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Hardcover, Little Brown and Company, 2008, ISBN# 9780316068048

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A member of a species that takes over the minds of human bodies, Wanderer is unable to disregard his host's love for a man in hiding, a situation that forces both possessor and host to become unwilling allies.

About this item

A member of a species that takes over the minds of human bodies, Wanderer is unable to disregard his host's love for a man in hiding, a situation that forces both possessor and host to become unwilling allies.

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
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As good as Twilight Saga!
9/27/2008

Customer review by ladythatcher

5.0 stars 9/27/2008 by ladythatcher
by ladythatcher

I recently became obsessed with the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, so I was wondering if The Host would be just as good. I wasn't sure, but I ordered it anyway. Once you figure out who is talking when in the first couple of chapters (I was sick when I was doing it so it made it a little difficult to follow) the book flows seemlessly. I quickly became engulfed with the desire to keep reading and I did not want to put it down. I don't know what it is about her writing, but she has the capability to draw you in and keep you wanting more. I do not know if she plans to do any sequels to this one, but she wraps it up nice and neat at the end. You will be satisfied with the conclusion and not worried if you are waiting for the next one.

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ladythatcher
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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
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Great Story!! Loved it!!
3/2/2009

Customer review by momzilla

5.0 stars 3/2/2009 by momzilla
by momzilla

Stephenie Meyer has written yet another exceptional novel that captures your attention from the first page to the very last. I read the previous reviews prior to purchasing this book and I don't understand why others felt the first half was confusing. If you love romance mixed with suspense this novel will keep you up late at night and leave you wanting more when your finished.

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momzilla
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
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OMG!
6/19/2009

Customer review by KoolAid1010

5.0 stars 6/19/2009 by KoolAid1010
by KoolAid1010

I read all of the Twilight Saga in 6 days, so when I heard that Stephanie Meyer had another book published, I practially went 500 m.p.h. to get to Wal*Mart. I expected the book to be near good, but when i got into the book, I couldn't get out. Honestly, this book kept me up all night reading it. I know this might be really hard to believe, but in ways it is so much better than the Twilight Saga. I just can't believe how amazing this book is.

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KoolAid1010
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Female
Stephenie Meyer does not disapoint!!
11/18/2008

Customer review by SKALLESSI

5.0 stars 11/18/2008 by SKALLESSI
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I will admit that I love Stephenie Meyer from her Twilight series so I had some pretty high expectations when I ordered this book and I was not disappointed! The book starts slow, the first 50 pages or so are kind of confusing but it's trying to set you up in this whole new science fiction world that you're not familiar with so that's understandable. After that, I flew through every page because I just couldn't put it down! I would recommend this book to anyone who like romance because although this is a sci-fi it really does focus on relationships. Great book!

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SKALLESSI
Dunkirk, NY
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Not Stephenie's Best
2/24/2009

Customer review by Nursing

3.0 stars 2/24/2009 by Nursing
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Don't expect this to be like Twilight. This book starts off with a complicated plot. I almost stopped reading it, but since I loved the Twilight Saga, I thought I should give it a change. This story takes FOREVER to develop, but once it does (more than halfway through) the story is pretty good. This book took me a lot longer to read since it felt like a drag to get throught the first half. If you stick with it, the story will pay off.

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San Diego, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:1 week or less
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  • A. IT IS AWESOME!!! First off, it is not twilight, nor does it have any vampires or werewolves in it. So with that being said, the book is amazing!!! It is a love story with love triangles all over the place, action, drama, and aliens. Did I mention aliens. Basically, our planet has been taken over by a alien species that insert themselves into our bodies and taking control, therefor making us "the host". It follows a young lady named Melanie who has evaded being caught by the aliens, but is later captured and "infected". Yet she doesn't just disappear like most everyone else. She is still there fighting, in her body against the alien, for control and convinces wanda (her alien parasite) to go looking for her little brother and the love of her life that she is so worried about. It goes through her internal, as well as external struggles with being infected. It is a wonderful book and one of my all time favorites, but just letting you know that it is slow and very confusing until about the 10th chapter, so stick with it and you won't be disappointed!!!
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  • A. i absolutely loved it. it takes getting into... you have to be patient while waiting to figure out what's going on in the beginning. but it's sooo worth the read! be sure you have a box of tissues for a part near the end, though. i was sobbing so hard, i couldn't see to read the next page.
    by AnnieGrannie9/21/2010
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  • A. The book is written in the first person just like the Twilight series. It is more a SCI-FI than fantasy. I don't want to give away the book so I won't be able to tell you alot about it. If you like the way she writes you will love this book. You have to pay attention to the first few chapters (maybe 2 or 3 chapters) to understand what is going on but after that it just flows seamlessly. There is a love story in it but nothing that is inappropriate. When you are done reading you will hope she writes a sequal, I know I did! I hope this helps.
    by chrissymo2/14/2010
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