The Host (Paperback)
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DescriptionMelanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes 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.
- Published: 02 July 2009
- Format: Paperback 656 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780751540642 ISBN 10: 0751540641
- Sales rank: 908
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Reviews for The Host
Just read this book and really loved it.
I really loved this book, something about Wanda and Melanies relationship was strangley relatable, and I couldn't help but be intriuged. The whole story is a modern Body Snatcher scenerio, but the twist with this is, the symphony for the "souls" you can't help but develop, afterall the story is told from the prespective of Wanderer/Wanda. The story gets pretty intense in the middle, and I liked it! This is a great book! Should read this if you haven't. by MisteryCat
Science fiction/dystopia even I really liked!
In this world, the humans has diminished. Hosts has taken their place, their lifes. But there are still some, who fight against the Seekers. Those who hunt down the ones left to resist. Melanie´s Host is new to this life, hosting a human body. The host, Wanderer, is surprised by Melanie, still inside her mind. Their mind..
Or actually, 4,5 stars! Before I started to read this I had heard that I might not get into it right in the beginning but to bare it for it would be great when you get in to it. But I didn´t have to wait for it. I felt like I was immediately familiar with the world of the book and it was easy reading the story. So all you people who have this book stacked away in a pile in your bookshelf or hidden beneath your bed for no other space for books.. go and find it and start reading it, now! Yes it is a big book and it might feel hard to start with. But I can tell that it took maybe a month for me to read this book, but I often had 5 days that I did not touch the book for having to read something else. Every time I started to read this again, it was easy. So easy. I did not struggle with thinking where the story had left me last time I put the book down. So start reading! Also if Science Fiction is not normally up your alley, just be brave and have a go. And also if you hate Twilight books, be even braver and try this one, you might be pleasantly surprised. I have read the twilight books and I can tell you this did not remind me of them.
This book did something stories once in a while does for me. I fell in love with the bad guy. The side that I think I should not have rooted for. But in this case, things are a little more complicated than that..I did not add genre romance, but there is romance in the story as well. And just as I got surprised with the story, I was surprised with the characters. Some strange things happens with the characters in this story. But I felt it was all very believable, but I don´t want to spoil anything. The book has a slow and calm pace to it, once you get used to it, it´s great. Sure, there were some little things I felt weren´t necessary for the story or characters, but I thought that only a few times.
This book was exciting, emotional and filled with feeling of contradiction. The want you don´t want. by Johanna Pulkkinen
Still loving this one.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. I also own a paperback copy of this book.)
Wanderer is a soul - an alien life-form that requires a host to live - like a parasite. Wanderer has lived many different lives on many different planets, she's been a bear, a flower, a 'see-weed', and now she has come to earth.
Wanderer has been implanted in an adult human host - Melanie, only what Wanderer doesn't though is that Melanie is unlike any of her previous hosts - Melanie won't just stop existing, she will continue to fight to get her body back, and Wanderer must find a way to co-exist or get rid of Melanie, who is making her life difficult.
The Host is the story of Wanderer (or Wanda), and Melanie, and their fight - to save the human race, to become truly human, and to fins true love.
I love this book. This is the second time I've read it and I love it just as much now as I did the first time I read it. It really makes you think, and it's one of those books that you just can't get out of your head. You'll finish it, start reading something else, and your mind will keep drifting back to this instead.
I loved Wanda. She really is such a gentle, peaceful, loving creature, and is so self-sacrificing if she thinks it will help someone else in some way. I love the way that she fights for Melanie, even though she initially doesn't want her in her head, and I love the way that she fights for Melanie's family when she realises that being in Melanie's body means that she shares Melanie's feelings.
The other characters are also quite diverse and quite different, and ultimately very human. I did find Melanie a little childish at times, but I think I'd be pretty childish too if someone else took over my body!
I loved Wanda's stories of the different planets that she'd lived on, and the different beings that she had lived as. They were all so varied, and there was such a wealth of different ideas and experiences.
I really enjoyed the storyline in this book, although in places it does seem as if it takes a long time to get anywhere, although this does make sense really as obviously it takes time for trust to build; especially between warring species.
I have to say that I am not that big a fan of twilight (sorry), but this I love, so don't be put off if you don't like twilight.
Overall; I loved this book and I will definitely read this one time and time again.
9 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth
The title says it all. Theres so much you learn. It's like learning something you love for the first time, you reap so many rewards and the satisfaction that comes from finishing it, is indescribable. Yes, it will take you a little bit to get into it, but hang in there!! Trust me, it gets A LOT better! by Jessica Maxwell-Watt
- Top review
A simple idea turned into an addicting story
I read this book a couple of years ago, thinking that it was pretty mediocre, but I thought I should give it another shot...
I am so happy that I did, because I loved it second time round. During the first reading, I think I was too occupied and focused on the stories of the different planets and souls, trying to make sense of it, rather than be engrossed in the battle between Melanie and Wanda's survival.
So then after re-reading it I understood the stories of the other universes as well as being completely addicted to the love triangle between Jared, Ian and Wanda.
So I shall move my rating from 3 to 4 stars :) by Christina
I read some of the reviews above before I read this book, and some made me have doubts. But I gotta say I found it so easy to get through this book. The first 100 pages were just as interesting as the rest of the book. I read it in 3 days and could not put it down. I hope there is a follow on because I would love to see what happens next. Brilliant book. Recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy or sci fi. Amazing! by Lauren
Yes the 100 pages is really hard on the reader as it introduces the story, people involved and the science behind it all....and I nearly gave up! However once you get over the 100 pages it is simply awesome! You forget the hardship of those 100 pages. The second time you read it, you won't even notice the 100 pages again because the story is fast paced, full of emotions we can all relate to....and you can't help but love all the characters. I am hoping that Steph M will write a book 2 of this series because the end of this book was left open ended. I think Steph M is very talented, can't wait to read more of her creations. READ THIS you won't be disappointed. by Roksana Maharaj
Love this amazing book
I really enjoyed this book... It made me feel alive with all the emotions that came out with every word I read it's simple amazing that such a book has such a powerfull effect on the reader... I just read the reviews and I was filled with hope when I saw the review of one of the reader here below that said that there will be an other book coming out... I was sure that the story would not end there after so many advantures and emotinal events with Ian and Wanda... Pls if anyone could help me and tell me the name of the next book I would be greatfull a lot... thx and read every book by Stephenie Meyer she's simple a geniuse love her and thanks for giving us such great emotions... by T.Vella by Tiziana Vella
Kept me on the Edge!
Overall I enjoyed reading this book it made me sad, smile and excited.It has everything you want from a book. I'm not really a sci-fi fanatic but I appreciate how the author explained and described it. This is way different from her Twilight Saga books. Although there's no team Edward or team Jacob in this book. In her we have another love triangle between Ian, Melanie and Jared but with a twist in the end. by R.D-Diaz
I loved this book
After reading the first four pages of this book I was quite doubtful if I wanted to continued. I did persevere and found it to be irresistible and entertaining.....I finished this book within two days. I can't wait for the next installment of 'The Host' saga to appear in the bookstores. by Nyjole Walters