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

The Host: A Novel

byStephenie Meyer

Paperback | January 8, 2013

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The phenomenal #1 bestseller is now a major motion picture: "Startling and addictive. . . . An epic story of love, family, and loyalty." -USA Today
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie--reluctant allies--set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
THE HOST movie opens in theaters on March 29, 2013.
Stephenie Meyer is the author of theThe Chemist,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:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316218502

ISBN - 13:9780316218504


Rated 2 out of 5 by from A step up from the Twilight series, I think? I hated the Twilight series with a passion, but I read this because I am a glutton for punishment and it actually wasn't too bad. I liked the descriptions of the people and the little civilization that they built. My biggest problem with this book is that it's such an obvious, huge, blatant rip off of the Animorphs series that I read as a child. That makes the whole thing feel rather sleazy.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not something I'll ever read again I found the beginning of this book to be REALLY slow, and unfortunately even after that point I couldn't bring myself to get into it... personally I wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good So I read this book after seeing the movie and was really good. Can be long in some parts but well explained. Was expecting a sequal but none so fare. Original idea on the aliens invading earth and all but again I'm not really into triangles.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better than Twilight, but still misses the mark The Host has an interesting concept, but fails to be more than a (decent but) forgettable read. It's rife with purple prose and contrived romances, and the crawling story carries on a hundred pages or so longer than necessary. The male characters are all unlikeable, which makes rooting for any couple Meyer presents impossible. Wanda and Melanie deserved better, and so did I.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this one more then Twilight... ...which is weird for me to say that since stories about Aliens are not normally my favorite thing. The aliens reminded me a lot of Animorphs in a weird way (a childrens book series).
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow, But Beautiful As a huge science fiction/fantasy/horror nerd myself, 'The Host' introduces readers to Wanderer--an alien parasite--inside the mind of Melanie. This is a story about 'what is it mean to be human.' Unfortunately (in my personal opinion), 'The Host' is not my kind of book. The pacing is very slow. However, this book has an amazing love story on how Wanderer learns about the human condition and learning about human emotion. 'The Host' is a Sci-fi story, but "it's a science fiction story for people who don't like science fiction." It's slow, but after throughout the's beautiful
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't even finish it Just like Twilight, this book has awful purple prose, characters and writing overall. There's no action, and a horrid romance.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT STORY - A SOBBER FOR SURE I liked the Twilight series. If you didn't, do not judge this book by those books. Quite different. I've read it several times and have sobbed each time. The movie was not up to par of the book.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It's no secret that I did not jump on the Twilight bandwagon. I put my name on the hold list at the library for The Host, however, because I wanted to see if Stephenie Meyer had improved in her storytelling. I'm happy to say, "Yes, she did. To a point." I would like someone tell me what her fascination is with sappy, overly dramatic dialogue, 17-year old girls and over-protective older men who carry them while running? Because there are some definite similarities here.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Host I really enjoyed this novel. I had watched the movie quite a few years ago, and I thought the entire plot was very intriguing. I really enjoyed Melanie and Wanda, that they turned into not only best friends but family. The reason this novel isn't a 5 star for me is because this novel was so long, and I felt like a lot could have been cut out from it. But after saying that as well I'm glad it was there because this world is so fascinating and interesting! I already knew basically what happened because of the movie, but the ending still slayed me. I was ugly crying, hyperventilating. I really adore the fact that this novel is really more about what it's like to be human. How we take for granted basically everything. This novel is about our emotions, and how yes we are a violent species. I love the love square throughout this novel. It was very interesting, and ah it was the best! And so complicated, it made the novel very fun. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone because it's pretty phenomenal and I think there is something to be learned from the content.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Host I loved this, smart, creative, and emotional. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Captivating Novel Despite The Lack Of Action This was a wonderful novel, despite the fact that is was a mere retelling of daily, mundane life. Okay, sort of mundane life. There was some action, but generally it was recounting the day-to-day happenings of the main character, which was surprisingly not boring. For a Young Adult book, it is a change of pace, and I think that's what I liked about it. Kept me hooked from the beginning to the end, and I would love it if she were to write a sequel.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I liked the twilight series but when I got a hold of The Host I couldn't put it down. The love Triangles that Stephenie Meyers creates draw you right in!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time favourite I borrowed the book from the library and after reading it 5 times, I had to get my own copy. I love this book so much, it never gets old.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh This book was all right. Better than twilight by a mile, but still pretty average overall. Very quick read because of the simple writing style Meyer uses, though.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Host I didn't enjoy this as much as Twilight, but I still love love triangles.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this more than Twilight. I hope a second book comes out!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Stephenie Meyer... I think she is a terrific story teller but not the greatest writer of all time, although she has gotten better over time. There were times in this book (and her others) where I was nauseated by the excessive romance. However I do love a good romance story and this is one of them. Melanie is definitely like-able and not perfect. Her concern for her brother is very moving and there were several interesting characters throughout.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great read! World Building: amazing /Characters: great /Romance: YAS /Pace: good /Feels: yes /Able to put down: nope /Worth the read: FORE SURE
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW World Building: fantastic! /Characters: ok /Romance: YESSSS /Pace: some parts were slow... /Feels: for sure /Able to put down: only sometimes because the book is long it rally goes into details /Worth the read: oh yes
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Overall, this book was pretty decent. It took me awhile to get into it, so I wasn't too impressed for most of it. I found it difficult to understand the concept of what was happening the first time I read it. However, I understood it better the second time around. It also seemed pretty long-winded for a single book with a pretty basic plot. I wasn't too sure about what the actual point of the novel was, as there is no clear climax that I can remember.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love so good. its sucks they left so much out of the movie. this book reminds me of the saying dont judge a book by its cover
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie. THIS IS A MUST READ, so much were left out in the movie.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Stephanie Meyer is not a great writer but she does know how to tell a very good story. I loved the Twilight stories and was looking forward to what she would write next. Maybe it says something about me that I can accept vampires but not aliens who take over our minds, but I wasn't really taken with this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read! Very good read, an interesting and unique story... very different than twilight...engaging. loved the movie too!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Not a huge fan of twilight but I decided to give this book a chance and I am so glad I did. It was so well written. Great plot. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Surprisingly good, really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ! I adored this book ! When I first bought this (around the same time that the first Twilight movie had just come out), the woman at the book store had told me that a lot of people were buying and returning this book because it "wasn't Twilight"....but that's the point. I gave this book a chance and I'm so glad that I did because it still is one of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start but worth the read It's a very big book. The first part is a little hard to get through but it picks up a lot in the second half.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! This was a great read! I read it after watching the movie and i must say the movie doesn't do the book justice! Even better than the movie basically:)
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I did not like the "other" books that Meyer wrote... but I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer Creative plot idea, but it could have been so much more if she had explored the conflicts between Melanie and Wanda more thoroughly and left a morally obvious choice without a happy ending. Then it would have been a book for adults. The book was too shallow and slow enough that I probably wouldn't read it again.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I really enjoyed the concept of this book. Taking an alien race and introducing them forcibly into society they way they were. Naturally when you have an oppressing force you need some kind of resistance. Again, was an interesting way of introducing that. Different ideas and was like nothing I'd ever read before
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! Was not able to put this book down! It was absolutely amazing;) Kudos to Stephanie Meyer
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Anyone who doesn't like Stephanie Meyer should read this book. Is is very well done.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Anyone who doesn;t like Stephanie Meyer should read this book. It is well done on so many levels.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better It was an interesting plot for sure and a good read. The movie lost a lot of details i felt which may have made it better but still a good book id say
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I would highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! You really cannot judge an author by a movie. Stephanie Meyer has written GOLD in all of her books and she is one of my favorite authors yet. The story in this book can relate to real life almost by being judged for who you are. Fantastic story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book is a good example of dont judge a book by its cover. its a beautiful love story
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good plot! Something different, really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story! Ian O'Shea will forever be one of my absolute favorites. And I love the whole concept of this story and the depth.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read good book, kept me interested through the whole thing.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Longest book Normally, I can read a book in week. I found the book took to long time to get to the point. I had to force myself to finish it.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down I am so intrigued by how they become friends while sharing one body
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Heard of the movie first, and watched it cause of the main actress, then i read the book.Would recommend the book over the movie though.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Book I know a lot of people who gave up on this because the first 12 chapters are very sci-fi heavy but if you keep reading you won't be disappointed. I really enjoyed this book, I love the characters and the sci-fi elements are really cool.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book This was one of my favourite books to read. Really liked the plot and was well written.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars I would argue that this is Stephenie Meyer's best book so far (and yes, I've read The Chemist.) The Host has everything: incredible world-building, an enthralling plot, and likable/fascinating characters. Didn't like Twilight? You should still read this book! I'm honestly surprised it was written by Stephenie Meyer. The romance won't make you sick and the heroine isn't some weak, simpering idiot.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I did not expect to like this book. Following Twilight I just didn't think it could keep me as interested. However, I think I may have even liked it more then Twilight... so good! Fingers crossed for a sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Original I loved The Host, I literally could not put it down. It had a slow beginning but once she found the humans I was sucked in. I can see my self reading this again and again!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing but a slow start When I started reading this it took me a while to push through the beggining, once I pushed through it the book was AMAZING, Stephanie Meyer knows how to write an amazing love story.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I thought this was an excellent book. A unique storyline. Completely different from Stephanie Meyer's other books but just as good!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good This book is a slow start and you have to push through but after you do it gets amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I am sure you will like this if you love books with romance, adventure and some thrill in it.... not for younger teens though as the plot is very unusual (as it talks about outer beings and lifeforms)... still recommend this for a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I read this book a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I cried during the movie after it came out because I remembered how emotional the scene was when I read it in the book.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 1/2 stars I am not going to lie, this book is great, BUT SOME OF IT IS SO BORING I ALMOST THREW IT ACROSS THE ROOM. I found the book hard to get through, mostly at the part when it was just Wanderer and Melanie talking. Basically, you need a lot of patience to get through this book, although the idea and writing is great. I definitely recommend this book to fans of books like Lux or Shadow Falls.
Date published: 2016-04-17