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The Host: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stephenie Meyer
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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 human.


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Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series. --Mari Malcolm

From Publishers Weekly

In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 651 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0606147268
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IGDD7A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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802 of 871 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
It's been years since parasitic aliens calling themselves "Souls" have invaded Earth and taken over. Once a "Soul" is placed in a human host, the alien takes over and suppresses the human's mind. But when Wanderer awakes in her new body, she finds that her human host isn't so easily overcome. Melanie, her younger brother, and the man that she loves have been in hiding; and she'll do anything to get back to them, even resist the alien parasite that has taken over her body.

The parasitic "Souls" are easy to dislike at first. But Meyer has given the alien race such a rich and colorful backstory that is truly fascinating. And Wanderer is a unique "Soul" who soon finds herself caring for the same people as her host, and finding herself torn between ties to her own people and the humans.

It's been a long time since I've read such a stirring, science fiction tale that has made me go through so many emotions. The Host is a deep and beautiful story, and very different from Meyer's popular, young adult series. This is a rare story that made me stop and think about the choices that are made and what I would do in their place. Intense, exciting, dramatic, and inspiring, I'd highly recommend this novel to any reader, not only science fiction fans.
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355 of 403 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Story! May 6, 2008
By Jake
Format:Hardcover
In the future Earth has been taken over by a unique alien species. The infiltration was slow and undetected until it was too late. Now these aliens, known as Souls, live inside human bodies, which act as hosts for the invading parasites. Usually when a Soul is placed in a new host it is able to take full control of the body, pushing aside any remnant of the human consciousness that once lived inside.

After a Soul named Wanderer is inserted into her new host she soon realizes something isn't right. It seems the human who once inhabited this body refuses to give in and die. Melanie Stryder wants no part of Wanderer and is doing everything she can to fight back. Even though Wanderer controls the body, nothing she does is able to quench Melanie's spirit. She is always there, in her head, so to speak.

As time goes by Melanie's memories become Wanderer's and soon she finds herself longing for the people that meant so much to her host. Melanie left behind her brother and the man she loves, and now Wanderer has developed those same feelings. Soon Wanderer and Melanie begin working together to track down Melanie's loved ones, all the while being careful that they don't lead the other Souls to the humans who are in hiding. When they finally do find them, they must figure out a way to live peacefully with a group of humans who have grown to hate Souls. Emotions flare and relationships are tested in agonizing ways as two lives must share one body and as enemies must learn to co-exist and survive.

Stephenie Meyer has taken the publishing world by storm with her groundbreaking young adult Twilight series. The Host is her first stand alone adult novel and millions of readers are anxiously waiting to see how it stacks up.
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240 of 272 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi May 19, 2008
By Dahlia
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just like Twilight is a vampire story for people who don't like vampire stories, The Host is a sci-fi novel for people who don't like sci-fi. Ultimately, this is a very human story about love, friendship, loyalty and family. It's moving and unique.

Truthfully, I wasn't expecting to like it much. I read the excerpt available on Stephenie's website a few months ago and wasn't overly impressed, but because it's SM and I'm a big fan of the Twilight series I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did! I found the storyline compelling and fascinating from the outset - unlike other readers, I did not find the beginning slow at all (or any part). I thought the entire novel flowed very smoothly. I enjoy quieter moments in stories because those are often when you really get to know the characters and it makes the action sequences more meaningful. Once again, SM has created characters we can relate to and care about.

I've read some of the negative reviews and all I can say is that everyone has different taste. I didn't find this story lacking in any way - it's very different from Twilight but in my opinion just as good. In fact, thematically, I think it's better. We have a much stronger herione this time and get to explore a friendship between two women (Melanie/Wanderer). And while Wanderer is peaceful and self-sacrificing, no one could argue that she isn't a very strong herione who chooses to do things because they are right and ethical. For those who thought Bella was such a rotten roll model, Wanderer should make them happy. Even though this is considered an adult book, it's perfectly suitable for teens.

I'd say this is Stephenie in her best form. The entire novel from start to finish is well written, though provoking and weaves complex emotions into a fascinating storyline. She has proven herself to be an excellent storyteller (much like Wanderer). Bravo, SM!
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187 of 232 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who wants a whimper when you need a bang? May 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover
No Stephanie Meyers books seems complete without a few things; A beautiful heroine, a moderately (to very) controlling male lead, and a martyr. On those counts 'The Host' doesn't disappoint. Set in a world invaded by aliens, our heroine 'Wanderer' finds herself in an odd predicament, the original owner of her body just wont leave! So here comes 400 pages of inner monologue. Seriously the book was MUCH longer than it needed to be. Kind of like the roaming in the woods part of HP 7. I don't know about you but 600+ pages of a book with very little action got to me. Also, much like the 'twilight' series the climax happened not with a bang, but a whimper.

It's not a bad book. It does have it's touching moments. Obviously it was good enough for me to get through the whole thing. The last book I read that was that long was Deathly Hollows. It just seemed to take a very long time to get to the exciting parts. I found myself skimming whole sections where 'Wanda' (I found it very hard to take her seriously with that name) fought with the inner trappings of being human. The sad part was that even the exciting parts weren't all that exciting. There never seemed to be any big threat. No real antagonist. Everything just seemed far to easy. Maybe she's setting it up for sequels, maybe not, I don't know. It left me feeling very unsatisfied in the end. Like eating a salad when you really want a big mac.

In the end, Stephanie Meyers has become literary crack to me. I know it's bad, and I KNOW I should just walk away,but I keep coming back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Host Summery
The Host was by far one of my favorite books of all time. It was very hard to get into but once you do I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Breann Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!
The book may have started out slow but by the end I couldn't put it down! I would say 100x greater then the movie!!
Published 1 day ago by Casey Hutton
1.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly boring...
Stunningly boring; Ms. Meyer has the odd characteristic - for a writer- of being able to construct lovely sentences, some great scenes, but cannot, for the life of her, put... Read more
Published 2 days ago by B. Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars such a delicate treatment of human beings
This is by far the best treatment of physical bodies and souls I've ever encountered. It explores the best and worst making the fictional side very believable. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC novel!!
I absolutely LOVE this book! If you like sci-fi, action, and romance, then this is the book for you! I highly recommend it! the movies pretty good too!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I was expecting.
Okay so I was expecting an exact repeat of Twilight so I didn't give it a shot right away. I waited until after the movie came out. Read more
Published 3 days ago by B. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I am already a fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books and movies. I actually saw the movie before reading the book, not usual for me. But I always get more from the book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Alana S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
I actually thought the movie was better which is a surprise for me since I usually think that the book is better than the movie.
Published 5 days ago by Nicholas Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Book was excellent! I loved every single word of it. Movie was terrible. It was cheaply made and lacked quality acting. It didn't even follow the book's minor details.
Published 6 days ago by Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This story starts out a bit slow but does picks up. I started out wondering if I even wanted to read this book to not being able to put it down. Enjoy!
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Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head. "Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write--something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering." Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.
Twilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list.Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an Amazon.com "Best Book of the Decade&So Far", and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The movie version of Twilight will be released by Summit Entertainment nationwide on November 21, 2008, starring Kristen Stewart ("Into The Wild") and Robert Pattinson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").
The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. Eclipse, the third book in Meyer's Twilight saga, was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on-sale. The book debuted at #1 bestseller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with a first printing of 3.2 million copies - the largest first printing in the publisher's history. Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies its first day on-sale rocketing the title to #1 on bestseller lists nationwide.
Meyer's highly-anticipated debut for novel adults, The Host, was released by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

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Books like this but for mature reader
You can try the Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles: Volume 1) or Claimed (Brides of the Kindred). Neither is identical match but both are great sci fi romances for more mature audiences. Read more
Mar 30, 2013 by Julia1980 |  See all 4 posts
The Host 's Sequels
MTV: Do you plan on writing "Host" sequels?

Meyer: I hope. If I were to continue on with "The Host," which is a possibility, there are characters and stories that could continue. ... If I went ahead with that, it would be two more. ... Next would be "The Soul," and...
Aug 15, 2008 by J. Simon |  See all 87 posts
After the twilight series, what fiction book would you recommend I read?
What do you think of historical fiction? Have you tried any of the Phillipa Gregory books (e.g. The Other Boleyn Girl, et al?). It's not fantasy but it is fascinating!
Feb 1, 2009 by PenNameJane |  See all 87 posts
Which is better: The Host or Twilight?
The Host by far. I didn't care for Twilight and had no interest in reading any further in the series. I suppose it had a lot to do with the fact that I don't really care for romance novels. I like a story to have more of a plot than "girl meets boy," "girl gets boy,"... Read more
Sep 7, 2008 by T. A. Adams |  See all 39 posts
The Host: OK For Teens?
I wouldn't have any problem letting a 13 year old read it. My daughter is 12 and I would have no problem letting her read this one. Any scenes of intimacy (and to be honest, I don't remember any) are no more racy than Twilight, and it gets a little violent at times, but not graphically so. If... Read more
Apr 1, 2009 by Tamara T. Pitts |  See all 5 posts
Can't wait to read it!!! Be the first to reply
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