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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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Author:
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: May 2008
ISBN-13: 9780316068048
ISBN-10: 0316068047
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 619
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.34 x 1.92 x 9.52

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 5 out of 5★ by Up all night reading this one! Literally - I stayed awake until 5am (thank God it was a weekend) and read this through - it's a great tale on many different levels. More mature than the Twilight Series, but just as addictive. Would love to see it made into a series of books! PS - I've read it twice, and the second time was as good as the first! 10/25/2009
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 Worth the money and time!!! This book was awesome. I could not put it down. I enjoy how Stephanie Meyers writes in the first person. The best part of this book is it is nothing like the Twilight series (I loved those books as well). She allowed her imagination to flow freely and has made a great read! It is also great for all ages! 02/13/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by The Host This novel starts out slow and then you can't put it down. It has a twist at the end leaving you hoping for another to novel to follow just like Twilight. Give it a chance and you will enjoy this novel. 05/27/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book I really enjoyed this book and gave a copy as a gift. Great price too! 01/06/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by The Host Was a little slow getting started but I could not put the book down! Excellent book!! 03/09/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by omg this book was good this book is great and i would read this over 07/27/2009
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