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The Host: A Novel

by Stephenie Meyer

Little, Brown And Company | May 6, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Host: A Novel is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 182.
The author of theTwilightseries of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1152 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 2.5 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316034118

ISBN - 13: 9780316034111

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Fluffy Read If I had to recategorize the genre of this novel it would be "Fluffy/light sci-fi, thriller, romance". This could definately be a teen novel, along the lines of her Twilight series. I didn't love this novel, but I didn't loathe it. I thought the basic idea, although done in sci-fi before, was very cool. I thoroughly enjoyed the sci-fi themes, especially when Wanderer (the alien 'soul' who takes over Melanie, the human's body) talks about the other planets she has lived on. The Fire World, Plant World, Seaweed World, etc. All very cool concepts that I wish had been explored farther. I will agree with the description on the back of the book that this novel features "one of the most unusual love triangles in literature". A lot of repetition in this novel, a lot of fluffy romance and a predictable ending are what made me give a lower rating. I think if this book had been classified as "Teen", I would have rated it higher, as this is what I expect for a young adult novel, but, when I see a book in the genre of adult sci-fi, I expect a little more substance.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed All I can say is Wow. I was hooked from page 2. The story was just incredible! And trust me, I did not expect this. I havn't read the twilight series, and science fiction really isn't my thing. I literally picked up this book because it was super cheap and came with bonus plum points. But man oh man. Unreal. I LOVED the story and don't even get me started on the characters. I grew so attached to both Wanda and Melanie! I loved their relationship with one another. And a GREAT conclusion! Nothing rattles me more when stories are just left open and have no sense of conclusion. But, this on was fantastic. It's been quite some time since I really picked up a book I did not want to put down, and this one was just about glued to my hand. Very very impressed. It was just one of those stories you could get lose in.
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Twilight? I love this book. It's a slow start, mostly because you do not understand anything that is happening. But trust me, get through the slow parts and it really picks up as you are given more information. It is hard to put the book down once it gets good, like Twilight good.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good. Honestly, this is one of the worst books I've ever read. Finishing it was a chore. I felt that nothing really made sense, it seemed like nothing ever really happened, and the storyline was not believable. Some parts sounded like a joke to me. It was just bad. And I'm not usually one to write reviews, but I am just in awe of how many people think this book is great. Must be a love it or hate it kind of thing. Guess I'm a hater. I only bought it for the 1000 extra plum points anyway, so I guess it was worth that.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Thrilling And Better Then Twilight First off, If you didn't like twilight there is still a chance that you will love this! This was totally different from Twilight and so much better. The characters were stunning and each done perfectly. They were totally amazing and were thought through really well. They just blew my mind! The plot was amazing. I mean I stayed up till 2am trying to finish this book. The settings were perfect for the plot and made sense. Stephenie Meyer really did well on the timing that everything fell into place in the book. The plot wasn't too fast and it wasn't too slow. It was perfect and the ending didn't seem like it was just thrown in there to end the book. It seemed that she Really took her time to come up with a good ending. I really loved this book. :D
Date published: 2012-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing storyline Personally I thing the writing and the imaginative storyline is her best work even though it's not as well known as her twilight series. The intrigue and suspense are riveting, and it's so easy to become attached to a majority of the characters, especielly Wanderer, (aka Wanda) Jamie, Mel and Jarod. It's a great idea about humans overcoming the worst odds, and their ability to adapt even in the face of being wiped out by an invasive alien race.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book The Host is a Science Fiction/ Romance Novel, based off of compassion and self sacrifice.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to get into but DON'T GIVE UP! So I found this book very difficult to get into and after reading almost 100 pages I just put it down. I am the type of person who can't not finish a book, so about a year later I decided I NEEDED to finish it. I picked it up where I had left off and was engrossed in it immediately. I am not sure if the book is actually hard to get into or if I was just not in the right mood when I started it, but this book turned out to be one of my favourite books! You absolutely fall in love with the characters and the plot. The story is so unique and well written that I could not put it down. Needless to say I am very glad I chose to finish this book.
Date published: 2011-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner! I had a very hard time putting this one down. It's been a long time since a novel caught my attention like this one. Bravo Stephenie Meyer, you've done it again!
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected When I picked up my copy of The Host, I didn't have high expectations. I assumed Meyer was a one trick pony, and this would be a formulaic re-write of Twilight - Boy was I wrong! As it turns out, this is the most original sci-fi/love story ever imagined, and has taken it's rightful place as one of my favorite stories ever. Meyer may never win any literary awards for her writing, but few authors can evoke emotion and make you fall hopelessly in love with their characters like she can. I will revisit this story for years to come.
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never finished I couldn't stand this book. After loving the Twilight series and getting through those books in a day or two (by not sleeping!) I just couldn't get into this book. Some parts are just plain boring and it didn't make alot of sense. I've tried three times to pick it up and finish it and just can't, it feels like punishment!! I don't think I'll ever finish it.
Date published: 2011-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised! To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to read The Host at first, even though I am a HUGE fan of Twilight, simply because the plot was about aliens. I didn't know how I felt about that. :$ But sooo many of my friends raved about it that I just HAD to read it! And thank God I did because it is AMAZING. I couldn't put it down once I started! I love the world Stephenie Meyer created through this book; it was definitely worth the buy!
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! I would first of all like to say, I am proud to be a part of chapters, and their quick deliveries I admire, going back to this book, I would agree that this author's reputation in my school went down due to twilight, but that didn't stop me from giving this book a chance and i'm glad I did. It was simple amazing and was the first book ever to make me sad. I actually cried!! because of this book and that surprised me, it was new for me to cry but it just showed how real and good this was. It made me doubtful and I actually was against my own species at a point, shifting back and forth between Wanderer and Melanie. This book is great forget what people may think about twilight, go right ahead and dive into this, let the tears fall, 'cos I wasn't ashamed of crying. SUMMARY: NICE!!
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hope there's a 2 one this book so slow at the beginning but it gets better as it goes on.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice!!! This book really looks into the behavior of human beings, from an outsiders view, in this case an alien's. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Stephenie Meyer Yeah, yeah, it's the same author as Twilight... but if you read the series (or swear not to), forget your prejudices, good or bad and just go on and read the Host, I'm pretty sure it's enjoyable to a vast audience. Surprisingly different from her most acclaimed saga (if not looking too deeply) and very pleasant.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I was so surprised by Stephanie Meyer, this book was not what I was expecting, it was WAY better! I was doubtful when I read the first few pages that it was something I was going to like, but once I got past the first chapter I could not put it down!
Date published: 2010-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Imagination Has Been Captured Meyer has done it again! I love how the main character has been captured by an alien race and refuses to lose. The story is compelling and there's a hint of romance in here. Honestly, if a sequel comes out, I'll be first in line to get it.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so great! this book was fantasic. once you are able to leave twilight behind you will be absorbed just like you did in twilight. it is amazing, with a great story line and unexpected twists. It makes you think about love and all that it brings. It is thrilling and exciting. what a great read. I look forward to any possible sequils if they ever come about. Stephanie meyer did it again.
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book was awesome...it kept you reading into the late hours of night. You can't put it down. Lastly read it.....just read it!
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-Turner The Host is a real departure from Meyer's Twilight series. Meyer has set aside her vampires to give us a solid sci-fi thriller. What a relief! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Twilight, but after four books of Bella, I was getting a bit overloaded. The Host is riveting. I could not put it down. In fact, it's over 600 pages and I read it in a day. In this story, a parasitic alien race, who refer to themselves as 'Souls', has taken over the planet, using humans as hosts. While for the most part, the planet has been overrun, there are still pockets of 'wild' humans, i.e. humans that have not become hosts, that try and live under the radar to prevent capture. The story follows Wanderer, a Soul who has been recently inserted inside a human host. Wanderer was chosen for this specific host because of her experiences on eight different worlds. It was thought that a more experienced Soul was necessary because of the way this host was 'acquired'. Melanie Stryder, the host, had been living 'wild' as part of the human resistance. Rather than face capture, she chose to die a violent death. Unfortunately for Melanie, the aliens were able to save her and using their superior healing, mend her broken body, making her a viable host. While Wanderer immediately takes control of Melanie's body, the posession does not go smoothly. Resistance by a Host is usually rare, but Melanie makes her presence known to Wanderer almost immediately and the two battle with each other for the upper hand. Wanderer’s job is to report any intel that she learns about the human resistance from Melanie but Melanie makes it difficult for her to do so. Wanderer may control her body, but Melanie’s thoughts and memories are still her own and she puts them to good use bombarding Wanderer with memories and emotions of the life stolen from her but keeping any information that would endanger her loved ones locked away. Impatiently waiting for information from Wanderer, is a Seeker. The Seeker's job is to hunt down rebel humans and she knows that Melanie's mind should have clues to find the resistance. Both Wanderer and Melanie take an instant disliking to the Seeker and this common enemy allows the two to develop a tentative friendship. While Melanie continues to use what power she has, in the form of dreams and memories, to gain Wanderer’s attention and sympathy, Wanderer is already feeling somewhat sympathetic and guilty about what her people have done. Spurred on by their now shared feelings for the two people Melanie had to leave behind, Wanderer and Melanie set out to find them. Using clues from Melanie's memories, Wanderer is able to find a band of human rebels, led by Melanie's Uncle Jeb. The bulk of the story features Wanderer's captivity with the rebels and what follows is a story about what it is to be human, about identity and about individualism. Most of all The Host is a story about the nature of love. Romantic love, love of family, love of friends - all of these emotions are explored by Wanderer as she is first overwhelmed by Melanie’s emotional memories then succumbs to the emotions herself. All in all The Host makes for compelling reading. Avoiding the obvious sci-fi clichés it concentrates on humanity and the human emotions experienced by an alien invader who really wants to be human. 2010-043
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I sure didn't see THIS coming! Like every teenage girl who actually reads books and dreams about Edward Cullen, I was compelled to pick up Stephenie Meyer's hefty new tale. I roughly knew that I couldn't expect another vampire-human girl awkward-romance thing (from what I've heard) so I was definitely curious. Overall, that curiousity was quickly satisfied when I found out that Meyer can actually write (better than the teen saga). Anyways, I thought it was a cool concept and well thought out. Don't worry there's some love in there for you too! Although I perhaps wanted to see a more tragic ending, a happy one works too! Give it a read if you want to give your head a rest from the screaming twi-fans, it will give you some room to breathe.
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tale of the body snatchers Once again, Stephanie Meyers creates a fantastic world where the unlikeliest of species survive in harmony. Or do they?... If you are a fan of the Twilight series you may not be a fan of this one, at first. The story of an alien invasion may not be everyones idea of a great story. Keep an open mind to the possibilities, but not too open or you could be next. Wanderer is an alien parasite who is transplanted into a human host body. This will be the ninth planet her soul has lived on. She tries to fulfill her calling as a University Instructor, while struggling with the conscience of her host, Melanie. The Seekers are the peace keepers of the soul communities, however Wanderer knows there is something not right about hers. No Soul would be so hostile and violent. Wanderer is compelled to help her fellow souls and will do what is needed for the greater good. When she starts seeing Melanie's memories of a long lost boyfriend, Jared, and brother, Jamie, she notifies the Seeker immediately. Fearing that there may be something wrong with her host, Melanie's conscience should no longer exist, Wanderer decides to go see her original Healer. While driving through the desert, the landscape starts to resemble some of Melanies memories and the stories from her crazed Uncle Jeb. Wanderer sets out through the desert in a search for Jared and Jamie. Feeling Melanie's love for them, Wanderer needs to see them too. The Seeker is following Wanderer and will not give up her quest to find and catch more humans.
Date published: 2010-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it I really like the Twilight series, so I figured out I might like some other writings by Stephenie Meyer. At the beginning I was sort of disappointed because it was really difficult for me to get into the story; you have to read about 100 boring pages, but from that moment on, the story starts getting absolutely thrilling, and you realize that the hundred pages or so you read unwillingly were worth it. Can't say I liked it better than Twilight, but The Host was an amazing novel, and you totally fall in love with the characters.
Date published: 2009-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Action packed and well worth it! This book like all of Meyers work is like a good action movie. Her books are pure adventure and love. The imaginative nature of this author is a no brainer even for a literary snob like myself lol.
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read It took me a good 100 pages to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the Twilight series but I think this novel was better written and the story was more interesting. I really hope Stephenie Meyer writes a sequel... Soon!
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I was slightly dissapointed at the beginning as her writting style had changed, yet within a few chapters the story became very interesting. The end was nice as most of it I expected, althought their are a few shocking parts that were a nice unexpected surprise. Definitely a good read if you like science fiction novels.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great I could not put this book down. The emotions are up and down through out. I was disappointed when the book was over, maybe there will be a part 2.
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to get into Wanderer is a soul that has taken possession of Melanie's body. Most of the human race has been taken over already by these alien souls. Unfortunately for Wanderer, Melanie will not give up her body quite so easily, so they are both "fighting" for space in this body's mind. They find a hideout of humans that includes some of Mel's family and her love... I don't read very much science fiction, but like Twilight, I found this pretty easy to get into. I really liked it. It was interesting to see both Mel and Wanderer arguing with each other inside their shared mind.
Date published: 2009-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Twilight Numerous people could easily agree that The Host is better then Twilight, mostly because they'd had enough of Bella Swan's childish antics. Melanie Stryder/Wanda however, were a more daring, caring duo. With characters like Kyle, Jared, Jamie, Jeb, Ian and Doc, this is one of the books that just speaks to you. Meyer's writing style is beautiful, and the plot is thrilling. There are some confusing moments that you really need to reread and some boring moments that you'll just hate. And there's even moments where you feel like throwing this book at the wall because Wanda's kind heart is sickening. Either way, it was spectacular.
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated I picked up this book in the hopes that Meyer's "adult fiction" would be slightly better written and slightly less whiny than the Twilight series (which I'll admit I devoured) but I was left wanting with this book, Meyer's sticks to the same basic formula here (accident-prone heroine caught in an unavoidable love triangle) however I didn;t feel the emotional pull with this story as I did with Twilight and the first 200 pages were absolutely dreadful to try and get through. Meyer's should stick to teen fiction.
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Really good book.. Not like any other book ive read, definetly differnet and id love another one :)
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I'm a huge fan of the Twilight series and I was a little afraid that Stephenie Meyer would not be able to write another novel that could even compare to Twilight. It turns out that I had nothing to be afraid of! This novel was absolutely amazing! I'd recommend it to any Twilight lover, and even those who have not read or didn't like Twilight!
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bella Changes Name in The Host Well, I had enough of the whiny and childish Bella Swan in the Twilight series (although the basic plot I did enjoy). So, I thought perhaps Stephanie Meyer's attempt at writing literature for adult readers might be something I would like since the characters might be a little less...umm...whiny. Well, apparently all that happened was Bella Swan jumping into another plot and changing her name. After reading The Host, I have very little faith in Stephanie Meyer's ability to develop complex characters. Such a shame since I did enjoy the majority of Twilight's plot. Furthermore, I found The Host to be an extremely slow read compared to all the other books I have read in the past few years. I had to practically beat myself into believing that if I just kept reading a bit longer, maybe the characters would get better or the plot would pick up. That was also a letdown as I was still trying to get really into the book by the time I finsihed. If Stephanie Meyer's style of writing is to make her characters seem like idiots and frustrate her readers, she has succeeded so far and will continue to, I'm sure, should she decide to continue writing. The plot was an interesting concept, but I would have enjoyed it far more if the story had been told by a better writer with the understanding that not all females under the age of the 30 are whiny, stubborn, and ignorant. I have taken into account that in the majority of coming-of-age stories, the main character is often annoying and childish in the beginning and grows from that point on throughout the story, but I did not notice that in either The Host or Twilight, besides the part where Wanderer decides to give up Melanie's body, but that was the extent.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was amazing, It never had a dull moment for me. It was always interesting and very witty. LOVED it.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read It’s a slow start and it doesn’t pick up until 100-150 pages into the book, but if you stick with it, you will enjoy the book. It has some sad parts, but it’s really good and I recommend reading this book. It’s about aliens who have taken over earth and possess human bodies. This one alien in particular who takes over the body of a girl, can’t seem to control the girl’s thoughts and feelings. The alien ends up feeling what the girl feels and also desires what the girl wants in life. At some point in the book the alien is confused and isn't sure how much of her feelings and desires is really hers or the girl she possess. It's a must read.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This book was amazing!!! I could barely put it down. At the start I was confused about the hosts and the souls, but then when I read more I started to understand it better. I love how Melanie is still in love with Jared, but he doesn't love her, at the start, becaus ehe thinks that she will turn on them and turn all the humans into hosts, but Wanda, who is the soul inside of Melanie, starts to have feelings for Ian, one of the humans, and he loves her back. Melanie who keeps telling Wanda that she hates Ian and wants her to stay away from Jared aswell. Its one of the best books I have read. I definitley recommend this book!!
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad... The story for The Host was at best creative, unfortunately it dragged on and could have been a lot shorter with the same impact. The characters were very one dimensional and were not very well developed so I didn't feel very attached to them by the end of the book. On the other hand, it is teen fiction and I would have loved this story if I read it when I was a teenager so I would recommend it for young adults but not necessarily for mature adults.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT & THEN READ IT AGAIN! I loved this book. It was easy to read, it was an unpredictable story, and it wasn't about vampires :). I got into the book immediately and couldn't put it down. I was sad to see it end. Go buy it, hide in your favorite chair for a few nights with your favorite munchies and put up a do not disturbe sign. You will NOT be disappointed.
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating As with all of Stephenie M's books, I found myself drawn in. The characters became real to me. Very close to the end of the book I found myself sobbing; I don't usually do that even if there's a soundtrack. Any book that can make me feel that intensely is one I just may read again--and I don't re-read fiction. I have encouraged my family to read it as well, including my husband. While he doesn't read "vampire books", he likes sci-fi, and this book definitely fits the bill. I also enjoy what Stephenie leaves out of her books--explicit sex and violence. Definitely a keeper!
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SoOoOo Good I discovered this novel after reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was written and how captivated I was - I couldn't put it down! I cried, I laughed and when it was all over I wanted to read it again right away.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start, but finished with a bang! I bought this book after reading the twilight series and was not too sure what to expect. It was a very slow start, but once I got in to the book, it started getting better and better with each page. I found the story line unique and intriguing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone...twilight fans or not!
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Different Idea! I just finished reading this book and it was a really great read. Some friends had told me it was really 'out there' and hard to get through, but I had no problem!! It was different from the Twilight series, but also had some similarities. Very emoitional near the end but loved the ending!
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love Story It was a little slow to grasp at first, but then I couldn't put it down!! It was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I was so sad for it to end......but the ending left room for this to become a another wonderful saga.....I sure hope so!
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Beautiful, Emotional Love Story! WHAT CAN I SAY!!! LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!!!! This book was sooo amazing.. I didnt want it to end! This book has a love triangle of no other kind and is so beautiful to read. You find yourself so involed.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but intriguing So basically, The Host turned out in the end to be a pretty stellar novel BUT it was superrrrrrr slow in the first 200 pages, which means you have to get past a third of the book to get to the good stuff in my opinion. I read all the twilight books and truly loved them so i was just as excited to read this one. Although it was a slow read at first it turned out to be just as lovely and intriguing a love story as Twilight. The character development is outstanding and the story is full of excitment and heartbreak. By the end of the novel i didn't want it to end. If you're reading this book, just bear through the beginning. I'll add this, the beginning storyline is not only slow but a little confusing and 'out there' to understand so just keep plowing through the book, its memorable, i promise!
Date published: 2009-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will there be more...? I have read the Twilight series and I was very interested in the books, but one thing I noticed about those novels was the fact that I was more interested in the underdog characters such as Jacob and the supporting vampires then I was Bella and Edward. Some point in between New Moon and Eclipse I became tired of the two and wanted more, more development of Bella then I had seen or hoped. But then I read The Host and I felt captivated by every character from the beginning to the end of the book I was reading until my eyelids wanted to close from exhaustion. I felt what Wanda felt and I began to love Ian like Wanda loved Ian. The relationship between Wanda, Jarred and Ian did remind me a lot of Bella's with Edward and Jacob, but I didn't get bored with it as much, I was excited to see what would come about with Melanie, how would it end. I wish there were more to read...now I just read over my favourite parts. I loved this book, and it was a great read.
Date published: 2009-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I had never read a book by Stephanie Meyers before "The Host." I had heard of the vanpire books but as this was her first book written for adults I thought I would check it out. Wow was I impressed! I spent 7 hours straight reading and I can't remember the last time I did that. Her book is intriging, insightful and full of imagination. What a great story of love and what is means to be human. Thanks Stephanie
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Any Suggestions? I have never read this novel but ny friends say its great can anyone help me out here with the make up of this book. Here is what i know: there is a girl named meliane and wanda and they are souls and shells or somehting and they both like differnt boys and Wanda needs to kill herself to save Meliane but she deosnt and her and some dude live together forever... is that right!?
Date published: 2009-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I must be missing something When I saw that Stephanie Meyer had written a novel that wasn't part of the Twilight series, I was a little hesitant to read it. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the Twilight books (they were so engrossing!), however, as many have mentioned, she isn't exactly the most talented writer. But when I saw the other reviews, I decided to give it a try. All in all, I was pretty disappointed. While the storyline is intriguing, the whole thing kind of comes off as one huge cliché in the end. I know each writer has their own specific writing style, however, I sometimes felt like I was rereading Twilight. The whole 'love triangle' (or should I say square) reminded me so much of Bella, Edward and Jacob. I must say that in the end, it's definitely not one of her better works.
Date published: 2009-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's greatness Suprised me I read the twilight series and like it (the first time). But at the same time I came to resent Stephenie Meyer and thought she was an awful writer. Good stories but bad writing. She needs to put down the thesaurus for one thing! BUT when I read THE HOST I was in love from the first page to the last page. It was so good. The characters are lovable and relatable...except for the character you’re not supposed to like you find yourself dreading her next annoying appearance. The story is well thought out and applied beautifully, displaying human nature along with all its twists and turns. I hadn't ever read Sci-Fi before the host but since I read THE HOST I have decided slowly work Sci-Fi into my reading habits. Honestly, I expected to hate it because it's Stephenie Meyer whose writing I intensely dislike. It is now my favorite novel that isn't a part of a series. LOVED IT!
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Amazing! Truthfully, the beginning is a little slow. Up untill about the 4th chapter. But, I garuntee you it gets better. I loved this book. I definitly think it is better than Twilight. You will probaly fall in love with one of the characters. I certainly did, (Ian). The Host was written beautifully. I don't usualy read sci-fi books, but this was a great exception. 1 million thumbs up! I recomend anyone to read this!
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating beautiful story! After reading Twilight, I didn't think I was going to looove Stephenie Meyer's The Host. SO WRONG! It's one of the most beautiful stories I've read! It's human nature at its best and worst. The story is fill with emotions and feelings you can't avoid feeling. It's a deep story that deals with what it means to be human. Themes like community, understanding, accepting, attachment, hate, hostility, danger, kindness and selflessness are developed. Without forgetting love, of course. Humanity has been infiltrated and taken over by an alien species, called "souls". Souls are placed in human bodies (hosts). These souls then take full control of the body pushing aside anything that’s left of the human consciousness. But some of these humans resist this invasion. And ties are formed. All the characters are great to follow: Jared and Melanie; Wanda and Ian; Jamie; Jeb... They all bring something special and important into the main story. The love story between Melanie and Jared and the one between Ian and Wanda are unforgettable. This is Stephenie Meyer’s first “adult novel”. A big success! But I also believe that young adults, and Twilight readers, will definitely like to read this. I really hope there'll be a second book! The ending of this book gives the possibility to come up with a follow up! :-)
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very genuine I was really into the Twilight Series, actually read the whole series within a week and reread it a week later, but I didn't know if I'd like Stephanie Meyers outside of that series. She nailed this book though. It was exciting and the feelings were so genuine throughout. You could completely imagine two beings within one body fighting for control and in love with the same person. It felt very real - and I was very impressed with the writing. Great read!
Date published: 2009-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loveee Stephenie Meyer This is an awesome book. I really admire Stephenie's writing style. Not as romantic as Twilight but it shows you a different perspective on life and she shows how beautiful and amazing it can be to be human (although we are destructive at times lol). A must-read!
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising! I absolutely loved this book. I am not usually into such sci-fi sounding books but I sunk my teeth into this one. Meyer has such a creative, vivid imagination I would love to pick her brain. A love triangle between two people really sums it up. The heart wrenching decisions are killer and the ending is way better than I expected. If you like aliens and the struggle for survival mixed with a captivating love story (love stories) then this is the book for you. My review can't do this book enough justice. I was pleasantly surprised and I would definitely read it again!
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow to get into but the rest of it amazing I found this book most of my concentration to get into, which is what most people will tell you of this book. it took me until (no lies) page 70 to actually take an interest in it but even then it kept my attention off and on and it took me till around page 180-200 to actually make me want to flip the pages and not put it down. so if you have started this book and are thinking maybe shouldn't continue it i suggest you do because the rest of the book is written like she wrote twilight...basically AMAZING!!! i was crying by the first ending (and for those of you who have read it know what i'm talking about). I think the reason people find it hard to get into this book is because she throws you into this very unique idea whit no warning and you kind of have trouble figuring everything out/wrapping your brain around it. but my advice keep trudging through because its sooooo worth it
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book is one of my favorite books EVER! It was amazing from start to finish. Stephenie Meyer is an amazing and very creative author. Everthing was so interesting and I don't remember ever putting the book down as soon as I started it :) A MUST READ BOOK!
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human Honestly, I had no idea what to expect, but when I read it, I couldn't get over how unbelievable it was. Stephenie Meyer wrote a wonderful story about aliens, souls, love, but mostly, and fantastically about the human spirit. So maybe it wasn't what a lot of Twilight - lovers expected, or liked. I definitely think this was written better than Twilight.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! I wasn't expecting to like this book. It was hard to get into in the beginning but after that I was so hooked. Suspensful and romantic. So believable. S. Meyer is very gifted at story telling.
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel I had a hard time putting down This book turned out to be fantastic. I found it a little slow to start but once I got rolling with it I found many a nights I was awake into the wee hours reading it. A refreshing break from the Twilight Series, which I have read many times over. This novel has just solidified my liking even more for Stephenie Meyer! Great job Stephenie, if you ever get on these things to check out what your readers think; I loved it and I look forward to many more books from you.
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book i've ever read The Host by Stephanie Meyer is an amazing book. I have felt joy, fear, wonder, and sadness when i reading all 619 pages of this book. I couldn't put it dowwn! i loved the characters, i have never read anything like this before. The ending makes you think whats going to happen next and i love that. Some parts in this book are boring but are important. This book is about Melanie Stryder, a human, who dies and a soul, Wanderer, is put inside of her. Its not normal that Wanderer can still hear Melanie talk to her so other sould try to help Wander not let Melanie take over her body. Wander and Melanie hate their Seeker who is constantly bugging them so they escape to find Melanie's love, Jared, and her brother , Jamie who might still be alive. I don't want to stoil the book for those who haven't read it so i won't say what happends. Its a really emotional story, love, hate, fear, joy, so much! For those who are thinking about buying this book, i would have to say buy it, i think its better that twilight althought i LOVE twilight, i gottat say the host is better. I hope this review comes in hndy for you guys, have fun reading it (the middle-end is FANTASTIC!!)
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something For Everyone Reading the Twilight series I will admit I was prepared for something painstakingly similar. While I adored the Twilight series I didn't want to read something that was just the same. It wasn't. This book had a little something for everyone. Read it, and you will like it (even if you're not a "Twlighter").
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Surprise I picked up this book right after devouring the whole Twilight Series. I was told by many that this book was as good or better than twilight. I have to admit it is very close. I do find her writing very similar and the constant "dizzy" references got on my nerves but for the most part this book was amazing. I absolutly hate Sci-fi books but this one is not in my opinion a Sci-Fi book. It is a book about love. I found myself loving wander's character so much. loving a "parasite" creature that is in a body of a human. I don't know how Stephenie Meyer does it but i could not put this book down (after i got through the first few chapters- which were confusing). The ending made me cry and i don't think i was able to read a few paragraph without wiping my eyes. but the ending was so perfect and unexpected. I recomend this book and hope she will continue with this story and make it a series.
Date published: 2009-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Infinitely Better Than the Twilight Saga Reading the Twilight series the first time around, I loved it because of its story. Attempting to read it a second time proved fruitless, as I realized that Stephenie Meyer could not write worth the pen she uses. Reading this particular novel, her only novel to date outside said series, I was given renewed hope that maybe she wasn't as terrible as I made her out to be. This is an intriguing novel about an alien who is supposed to help her kind to take over the human world, but turns to love the human she is inserted with and other humans that kept me from sleep for a couple of nights while I finished it. Meyer's writing has much improved in her fourth novel since her first. Based on this, I do intend to read any future novels that are published.
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! At first I was a little lost until Chapter 4, I could not put the book down. Now I am eager for Stephanie to write a sequel, as the ending was left at a point that there are so many more stories to come!!
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did you like the Twilight Saga? If yes, then read this book! I must say, I loved this book! One thing I gotta admit though, you have to get through a few chapters before you realize what the hell is going on, because it's a little "out of this world" hehe, but once you do you'll have trouble putting the book down! I think Stephanie did an excellent job in adult fiction and she better get working on something new!!!
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Science Fiction I love Stephenie Meyer's writing style. Although I found this particular book a little harder to get into than the Twilight saga, once I got past the first few chapters - it was hard to put down! The book is about an alien named Wanderer who is trying to acclimatize to a human society - and all the unfamiliar emotions that come with it. It would be interesting to read a sequel to this book. My only complaint about The Host - more romance please!
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than twilight. I'm not the biggest fan of the Twilight series, so for me, Stephenie Meyer really redeemed herself with this book. Although it starts off kind of confusing, it all starts to make sense after a few chapters and you're immediately sucked in. The only problem I had with it was that the main character(s) seemed as if they were perfect (like Twilight) and it all ended with a nice little happy ending (like Twilight). There never seemed to be any real trouble and any problems were resolved without a hitch (like Twilight). At least the writing was much more sophisticated than the Twilight series, so I found myself much more willing to read it. Overall, great book. Better than Twilight. Read it.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!!! I thought that this book was absolutely great... like in twilight.. stephenie meyer wrote another book that sucks you right into its world. it was slow in the beginning but the tentions builds up to the point that you cannot put it down... bravo to miss meyer... i hope she writes more books...
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK!!! if you are thinking of reading the host go for it! its an amazing story full of adventure. there is never a dull moment when your reading it. in every chapter new things happen. the host is one of those books you just can put down....one of those books that if u dont finish the page before you go to bed you'll be left parying for morning to figure out what will happen. ty for reading my review about the host!
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good This book started off a bit slow but after a few chapters, I really enjoyed it. This was really a good read although I hope to see Stephenie Meyer write something more "dark" in the future.
Date published: 2009-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not 5 stars I bought this book based on the all the reviews. I was kind of disappointed, it was a good read but in no way does it deserve 5 stars. The characters are flat and one dimensional and the story seemed very cliché. I just think that the author had a good idea to start with but didn't bother to develop or research too much. The ending seemed rushed and too convenient. Maybe she should stick to writing teen novels. Apparently there's a sequel in the works, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna buy it.
Date published: 2009-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than awesome! It is just awesome, but it's sort of slow in the beginning, but please, DONT SKIP. it all buiilds up, like stephenie meyer's twilight book, it was slow too. but then wow, it just combines to a magical magical story. it doesn't matter what genre it is, it melts your heart and keeps you from putting the book down ! love it. just finished the book and i do plan on re reading all her books, the twilight series and the host, and hopefully with my slow reading speed, a sequel of the host or another stephenie meyer book would be released by then (: **it's also not just for adults, teens too(am one) !! **
Date published: 2009-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Creative The start of the book took me a little longer to get into it, but I push through. And I was so glad I gave this book a chance. The concept is amazing and once again Mrs. Meyer doesn't disappoint. You really feel connected to her characters and just want everything to work out for both of the main characters. And of course you don't know whos side to take and that what makes this book so brilliant , you really can't hate either character. Its a must read , just push through the first few chapters and then your in for a emotional ride.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow at first, but got better The first 150ish pages were pretty slow to start off with. I found it hard to read, but once I got past the beginning and was less confused I really enjoyed the book and was unable to put it down. It was a really good book, and I loved reading about the characters. :)
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I truly loved this book...it is such a surprise and keeps you reading.
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley, Amazingly Mind Blowing!! This book was just an other reminder of how great an author Stephanie Meyer is. It's an intensely grabbing story that pulls you in and has you reading until you cant anymore. A very sweet love story, that is so insightful and keeps you thinking long after your finished, "What's more important in life?" All in all, AMAZING.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eh turned to WHOA! My friend got this book for my birthday. At first, when I read it I was like this is soo dull ! But after struggling to read this for about 20 chapters, it started to pick up. I guess Stephenie dragged on Wanderer and Melanie going there for too long or something. Because, even though through their adventure of finding their destination was pretty vivid, it was boring. The last 30 or so chapters started to pick up. It was dramatic, it made it seem like you were really there, and of course the ending was just awesome :D 4.5/5 :P
Date published: 2009-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't read it all yet but it's fantastic so far! i Haven't read all of it but it awesome so far, i can't wait to read the rest of the book.
Date published: 2009-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW, a must read A very well written book. It's a page turner. I was not able to put this book down. The story is very touching. The author connects the reader with each character. It's an absolute must read even for people who are not much into Science fiction. This book is much better then "The Twilight" saga.
Date published: 2009-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Host - A Wonderful Surprise I was a little hesitant about reading this book because I'm not a big lover of alien stories but I loved the Twilight Saga so much, I had to see Stephenie Meyers take on story with aliens instead of vampires. I was not disappointed. "Souls" have taken over earth. They are transplanted into the bodies of human and once the transplant is complete, the human form of the person exists with memories of their lives but the actual person disappears and the "Soul" continues with their new life.....usually. Melanie is a free human and along with her brother Jamie and her new partner Jared they live in hiding. Melanie is captured by the "Souls" and becomes The Host to a "Soul" named Wanderer. Wanderer is surprised that she can hear Melanie and Melanie can sometimes control her thoughts and actions. Melanie convinces Wanderer to look for Jamie and Jared. During the search, Melanie and Wanderer become friends and try to workout how to coexist. They prove to be stronger than they both thought and both will do anything to have the other survive. Stephenie Meyers does a fantastic job making each character special and forming an attachment to them on some level. The story maybe about aliens but it's really the backdrop to the story and not the whole story. I'm glad I picked this up.
Date published: 2009-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read at first this book is a little slow. but hang in there because once you get past the first bit it becomes a can't put down book. for those who have read the twilight series and have an image in your head of stephanie's style, toss it. there are no vamipres or shape shifters here, only good old fashioned body snaching aliens. this novel takes on a very believable aspect as it picks up, so much so you can place yourself easliy in that world, without any effort. even if you are not into alien novel (and believe me i am not) this is a must read, you will be happily supriesed
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just imagine.... Just imagine that your world has been taken over by "aliens". They take over your body and mind, and you are completely erased forever... But what if there were people who couldn't be erased, people who figured out that the world was being taken over before anyone else. Those people are rebels, just like Melanie Stryder. However, Melanie has been captured.... As I said before once you are a rebel you usually can't be erased.... Wanderer has been inserted into Melanie and they are fighting with eachother....until they are drawn together by a enemy....a Seeker. Melanie is also"attacking" Wanderer with memories of her brother, Jamie, and her one true love, Jared. They are then wisked off into an adventure that may help them find Melnie's family......and maybe even someone for Wanderer.... Stephenie Meyer is the most amazing author. She shows that love can fill you up and drag you into two different directions.....your "heart and soul" Just read it.....it just may even be better than the twilight saga.....i'm not kidding !!!!!
Date published: 2009-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I very like this book maybe because I started with a very good opinion of it : Stephenie Meyer wrotte it. Anyway I can't say it is as good as Twilight but it still a book worth reading. The only thing that bothered me is that in the middle there's like a empty spot what I mean is that nothing actually happen and its kinda boring. But it's still a very awesome book: romantic and cute.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Twilight! After reading Twilight Series I was curious about this next book by Stephanie Meyer. The Host definately did NOT let me down. It was a real page turner. If you are busy and do not have time to read, do not start this book because the rest of your life will be on hold until you are done it! Wanda/Melanie is a great character that you can't help but love! Pick it up today and read it!!! Go IAN!!
Date published: 2009-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Splendid! It was so strange to read, but you know, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was a wonderful book to read. I'd want to read it again... after I finish my other stack...
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was O.K I didn't enjoy this book as much as the Twilight series. This is a book that I probably wouldn't ever read again.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Different I enjoyed this book as much as the Twlight Series! Althought a very different concept, I can hardly wait to see what Stephanie comes up with next!
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was a great book! Everything you'd expect from Stephanie Meyer. I highly recommend this.
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG THE BEST! This book was really great, I recomand it to those that hate sci-fi and you will even love it. Also those who love sci-fi and forbidden love will love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ! I really love this book from Stephenie Meyer. It's more mature than the Twilight Series, and better written. I'm looking forward to the sequel of this book.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book started off slow and I almost wanted to stop reading it. It was really hard to get into but my friend whom i borrowed it from kept telling me to read it. So I continued and I was proven wrong. This book was spectacular. I really liked every character and definitly fell in love with Ian. Comparing to Twilight, I was often annoyed with Bella because all she does is whine but with Wanda, I actualy liked her. All in all, the book was good. I was happy with the ending, she wrapped it up well.
Date published: 2008-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Engrossing This book is absolutely wonderful. Kept me up late reading wanting to get to the end. If you like sci fi, thrillers with a bit of romance you will want to read this book.
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Fighter I will say this now, I loved the host more then twilight. I found at first hard to get into this book, but my best friend kept egging me on to read it. And I will say the same thing to anyone thinking of reading this that she said to me, it gets really good once she gets to the desert. A Love triangle between two bodies. another great story about strong women who won't give up the fight to do right by their family and friends. a real tear jerker.
Date published: 2008-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Her Best Work... I've read part of it but I'm stopping for a bit because it just wasn't good. When I read the Twilight Saga, I got a spark. I was in-ish the book. I could hear Bella's voice and see Edward but The Host...I felt nothing. Stephenie Meyer still uses the language she usually uses in Twilight, okay, I'm comparing it to Twilight, kill ME! You might say 'It doesn't have anything to do with vampires!' but Twilight fans ARE going to read this because they think the Twilight Saga was genius, and it was ! Anyways, don't bother reading the book if your looking for the awesomeness (yes, I used the word!) of Twilight. I didn't like it, snoozerama.
Date published: 2008-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home Run!!!!! LOVED IT!!! I read all night to get to the end :). I do sometimes think that Stephanie Meyer's endings are a bit tooooo happy. But I love happy so all is good. I still can't believe I got into this book, and am not into Aliens at all, but she is so skilled at the way she writes she ropes me in everytime
Date published: 2008-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 29 Different Kinds of Awesome I'd read the Twilight "saga", and to say that it left me less than impressed would be an understatement. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up The Host. I finished this book in about seven hours. I just could not put it down. In my opinion, this is the SMeyer book that deserves the hype, not Twilight. For one, the premise itself is very intriguing. The book follows Wanderer, a member of an alien species that travels throughout the universe "colonizing" planets by taking over the bodies of the species on those planets, or assuming "hosts". They have come to Earth and, when the story takes place, the majority of humans in the world have been taken over by these aliens. There exists only a few pockets of humans who managed to escape the invasion. Wanderer is implanted into the body of a human, Melanie Stryder, who fought the invasion. Wanderer is surprised at first when she realizes Melanie's mind has not been suppressed, and although the two dislike each other at first, they end up becoming friends and working together to evade the Seekers (aliens tasked with finding still-free humans and bringing them to be taken over) and find Melanie's younger brother and boyfriend. The twists and turns in this book are aplenty - pretty much every prediction I made as I was reading turned out to be wrong (except, ironically, the one I was joking about), and the end had me literally crying. The characters were so well-written, it was near impossible to pick sides in the beginning between Wanderer and Melanie. Even the secondary characters were so well-developed. Not only is the story itself great, but it provides food for thought about the workings of our world. The aliens picked Earth because they saw humans as barbaric and within the six or so years they've occupied the planet (the timeline is a little hazy), they managed to take better care of Earth than we ever did. There was no more violence, no more conflict. Of course, the cost of that was everyone's personality and individuality. This is reminiscent of the Angel Season 4 plotline with Jasmine, and not in a bad way. In short, this book was excellent, and I would recommend this to everyone, especially those who weren't fond of Twilight. Yes, there is romance here, but it's more of a subplot, as the main plot focuses on the complex relationship between Melanie and Wanderer. Most importantly, there is none of that purple prose that is so abundant in the Twilight series. SMeyer, if you keep churning out books like this, I will be a very happy person.
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing This book was amazing. It held me right from the beginning. I laughed and cried and sometimes both at the same time. I could not put the book down once I started reading. I was hooked even after the very first page. The only thing is now I am sad that it is over!
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved this book soo much.i personally think it is just as good as twilight. -izz xo
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Until The Blank Pages. Out of all of Stephanie Meyers books 'The Host' is probably my favourite, why? Because it has less fluffy romance and a little more grit. It delves into family, friendship and romance. (Something I found the Twilight saga never did) But then came the five or so blank pages near the end of the book. Oh god. I honestly believe that the book would'ave been so much better if she'd just left it at that, no cliched happy endings. It just ruined th whole book for me. Am I the only one who thinks the 'ending' before the blank pages would'ave made the book just that much better?
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice work! Let me guess: the majority of people reading this are fans of Twilight? I guess, yeah. Except it's really different - in a very good way, though. The book has flaws. Meyer's writing is waaay better here than in any of the Twilight series book. Characters are nice and the development of the story (even though, extremely slow by moments) is nice. I'm very eager to read more of this. This work is way more mature than Twilight, and I hope Stephenie Meyer will keep it this way.
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Success from Stephanie Meyer - but don't compare it to Twilight Ok so like many people I'm sure I started with the Twilight series and was immediately addicted to Stephanie Meyer. I went straight from those books to this one and if you do the same - don't expect it to be like Twilight. This book is a stand alone book and is an excellent read but not at all the same as the Twilight Series. It takes a little longer to feel attached to the characters and get into the story line in this book but once I got into it I totally enjoyed this book. You may not read this book in a day (like Twilight) but keep going....the end is worth the read alone!
Date published: 2008-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creeeeepy! When I first read the jacket of this book I thought it sounded terrible. However, I was so intrigued after reading the first page that I couldn't put it down! It was so unlike anything that I usually read - I'm usually into romantic fiction and this was very sci-fi, however, Meyer found a way to weave romance in with this bizarre sci-fi scenario that makes for a great read! Especially around Halloween...
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my favorite Meyer book So this has just moved in to my new favorite Meyer slot. It totally beats out the twilight series in my books. Not only is the language better, but so is the story. It has a strong sci fi bend which appeals to me, along with a strong romantic element that actually helps to develop the characters rather than hinder them. I couldn't wait to read more, but I was sad to finish.
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not your average Body Snatchers Book... This really was an amazing book. Meyer took an old story and gave it a great new twist. Only a book could take us into the mind of a woman who has two "beings" inside of her one body. Meyers characters are very well-developed here (I can visualize them all) and their interactions are so entertaining. The suspense keeps coming with each page. Truly an original book (albeit with a rehashed story foundation) that you will not be able to put down. It was hard to imagine what would happen in the end, but I was very happy with the ending. Meyer always seems to tie things up with a nice bow to make the reader very satisfied, without making the ending too predictable. Can't wait for the sequels!
Date published: 2008-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! I couldn't put this book down, it had me hooked from the beginning. BETTER THAN, Twilight, which some say is absolutely not true. But its rating really does surpass Twilight in my opinion. Reading the description, it sounded different but not exactly engaging enough. I recommend every teen reads this book!
Date published: 2008-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright Hi, I read the host after reading the twilight saga and after reading reviews were people said they enjoyed this book better than twilight. On that note i was disappointed. I liked the host but I loved twilight. I just found that the host didn't have the same kind of pull as the twilight books did. With twilight i couldn't put it down, With the host I would read a little here and there. Like i said it's a good book. But please don't compare it to twilight. Stephenie is an amazing author with a really creative mind. But these books aren't to be compared.
Date published: 2008-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok.. This book was ok.. It had a good story line but i found that there were a lot of slow parts.
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I loved the Host. Stephenie Meyer has an amazing talent for writing. I found this book to be a bit confusing at first but as I continued I everything made sense. Another amazing book form an amazing author
Date published: 2008-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Than The Twilight Series I admit, it took me a while to understand but it wasn't that bad of a book. There's a good storyline, even though there are more than enough fillers, but it's a good book overall. It's worth your time, and I recommend reading this book rather than the Twilight Series.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Earth has been infected by an unseen enemy that lives only by steeling another's life. Humans have become the unwilling hosts of these invaders. Their minds taken over while their bodies remain to be used as a home for the souls till the body dies. An invading soul, Wanderer, has been given Melanie Stryder’s body. Her task, to find out where the rest of the remaining humans resistance is, but young Melanie refuses to fade away, to be erased. While Wanderer searches through all of the thoughts she can get to, Melanie is haunting the soul with vivid memories of her brother, and the man she loves. Wanderer, unable to separate her mind from the bodies desires, she begins to fall in love with Jared-the human that she has been asked to find. Wanderer cannot be helped by her comforter so leaves her home to find her Healer so that he can destroy Melanie. On her way across the desert, Wanderer stumbles upon a familiar place. Not a place she has been personally, but a place she has visited in Melanie’s memories. Unable to stop herself, Wanderer teams up with Melanie and they set out on a desperate search to find the man they have both grown to love.
Date published: 2008-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly much better than the Twilight series Imagine a world without conflict, destruction, or even anger. A world where humans would work with each other to achieve the common goal of making the world a better place. This is what the souls, creatures that have invaded Earth, have changed our planet. Colonizing it by being placed into human bodies, the human host’s body continues to live a seemingly normal life but with one exception – the original human has no mental control over the body. There are few humans left who have not had their bodies occupied by a soul. One of them is Melanie Stryder, a fierce woman who is eventually captured and becomes host to the soul Wanderer. However, Melanie has her ways of resisting Wanderer’s control over her body. When Wanderer attempts to cloud out Melanie’s thoughts, Melanie instead releases visions of Jared, the still “wild” human she loves. Eventually, their search for Jared turns into an epic tale of moral obligations and the extent of love. After reading Meyer’s more popular novel, Twilight, I was surprised to see that The Host bore such emotionally strong topics with actual literary value. Wanderer, as a soul, has such a pure heart that everything she does is for the greater good of others. Those wants are mixed with the desire to live, the practicality of it all, and most of all, the desire to please her human peers. It was also shocking to see that, for once, clichés were kept to a minimum, a stark contrast to the cheesy adventures of Bella Swan with her Edward Cullen. Even more, the concept of the story was more original than the typical vampire romance. At 619 pages, the novel was slightly too long, a fact partly compromised by the action and adventure of survival in a hidden human world where intentions were not as pure as Wanderer’s and doubt about Wanderer/Melanie’s presence there was ever-reigning. The ending was prolonged in such a way that I found myself speed-reading through it – it was a typical “everyone falls in love and lives happily ever after” ending, as though there weren’t enough fairytales on anyone’s bookshelf. The Host is described as “for people who don’t like science fiction”. Although there was decidedly less romance than I would expect from Meyer, I could see what she meant. It is apocalyptic, but other than that, I felt that there were few similarities to, say, the intensity and genius of Eoin Colfer’s work. People unfamiliar with science fiction will like it, but actual fans of science fiction may not necessarily.
Date published: 2008-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspired me to read the Twilight series This was the first Stephanie Meyer book that I read, which I did in June. Since then, I have read all 4 books in the Twilight series and September has only just begun (and I have a toddler)! I have become a fan and will likely read any new releases from Stepanie Meyer. I really enjoyed the story and loved the character development. I did not feel the book was too long and it kept me coming back each time I had a few minutes to spare. On it's own, it is a great book - as mentioned above I hadn't read any of her other books and loved this one. I have recommended it to family and friends without hesitation.
Date published: 2008-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much filler but still a great read. First of all, you can't compare the two subject matters. Vampires and Aliens. So let go of the Twilight series before you crack open this book. Although the topic and story are strong, I think that the first half of the book was too lacking to be carried by a single character (although there were two). There was not enough interaction and "action" for most of the first half and I felt it could have been summarized in half the time. The second half however is brilliant. I am hoping Meyer does not fall into the trap that so many other writers fall into..... That is, have a few bestsellers and then start pumping books out without really developing them seriously. Overall, the book should have been half the size but it is worth the read for sure.
Date published: 2008-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Well, I just finished this book last night, at about 1:00 am. I thought it was amazing! I never expected Stephenie Meyer to write about aliens. Well, it was about aliens, wasn't it? Well, yeah, I guess it was. Anywhoo.. This book is about Melanie Stryder, a human rebel, with her brother Jamie, and her true love, Jared. They hide from the souls, the peaceful alien creatures who have taken over their planet, by simply taking over their bodies. But on a quest to find her human cousin, Sharon, Melanie gets caught. She realizes that she will disappear, and someone will take over her body. But she doesn't want to give up. The soul that occupies her body isn't alone. Melanie is still in there, talking and throwing memories at the soul, Wanderer. So many memories have been thrown at her, that she falls in love with the same man, without ever meeting him. Melanie and Wanderer set out on an epic quest to find these two, and end up finding a whole pack of humans. So, I should let you read the story instead of telling you what happens. I know for a fact that all Twilighters will definetley LOVE this book. It's epic, and fast-paced. I enjoyed it, at least.
Date published: 2008-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sci Fi for people who Don't Like Sci Fi!! I heard Stephenie Meyer describe the Host this way and I think she hit the nail on the head. Aliens taking over people's bodies isn't really a new concept in the sci fi world and even though that is the premise here, this doesn't feel like a sci fi book. It is a book about people and relationships and is really very character driven. Like all Meyer's books it is probably a bit longer than it needs to be but I really enjoyed reading it. The alien can't quite subdue the human mind and they end up sharing the body - and love for the human's boyfriend. It is a good mix of alien culture, action/adventure, and real characters and family drama. I liked the ending and thought it was a good book which I really would recommend. It is definitely grittier than the Twilight books but appropriate for middle and up teens.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing piece of work! Stephenie has done it again! This book is truly remarkable! This is a unique story of an alien named Wanderer and it's host named Melanie who create a bond that would normally be unthinkable, but turns out to be so powerful. I wasn't too sure about reading this book because it sounded too out there for me, but once I got a chapter or two into the novel, I was completely engrossed! If you liked Stephenie's other work then you will love this one!
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what i expected, but BETTER I originally bought this book just because it was written by Stephenie Meyer and my expectations were high even though I didn't really know what it was about. Reading the first 100 pages I was a little dissapointed (it was kind of boring); after all the explaining was over and done with, I was glued to this captivating and original novel. It has a little bit of everything: action, a love square (shall i say), betrayal, and sci-fi (in the correct dose). Extreemly creative and most definatly exeeded my expectations! Another fantastic novel by the queen of story telling, Stephie Meyer! If you are not thinking about reading this novel because you feel it will not live up to the Twilight saga, READ IT ANYWAYS you will not be dissapointed ;)
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to read The way things flow in the book is good. A lot of situations are planned out and has terrific conclusions. Thumbs up for this book.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad at all Overall, it was a great book. However, if you break it down (say, into beginning, middle and end), it could've been better. The first 200 pages or so were really confusing. They would've been fine had I known what was going on, but nothing about the characters or plot was explained; it plunged right into the story without any introduction. After I finally understood everything, I was able to read it willingly. I think I'd have to read it again to fully enjoy it, because I didn't know what was going on in the first third of the book.
Date published: 2008-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omigod, totally shocked when i picked this book up i expected it to be satisfying, but it wasn't.. it was phenomenal! I was totally shocked by the ongoing conflict and love and...everything! An awesome read!!
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I decided to read this book while I was waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out and I ended it up liking it just as much I liked the Twilight Series. The book started out a little slow but I after the first few chapters I ended up staying up til four am two days in a row to finish. I was practicaly a walking zombie for two days but it was sooooo worth it. This book is the perfect mixture of Romance, Action and Danger. I would definetly recommend it to anyone. Overall Amazing read!
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The most interesting book I have ever read... Well, the disclaimer for this book said, 'science fiction for people who don't like science fiction' and it couldn't have been more right. I picked this book up on a whim after reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and fell completely in love with it (maybe even slightly more than I love the Twilight books...). It's a book about acceptance, not only of others but of ourselves. It challenges you to be critical of humanity and to explore the idea of empathy on a whole new level. I found myself laughing, crying, aching and drinking full bottles of water because of setting description. I would absolutely reccommend this book to anyone who likes Stephenie Meyer's other books, and maybe anyone who likes The Fifth Element, ET or the show Sliders, hehe.
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Being Human I just finished this book, and it was not what I excepted. It started out slow, and then after 120 pages or so it gets really good . It really explores all the facets of what it means to be human, good and bad. It shows us how easily we can lose our compassion, and our humanity if we are not careful, and how we should not be judged by the package but the SOUL that is carried inside. Great Book, hope she write more with these characters.
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! though it was quite SLOW in the beginning it was definetely worth it, i finished it in two school nights (not to mention history class :P) I reccomend this to people who want a great love story with a science-fictional twist. :]
Date published: 2008-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, Really Good! I picked up this book while waiting for breaking dawn to come out, and I'm glad i did, i wasn't dissapointed. It was a little slow in the beginning but i as i progressed i found i finished it too fast. This book is filled with adventure and romance, with great characters and a really good storyline. I hope that it's followed with a sequel.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dormant invasion Everyone's heard about alien sightings and all that fun stuff, right? Yet again, Stephanie has outdone herself with creating such a character as Wanderer. Wanderer is incerted into Melanie's body , therefore she is her host. But Wanderer soon discovers that Melanie is not an easy person to bind to. She discovers the good and violent nature of the remaining survivors who stay hidden under the caves. This book illustrates that even strangers can be kind, it just needs a little time.
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it!! This book was awesome - i hope she writes a sequel to this one!!
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seriously Awesome :) Okay so i just finished this book last night and i absolutely loved it. before i start babbling, i need to say this one thing: This book is as much about science fiction and aliens as the Twilight Saga is about vampires. Meyer does not write her novels with the 'mythical' subjects people tend of categorize them under as her primary stroy line. for example, this book is about Wanda's life, and she just so happens to be a soul, rather than a human. So don't take a pass on this book just because you think it is going ot be some boring sci-fi book, because its not! Anyways. The novel took me about six days to read. It took me a while to get started though because i was having a bit of trouble getting in to the first chapter or so. it was also really confusing at the beginning. But DONT WORRY. Everything sorts itself out after a couple chapters and the story line gets really intriguing. i could not put the book down! the one thing i noticed was that the story line was really unpredictable. I mean, usually you can pretty much guess what the climax is going ot be, but this book was the compelte opposite! There was literally about five minor climax's before it got tothe 'major' one. So it will keep you on your toes and you will NOT get bored because you won't be able to guess whats going to happen. The book actually had me balling my eyes out! Great story. Definately a MUST read.
Date published: 2008-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story Stephenie Meyers is a brilliant storyteller. Her stories are written though at a simple level. I don't believe though to have an amazing book you need to have complex vocabulary and other writing tools. You just need to pocess a strong storyline and that's what the Host was. A great read which pulls you in and holds you until the end. No need to love Sci-Fi here.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining As a kid, I was obsessed with the childrens series, "The Animorphs," and reading "The Host" brought back many memories of the series. Although the characters don't do the shape changing in the Host, the same ideas of a very stealthy alien invasion are present. The interactions between the main characters is reminiscent of Meyers previous books (the Twilight series, for Teens), and I felt that she maybe is stuck in a rut of love triangles, since like the Twilight books, the main character is drawn to two very different men, but this time she's got the influence of her Host yelling at her in the back of her head. Well written, but I find that Meyers writing style could still use alot of development.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Soul Above all else, Stephene Meyer is more of a storyteller than a “true author.” Her yarns are spun in the same, slowly churning style you’d expect from an oral history or play. It’s Homer’s Odyssey…Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Not to say that either of those stories are anything like this one, just that the way they’re presented is so similar to The Host. To like this book, you don’t have to be a huge science fiction fan. There is a very “salt of the earth” quality that brings to mind Grapes of Wrath over Star Wars. Still, some suspension of reality is required. The reader must be willing to go on the journey of Meyer’s story, must be more interested in being entertained then being educated. I laughed and cried (it was an emotional few days), and there’s no way I could have lost myself that much without The Host gripping me with multidimensional characters and a layered plot. Still, don’t bother jumping into this if you have a firm dislike of Meyer’s style. (While this and the twilight series have little in common, the writing and direction is mirrored here.) If you’ve read Twilight and thought it wasn’t worth your time, I doubt you’ll have your opinion changed by this one. The reverse, I feel, is also true.
Date published: 2008-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from =) i own all the Twilight Books and The Host. and i had just finished reading the twilgiht saga and once you read it you cannot think of any other that can top it. So it took me a veryy long time to get into the mood to read The Host , but onced i did i could NOT put it down. The quote is right . "A Sci-Fi book for people who don't like Sci-Fi." It is so touching and unbelievably moving. Cannot wait 'till the sequel.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Yet! I don't think Stephenie Meyer has the ability to write an average book, let alone a bad one. This book was even better than the books she's written in the Twilight Saga. I think the book requires a high level of maturity, possibly higher than the level of maturity needed to fully connect with the characters in Twilight. All in all though, it was fantastic and I've been forcing all my friends to read it too!
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Host I know there is abundance of Stephenie Meyer fans out there and for good reason. She does write enjoyable books to read. Two stars means I thought the book was okay. It was an effortless read and it did keep my interest except for a few parts that dragged on. I have read her vampire books and I found the female characters in the vampire books and in "The Host" pretty much fashioned from the same mold. Their only reason for existence is for the men they are in love with. "The Host" is about an alien species that are parasites, that is they can only survive by living within a host. The parasites or "souls" as they are called in the book conquer earth and are living in the humans. The parasites are supposed to take over the humans with no resistance from the humans, but some humans are feistier and their soul exists with the parasite's soul within the human body. The main character is a soul named Wanderer and she is in the human body of Melanie. Melanie is one of the resistant human souls, so she and the Wanderer have interesting conversations within Melanie's human head. I found this to be the most intriguing part of the book. Following the struggle of Melanie and the Wanderer was captivating. The parasites are small ribbon like, silver creatures that attach to the back of the neck and into the nervous system inside the humans; the procedure of implantation is generally performed by healers. Melanie was part of a resistance group, but she gets caught and Wanderer is implanted into Melanie. Over time Melanie's memories of her lover Jared and her brother Jamie are so overwhelming that Wanderer falls in love with them and seeks them out. Wanderer goes native and joins the human resistance group. The story confronts the idea of what it means to respect life and who has the right to life and what price is acceptable to keep the right of life. I will definitely read other Stephenie Meyer books as they are published, but only on a summer day at a beach; they are great reads for those easy going relaxing days.
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'The Host' is Spectacular Stephenie Meyer proves with this novel that she is one of the most remarkable writers of today. Her 'Twilight' series have captured our attention, but 'The Host' proves that she is not a one hit wonder. This novel is beautifully written and she instills hope in her characters, no matter how much pain they endure. Stephenie Meyer has a knack for creating life-like characters, and as a reader, you constantly find yourself wanting them to prevail. I recommend this book to everyone (souls included.) =)
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!! wen i first started reading this book in the begining i was relle confused. but i started reading more and more n i got caught up in it. it was i relle nice book. i luved it. the ending was relle nice 2!!!
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book by Amazing Author Stephanie Meyer seems unable to write a book that you just can't hate. This book is a story of life an death for Host Wanderer and her body Melanie, who won't leave oh so easily. Melanie pushes Wanderer to find her younger brother and the man they both love. This book is suspenseful, passionate and a read that will keep you up all night. In my opinon, it is almost as good as Twilight, with characters that you'll fall in love with! Enjoy
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meyer, Unable to write a bad book. When I started reading the Host, I was having trouble following the storyline but after about the second or third chapters i was as into The Host as i was with Twilight. I stayed up until 3am on a work night just to finish this book. I think it's safe to say that Stepahnie Meyer has yet to write a bad book, the description and the unique storyline's she uses are simply addictive, and once you begin reading one of her books you cannot put it down.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. i thought that this book was awesome. no where near as good as the Twilight series. Nothing can beat Twilight. but still it was amazaing.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed "The Host". It has a good story, although the ending is extremely predictable. It's worth buying and reading, if you loved Stephenie Meyers "Twilight", then you will also like "The Host" :)
Date published: 2008-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Best Book!!! It was awesome, seriously I don't even know how she comes up with this stuff. I mean, her creativity level and imagination is just beyond. That great book came out of one persons head is just amazing! *But a warning!!*beginning is boring unfortunately and you pretty much wont get the book until your on maybe page 200 if your a quick grasper? But for me, after page 260, everything was clear and understood. It was so good, just like twilight.And it is very confusing and at times, you might even want to put it down and give up, but dont. In the end its worth it. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!
Date published: 2008-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Thinker I bought this book because I have read the Twilight series, which I loved, and thought another book by Stephenie Meyer was sure to be a good read. It was a good book, but I did not like it as much as the Twilight series. It took me quite a while to get really into the book, but then once I was I found it a good read. The beginning starts of quite slow so do not be disappointed, I was going to give up on it, but after reading a few of the other reviews that said it picks up I am glad I kept reading. This is a book that really makes you think about life and humankind, and what is most important.
Date published: 2008-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from THE COVER FREAKS ME OUT!!!! WIERD GROSS WHAT I got out of a coma and i got this book as a present and it made me want to go back in a coma!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put down! Definitely a book for someone looking for a sci-fi grounded in reality. Since I enjoy both genres, this was an excellent read. Meyer has you hooked from page 1 and the twists don't stop there.
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the greatest When I finished Twilight, the first thing I did was read it again. I have absolutely no desire to re-read this one. None of the sci-fi elements (e.g. descriptions of other planets) seemed realistic; they were actually quite boring. The plot and characters could have made up for that, but they fell short. The characters were too bland and/or one dimensional to really draw me in (except Jeb, but even he got boring towards the end). The action was so slow, and when stuff finally did happen, only occasionally exciting or moving. The romance scenes were few and far between, and not always believable. And don't even get me started on the terrible ending. I fear for the conclusion of Breaking Dawn. Let's just say I'm glad I got The Host from the library.
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well... I was really excited to read this book when it first came out but was pretty disappointed. It was a great idea for a story but Meyer turned it into the same old romance thing as all the Twilight books. It was just really pradictable. I found all the characters really un-creative and boring. Plus, just like in the Twilight books, the girl can't choose between 2 *perfect* guys...it's the same thing. Gets pretty repetative after a while. Don't get me wrong...I didn't *hate* the book...it was a good read and I loved the idea...I just think Meyer needs to be a bit more creative with the characters. I'm getting tired of hearing about the *perfect guy* all the time...
Date published: 2008-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Spectacular I'm a huge fan of Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series so I was wondering if this book would be just as good. I could not put the book down! It just gripped my attention and would not let go. I love how Stephenie Meyer always puts a huge spin on her novels, and this one was incredibly interesting. Not only that, but the characters were easy to love (or to hate if that was the desired effect). Anyway, read this book! You will not be disappointed, trust me.
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twists unraveled Great twists unraveled in this new Stephanie Meyer Trilogy. The book dexcribes the characters in great detail.Definetly orginal!
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Your Typical Novel- But In A Good Way! Stephenie Meyer has done another wonderful job creating a story filled with action, romance and the ever-elusive, hope. I read it twice within the weekend! I couldn't believe how Wanderer could be such a good "person" and that she could put up with so much of the negativity from us humans. I loved how she still sympathized and loved them anyways. Readers really got to grow with the characters and experience Earth as an invaded planet by souls. The whole book was perfect although I thought the ending was a bit sudden. Does anyone know if there will be a sequel? It kind of seemed that there would be... I hope so. Anyways, can't wait for Breaking Dawn! :)
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alien-Human duality: Great Story Meyer did it again; in a setting that feels like a very near future or another reality, she explores in The Host the theme of "relationship" in a fantastic way. By placing on Earth alien creatures with an altruistic, non-violent nature, the book explores the eternal "Who am I?" question on a whole new level. The duality between Wanderer the alien and Melanie, her host, makes for an excellent reading. It's the characters that are the strenght of the book; their personnalities, the links between them and they way they interact between each other is written in a believable way. It's unfortunate that the book ends on such a predictable "happy ending" note, but if the book is to be the only one (I don't know if there's a sequel planned?), then the conclusion is perfect and answers every important question the reader could probably have.
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable! Once again Stephenie Meyer has blown my mind! I mean how does she even fit IT ALL into 619 pages?? That may seem like a lot to some but its completely the opposite! Its like you have been through the characters whole journey with them And if you look back over all the events that happened once you find the journey is suddenly over you'll find how many different things took place and find it hard to believe how much each character grew from the start. I loved the ending because thats actually want i was hoping for just in the 32th chapter! I just i kinda guessed the ending but that doesn't bother me i was worried about a real bad ending!
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivation of the Mind! Wow, this book is absolutely amazing. At the beginning of the book it is definitely so easy to get distracted. I, myself found it quite boring and uninteresting.. But once you get into the later chapters of this Novel, it absolutely captures your mind.. it makes you never want to put it down! I thought that I might not enjoy the book because they use the term 'alien' sometimes, but it's so much more than that. This novel takes you on an extreme adventure through the many thoughts and ways of working that the human mind has. I hope that there is going to be a sequel to this!! I cannot tell you how much I love this book.. I recommend this to anyone. Give it a chance.. I'm sure you'll love it! Even if you end up not liking it, atleast you're introduced to a type of writing that I find is very original. It's a breath of fresh air.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Book This is a great book. At first i wasnt sure if i would like it but once it got into it it was fantastic. While it was a bit slow in the beginning it was well worth the wait once it picked up.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Exploration of Identity Despite that as The Host opens, worm-like aliens have taken over Earth, The Host is not really science-fiction. Wanderer, an alien, has been inserted into Melanie, a human. The book explores their relationship as they try to co-exist and Wanderer's exploration of who she really wants to be and her desire for a place to belong among the mostly hostile humans she has grown to love.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic....but... I've read all of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, which have all been amazing and The Host is no exception. I found that, although this book was captivating and fast paced, it was somewhat predictable
Date published: 2008-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good but... I mean...I read all of the books Stephenie Meyer has written so far and I love all of her writing style and the Twiligh Series. But I just didn't enjoyed this book as much as her other books. The ending was kind of like a "they lived happily ever after" ending. The characters in this book was not as intense as the Twilight couple, Edward and Bella, I think. But never the less, fans of romance, fantasy, and the twilight series, should read this pager-turner book.
Date published: 2008-06-09

– More About This Product –

The Host: A Novel

by Stephenie Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1152 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 2.5 in

Published: May 6, 2008

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316034118

ISBN - 13: 9780316034111

From the Publisher

The author of theTwilightseries of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

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.

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga andThe 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.