (Breaking Dawn will be out in August) have been touted in the Wall Street Journal as successors to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. And with a fan base that has grown exponentially with each new release, they may not be far off. All of which makes the publication of Meyer's first adult novel even more noteworthy. It lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well.

In this page-turner, Meyer explores what happens to relationships when two beings inhabit the same physical body. Earth has been overrun by an alien species called Souls, which invade human bodies and erase personalities. As the novel opens, Melanie Stryder, one of the few human holdouts, has been captured by the aliens and is implanted with a Soul named Wanderer, who is something of a legend among her own kind because of the many hosts and planets she has experienced.

Inhabiting a human mind and body is unlike anything Wanderer has ever known, and soon she finds that Melanie isn't quite willing to give up to this invader. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, Wanderer finds herself driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life. As with her vampire novels, Meyer will make new fans of readers "who don't read books with aliens". Highly recommended for all public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/08.] - Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2013-04-26)

After Earth is invaded by a small, sluglike species that uses human bodies as hosts, a small group of un hosted humans survives in hiding. When rebel Melanie is caught by alien police "seekers" while on a raid, she is implanted with an alien. Wanderer, the "soul" now in Melanie's head, expects her to fade away. Melanie refuses, eventually winning over her captor with memories of her lover. Melanie convinces Wanderer to go in search of her human family hiding somewhere in the Arizona desert. Meyer questions the definition of what it means to be human as well as what it means to love. The narrative is told entirely from Wanderer's viewpoint, which offers a unique perspective.

Verdict: Kate Reading's excellent narration aside, the plot drags for far too long with little action and less romance. Recommended to fans of Allie Condie's Matched and Meyer's "Twilight" series.

- Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L.

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2011 (United States)

Book description

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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 123reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by meh I am a huge fan of the twilight series and though I would like this one too. really only got through the first 2 chapters and it didnt catch my fancy at all. Maybe if you get past that it gets better but I decided it wasnt worth it. 11/25/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Worth the wait As a HUGE (adult) fan of Meyers Twilight saga, I waited eagerly for the release of her new novel "The Host". NOTE: THIS BOOK IS NOT TWILIGHT, anyone who picks it up thinking it will be, is going to be disapointed. However, it is a good book. It starts off a little slow in an effort to give the back story, but dont give up, it picks up and is an interesting read."Souls" (the aliens) take over the human race and live in a utopian society. But, the main character, Wanderer just can't seem to escape the thoughts of her host, Melanie. Melanie doesn't just dissapear like a host should. Instead she lives on in Wanderer's head, sharing her most beautiful memories about lost love and family. Soon the soul finds herself in love with the host's family and sets out to find them. Conflict and turmoil ensue. Confusing love triangles form and interesting sceanarios play out.I did enjoy this book and have recomended it to friends already. It's a great way to pass time while waiting for breaking dawn! The Characters that Stephenie Meyer creates are vivid and each really has a very unique personality. I would really recommend anything Meyer has published, (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipise, and The Host). I know Im hooked. 05/12/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful book I really enjoy anything written by Stephenie Meyer. I agree with some of the reviews I read before buying this book: It is a little hard to get into at first, but well worth the wait. I feel that the first 2-3 chapters are hard to read, but give a great explanation of where Wanderer comes from and how she came to be where she is.... Overall a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 10/26/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Better than Twilight I liked the Host more than Twilight. Dont get me wrong I love the Twilight Saga, but I felt like the Host was more my age. Sometimes I felt like Twilight was too High School for me and the Host is more adult. Its a good story. They both are wonderful and I recommend BOTH!! 08/16/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by AWESOME... This is a great book. I couldn't put it down. My kids got me interested in the Twilight series. (I wanted to see what they were reading) Then I saw this book. Its wild. LOL (I mean that in a good way). I could not put the book down Wanda cracks me up. 12/19/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent!!! This product is absolutely amazing. It captures your attention, and holds you on the edge of your seat until the very end! A must see for anyone who enjoys romance, science fiction, and lots of suspense! 08/29/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Unexpected and Awesome! I was so happy with this book! I love Stephenie's writting and I enjoyed the Twilight Saga so I figured I would like this. I was surprised by how much more it was geared towards adults. The plot is more mature and the love story is full of complicated feelings and emotions of a person torn by what's right and what feels good. I loved it so much. Definitely worth the money! 01/11/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A great read Another must-read from Stephenie Meyer. This book is everything a first in a series should be. It stands alone as a great story with sufficient resolution, yet leaves just enough unresolved to invite the reader back for the next round. I'm greatly anticipating the rest of the story.Stephenie Meyer is a wonderful storyteller. This book has a perfect blend of drama and action that I find captivating. The character development is superb. The story is inherently personal- not a story of big alien warships bombing the earth, but of individuals being inhabited one by one, which leads well into a personal story of individuals coming to terms with their new post-invasion world and their own humanity.The first bit of the book is a little slow as she introduces the reader to the new world. Not boring slow, just not quite can't-put-it-down. 05/30/2008
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