The Host

The Host

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 829 pages
  • 109 x 192 x 36mm | 440g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0316043044
  • 9780316043045
  • 11,454

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"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."-Lev Grossman, Time
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"Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions. . . . Meyer's affirmative life lesson is disarming."--Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly "Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."--Lev Grossman, Time "A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer."--Sherri Hallgren, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "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, - "An epic story of love, family, and loyalty. . . . The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives."--Carol Memmott, USA Today "A fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night, and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word. Stephenie Meyer captures characters and handles story line like a master--a hybrid combination of Stephen King and Isaac Asimov."
--Ridley Pearson, - "The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well."--Jane Jorgenson, Library Journal
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About Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the The Chemist, the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
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Rating details

847,848 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 37% (313,930)
4 29% (248,061)
3 20% (169,918)
2 8% (68,318)
1 6% (47,621)

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Stephanie Meyer is not the best writer I have ever come across but that does not mean that she is bad. Her book The Host was absolutely amazing not the way in which it was written but the peculiar idea/s that the book possessed. This book had a uniques and creative storyline that was just fantastic and made the book impossible to put down. Like her other book twilight it had make believe things occur and a tiny bit of a romance but apart from that it was nothing like Twilight but a million times better. Definitely a good book to read!show more
by Spencer
This is not 'Twilight'. Depending on whether or not you are a fan of those series, this may either be the best or worst news. But don't ignore it based on Meyer's previous works; this books stands tall on its own. 'The Host' is a science fiction novel, that takes place in a future where Earth has been overtaken by a race of aliens known as 'Souls' who aim to bring peace to the planet in place of mankind's war, cruelty and hate. These 'souls' are like sci-fi parasites who take over human bodies until the human identity is completely erased; or so they hope. The take over is going well until the soul known as 'Wanderer' is placed inside Melanie, a human who has been outrunning the alien invaders for years. Unfortunately for Wanderer, Melanie refuses to hand over total control and so a mental tug-of-war ensues. The idea of 'body snatcher' aliens isn't new, but Meyer's perspective is. She explores the ideas of identity, humanity and freedom and what those things really mean; are they so black and white as you think? 'The Host' is long and does drag, but if you stick with it, you will really appreciate Meyer's sophisticated entry into sci-fi. It isn't necessarily violent or gritty or technical, but it is interesting and engaging. Overall, Meyer's 'The Host' is a good read and a nice change from the normal feast of vampires, werewolves and teenage angst.show more
by H.
It is a novel, so the book has a very nice small format. It is very pleasant to read (despite the small letters). The book reads pleasant and I'm just as addicted to this book as her Twilight booksshow more
by Carlina Hutjes
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