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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Thought-Provoking Post-Invasion Story, May 6, 2008
This review is from: The Host: A Novel (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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Initial post: May 8, 2008 5:15:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2008 5:15:57 PM PDT
G. Gregoire says:
I'm sorry, but does any one else think that there is a definite resemblance to the Goauld of Stargate and this story?

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2008 12:45:53 PM PDT
Dahlia says:
Who is Goauld of Stargate? What's the story there?

Posted on May 22, 2008 11:20:23 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 12:13:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2008 12:14:15 PM PDT
SciFiChick says:
They are names of characters, hence the capitalization. Sorry you find it difficult to understand.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 7:15:35 PM PDT
Alyssa H. says:
It's very easy to infer who Wanderer and Melanie are in this review. I'm sorry you found it hard to understand, but I honestly can't see why. I thought it was a great review, informative without giving anything away, and easy to read. I'm excited to read the book!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 7:18:27 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2008 8:19:34 AM PDT
Jaaziah says:
Though I have'nt read the novel, there is a definite resemblence to the Stargate nemesis, except maybe these entities don't have a god complex like the Goauld. Even if they don't however, they're still bad guys and shouldn't deserve any sympathy I would think.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2008 8:32:04 AM PDT
Jaaziah says:
Goa'uld: Fictional characters of the SciFi TV series Stargate SG1. They are parasitic serpentine creatures which use human beings as hosts. The human's memories and personality are totally suppressed while under the possession of the Goa'uld parasite. Check out this link if you would like more info: http://www.gateworld.net/omnipedia/races/g/goauld.shtml

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2008 1:29:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2008 1:31:12 AM PDT
Lori Lynn says:
I'm sorry, but does any one else think that there is a definite resemblance to the Goauld of Stargate and this story?
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^^^ omg! yes! I just finished today and i so thought that because of the whole paritsite thing, but less cruel... even though they did take the humans bodies just like the Goauld! Kinda like the Tok'ra[sp?] but worse cause at least the Tok'ra let the host speak for itslef!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2008 1:43:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2008 1:44:16 PM PDT
Try going back and reading "Puppet Masters" by Heinlein. It's a pretty common Science Fiction theme. I'm not saying she doesn't do a good job with it, she does. But, she didn't copy anybody's ideas.
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