The Host

The Host : A Novel

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Now in the trade paperback edition: New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book.Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be more

Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 45.72mm | 619.99g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316068055
  • 9780316068055
  • 116,492

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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." -- Time 20080101 "An epic story of love, family, and loyalty... The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives." -- USA Today 20080101 "Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions... Her affirmative life lesson is disarming." -- Entertainment Weekly 20080101 "The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well." -- Library Journal 20080101 "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." 20080101 "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." 20080101 "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." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 20080101show more

About Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature. She is the author of the bestselling Twilight Saga. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three young sons. This is her first novel for adults.Visit and www.stepheniemeyer.comshow more

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764,721 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 37% (284,276)
4 29% (223,346)
3 20% (152,146)
2 8% (61,378)
1 6% (43,575)

Our customer reviews

I loved this book, I think the love triangle with four people were an interesting experience that I hope will continue with another book, which actually is expected published in 2012. Stephenie Meyer just keeps surprising me with her wonderful love stories which I don't forget at all. I loved all characters in this book though Wanderer annoyed me a bit sometimes, but I respect the character. This book is one of the most heaviest reads I've ever read. It was a little hard to get into, but not uninteresting at all. What stopped me from giving this book a full score was that I felt like it didn't keep my interest fully. I love that she describes feelings and go real in depth, but I think it's too much sometimes. Else from that I adored the story and I felt after reading the end of it I have a huge feeling of a sequel which is expected. I liked the end, but it wasn't much of a cliff hanger or excitement that I'd hoped for. I liked it. All in all, this is definitely a book you should read. It's really interesting to read about the world and the invasion. I've felled in love with Wanderer, Melanie, Jamie, Jared & Ian. I also love the end character which has something with Kyle todo. I can't spoil more
by Sindre Ellingsen
I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!! If you haven't read it but want to even though you might be a bit etchy with picking it up because you though twilight wasn't your cup of tea, well then you will like this book because it is totally different to twilight! Once you start reading it, you can't put it down! I found it hard to do other stuff like chores while I was reading it because I just didn't want to put it down! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! and LOVE IT!show more
by Claudia
The book THE HOST is a lot like Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT saga in the fact that the whole point of the story is that love is the most important thing. What's different though is (obviously) the storyline. Yes, that is right - this story has nothing to do with vampires; instead, aliens have taken over our planet. The time is somewhere in the future and our world is not as we know it. Instead of mass murders making headline news, there are articles on the best type of flowers to plant. The most disturbing article is that the bridge near Maple Avenue is due for a repainting. The world is full of peace and love. No one argues, no one fights, and there is not even a hint of violence in this bizarre world. Obviously, these are not humans we are talking about. The aliens that came to Earth would capture a human to use its body as a host. (Hence the title.) They stretch their tentacles around the nerves and "control panels" located in our heads; thus gaining complete control of the body. Unfortunately for the human, this process eliminates them. The aliens were able to gain control of almost every person this way. By continuing their host's former habits they were able to go virtually unnoticed. Luckily for humankind, there are always a few observant people that actually see things the way that they truly are Our story is focused on Melanie and Wanda. Melanie is (or was) one of those few humans that was able to escape. Unfortunately, she was caught and because she might have information on other fugitives stuffed in her head, Wanda is put inside her. When a soul is put in a human, it has access to every memory their host might have had. Well, at least that is what is supposed to happen. Instead, Wanda reaches some "walls" within her mind. She later finds out that Melanie is still in there and kicking. She is even able to communicate with Wanda, using her (or their) thoughts. This starts a whole new thread of events. The most important being Melanie convinces Wanda to go and look for Jared, her true love, and Jamie, her little brother. They are both labeled as "wild humans." After getting lost in the desert and nearly dying, Wanda is found by the humans and is taken to their hideout, a large cave, as a captive. She is surprised to see so many other humans still without a soul within them and even more surprised to see Jamie and Jared have made it here. Unfortunately many, including Jared, hate Wanda for what she is and what her kind has done to their world. At first I thought the story itself was rather lame. I mean aliens...? Come on, can't she do anything better than that? Not to mention it had an extremely slow beginning. Once they reached the caves, though, things really heated up and Ms. Meyer's amazing writing skills started to really shine through. Personally, I think that if anybody else tried writing a book with this specific topic it would go down in flames, but Stephenie Meyer was able to finish it with grace and in a way that made me want her to write a more
by TeensReadToo
This is an amazing book, it has almost 700 pages and I finished in 1 week, I just could not stop reading it......I truly more
by Juliana Godoy
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