The Host: A Novel by Stephenie MeyerThe Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

The Host: A Novel

byStephenie Meyer

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 2011

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOSTis a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
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.
Title:The Host: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 7.5 × 4.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316043044

ISBN - 13:9780316043045


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful This book is amazing and one of my favourites. Absolutely incredible to read for the first time and I still love re-reading it. It is about an alien implanted into a young woman's body, but the girl's mind sticks around so the two end up having to co-inhabit one body. Some say they think the beginning is a bit slow, but personally I think it is the perfect start to the story because you learn about the aliens and what "normal" is for them. You need this beginning to empathize with them, because your relationship with the main character (an alien) depends on it and it preps you to see the humans through her eyes, which is key. Also, the "mundane" start makes the rest of the story so much more powerful, because you know exactly what life was like before all the crazy happened. You can look back on it later and think, "Wow, look how far we've come.". It gives the story more depth. So many great characters with distinct personalities. You love, hate, and fear them; they are all written effectively. The duality of the mind which feeds you information through first person makes for an incredibly unique read and really affects the plot. It functions amazingly as a standalone if you are not one for series, but there is also the possibility of sequel(s), so I cannot help but hope for more. A masterpiece in my opinion and highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Such a good book (much better than the twilight series!). It was unique and it kept my attention, as it was hard to put down. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Definitely found this a much more interesting read than her Twilight series
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed Book and Movie I really enjoyed this and for those who complain about Stephanie Meyer's writing, I think you'll find this is better written than the Twilight Saga (even though I loved it). This book is interesting and creative.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars This was a fascinating read. One of my fabourites.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried my eyes out. The book is so much better than the movie, please read.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mmmm. it was pretty good. When reading the book, I liked the storyline, and how it was different then any book out there, and then I watched the movie, and it extremely disappointed me. Which is why I probably shouldn't compare, but it was still a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh I loved Twilight but i totally hated this novel. It felt like a rip off of twilight but with aliens instead of people. I'll have to give it another shot soon because maybe i'm wrong, i don't know. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is beautiful. A sad and hopeful commentary on the human condition that makes you question what it really means to be a "human".
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MEH Better than twilight but the very end where she admits her new body is underage creeps me out
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing A great book really worth reading. One of my favourites. The movie adaption also does it justice.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read didnt read Twilight because i hated it, but this book really surprised me. Thoroughly enjoyed this and was pleasantly surprised. Hoping for more in this series
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get enough! I was sceptical to read this book because of who the Author is.. But after doing so I couldn't get enough! Wonderful characters and a beautifully written story, it just wasn't possible to put it down. Since reading it awhile back it has become top five of my favourite books for sure!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Interesting concept, well written good group of characters! Worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't let Twilight stop you from reading The Host! Okay, so just forget Twilight ever happened and give The Host a chance. This story is so incredibly different from Twilight that you're actually able to forget it's written by the same Author. The Host is a YA Sci-Fi novel with an interesting concept that is well executed. There are a few discrepancies in the story, but they are not too distracting and can be overlooked. The similarity that this novel has to the Twilight series is the oh-so-subtle "no sex before marriage or a certain age" undertones/morals.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I absolutely adore this book. I've read it so many times already and still can't get enough.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forget about Twilight I know what you're thinking. This is the Twilight lady? And you instantly write the book off. Literally judged by its cover. But give it a chance. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. And I hate twilight. I laughed, I cried (mainly cried); this book was a roller-coaster of emotions. Incredible writing. Humanity doesn't always come in human form.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraterrestrial Possibilities I read this when it came out, I remember that it moved me to tears! I love extraterrestrial possibilities, fiction novels are a wonderful way for the imagination to explore!!! Stephany Meyer is a talented writer, love or hate the Twilight series. I have seen the movie, but always prefer to envision it all for myself. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much longer than it needed to be. Overall a good book. There felt like there was so many filler chapters where nothing much was going on and nothing really added by the chapters either. A neat concept but very much for the YAs.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! Honestly my favourite book of all time - I almost never read the same book more than once but I have read this one five times. It's a little slow at the start due to everything the reader doesn't know about the souls (the second time around, I found it much more interesting), but it really picks up and I literally could not put it down afterwards.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Something different, would recommend
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Odd story line, but loved the book. Definitely worth reading. #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weirdly enjoyable I've read this book a couple times in the years since it came out and although it's definitely not the best book ever written it's weirdly enjoyable
Date published: 2016-12-01

Editorial Reviews

"A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer."-Sherri Hallgren, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette