The Host

The Host

Book rating: 04 Paperback Sphere

By (author) Stephenie Meyer

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 46mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0751540641
  • ISBN 13: 9780751540642
  • Sales rank: 1,137

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Melanie 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.

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Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature and now lives with her husband and three sons in Glendale, Arizona. Her debut novel Twlight and the sequels New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are international bestsellers. Her official website can be found at www.stepheniemeyer.com

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By MisteryCat 25 Mar 2013 5

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 Johanna Pulkkinen 23 Sep 2012 4

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 Sarah Elizabeth 28 Aug 2012 5

(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 Jessica Maxwell-Watt 07 Nov 2011 5

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 Christina 16 Jul 2011 4

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 :)

Review quote

Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon-out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope.' Orson Scott Card, author of The Ender Saga 'A fascinating, passionate, and unique psychological thriller. In The Host, Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase 'being of two minds!" Katherine Neville, author of The Eight