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The Host: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stephenie Meyer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,553 customer reviews)

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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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  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 651 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IGDD7A
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806 of 875 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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356 of 404 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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242 of 276 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
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great story idea... June 2, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed the Twilight series, and so got The Host as soon as it was available through the library.
I was looking forward to seeing what Meyers would do in her first "novel for adults"--and as I read then wondered what adults she was talking about?
I suspect this is a smart move on her publicist's part to widen her audience, b/c the writing style is the same and the story line is not more mature.
Stephenie Meyers has great ideas--that's what kept me hanging in during her other YA series and this novel...because her writing is...okay.

Like the other three, The Host dialogues between Mel and the two men (yes, there are again two males fighting over one woman--it's time for another conflict) who love her/Wanda are drawn out and read like a scene in the middle school cafeteria. How many times can a character recycle the same emotions?
And as I read I wonder if Meyers is keeping it strictly PG b/c of her religious beliefs?
I don't necessarily need a sex scene in a novel, but there are times when the romance between the characters plays out like they are thirteen.
I liked the story, but it is not Meyers' first adult novel. It is another YA novel touted as a book for grown ups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 3 hours ago by Adam Hering
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie pulls me in, again! And I am hooked!
I finished reading reading The Host and was pleasantly surprised. Story could have a second book if Meyer wanted. Read more
Published 2 days ago by SherrySmiles
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Great read. Hard to put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book, even for those not so strong in English
Published 3 days ago by Petr Gottinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's really good
Published 3 days ago by AnnaBrook Phillipsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Intriguing characters, original concept
Published 3 days ago by glenda featherston
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephenie Meyer did a very good job of making this book a very unique...
The book, "The Host", was different from any of the stories that I have ever read. When I read books, I usually stay within my comfort zone. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kathryn E Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars characters are easy to follow and fall in love with
the novel is much more in depth with the characters than in the film, i read the book first and was impressed that they only had to make one movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by angela mace
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Amazing!!!!!! I love this book so much!!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Published 6 days ago by Acacia Prather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better than the movie. Read and finished it in one sitting
Published 8 days ago by Sandra
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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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