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The Host: A Novel
by Stephenie Meyer
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PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Release Date2008-05-06 (added to CC 11 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank43
The author of the Twilight series 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.

Member Reviews
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(30 Dec 2016)
Yet another Milf Fantasy simulator. A book made purely to generate money. This time around a proclaimed writer of the most cancerous story to be called a "book" dabs into Science Fiction... as considered by a person who never even bothered to google what Sci-fi is. Again, this is a retarded romance in which kisses magically protect young girls from a parasitic alien take-over.
It is a true joke to call this a sci-fi. This book features a "Planet of the Bears" and "Planet of the flowers". To make matters worse the whole ordeal that MC goes though makes Parasites regret their taking over and start giving back humans their lives. And they lived happily ever after. A book targeted at horny pre-teens and discarded old mothers to live out their pathetic fantasies about pure love that defeats all. Overall, another excrement on literature made popular by a master swindler.
The saying goes "as long as there is sheep to trim..."
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I have heard allot of people say that it is a hard book to start and get into. I read this book twice already and to me it is a great read. I also enjoyed The Host more than the Twilight Saga. This is a book with so much more that love and the idea of sci fi, it is about struggle and sacrifice and learning to live with thing out of your control. Personally I believe that we can learn allot from Melanie and Wanderer.
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This book is absolutely amazing! The narrative being from two beings - the host and the soul - occupying the same body is done extremely well. It is emotional, gripping and romantic. The last chapter, I felt, wasn't entirely needed although it was good to know what happened - I did cry near the end! lol
(8 Sep 2011)
It took me a couple of tries to get into this book, but after sitting down one day determined to read I finally got caught. I agree with most of the other reviews in that it does take some time getting into the book and there are parts that are hard to get through without putting the book down and moving onto something else. Pushing through it though, I did enjoy Meyer's writing non-teen fiction. Look forward to the possibility of more of these types of books from the author.
(11 Jun 2011)
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I tried reading this book several times and could not get into it. I finally did and thought it was ok. I like the idea of the book and the concept but it wasn't for me.
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I really enjoyed this. I wasn't much impressed with the Twilight series, but I kept an open mind while reading The Host. It took me only a few days to finish, and kept me constantly wondering how the book would end. I walked away quite satisfied with my experience.

There are certainly parts I didn't enjoy, found boring, overwritten or ridiculously complex, but those were brief moments. I rather enjoyed an alien story where the invaders are rather altruistic — despite their parasitic nature. It was also interesting to have a story told primarily through the experiences of the alien.

Easy read, but very enjoyable. Some tender mother-type moments and romantic scenes limited to kissing. Mostly adult for violence, and a bit of gore.
Worth the read.
(18 Sep 2010)
(2 Jun 2010)
Boring! Way too much introspection going on with the MCs, it's repetitive and Meyer foreshadows then doesn't follow through with it. I hope she isn't turning this into a series, because it needs to be shortened by half. The concept is interesting. That's the only nice thing I have to say about it.
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(18 Feb 2010)
it takes some time to get into this book, especially if your not into aliens and to understand her names of characters/places and her descriptions. But overall it is a great read... just push through the non interesting parts because it does get better
(3 Feb 2010)
I found Host a more fascinating read than the Twilight series. Host deals more believably with the inner struggle of the main characters. Both characters are strong, selfless, and loveable. They have real depth and I quickly became a supporter of both girls even when their interests conflicted. There is romance, sacrifice, optimism. This book made me laugh, cry, and left me speculative for days afterwards. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for brain food.
(6 Jan 2010)
Having tried to read her first book and failed to rouse sufficient interest I found this little SF story a fascinating and compelling read. I would recomend it to anyone it is Sci Fi story but isn't. It's Speculative Fiction and more. Its sad, it's humorous and an excellent read. The hours will fly by, you'll wonder where they've gone as you read about the continuing conflicts between Wanderer and Melanie. At the end you will yearn to know what comes next/...

Len
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