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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.

Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.


This book is outstanding! I absolutely loved it. It made me cry: I was full-on sobbing at the end of this. It is one of the most truly transcendent, uplifting, moving, awe-spiring, and inspiring books I've ever read. To say that this is a book about body snatching aliens says absolutely nothing about why I loved it--in the same way that saying Twilight is a vampire romance does it no justice, but even more so. It's a book about what it means to be human and to love, and not just romantically.

Many people ask which is better--Twilight or the Host. And honestly, there is no answer to that. They are completely different in so many ways that there is no possible comparison.

The Host will grab you--from beggining to end--and keep you reading far into the night and will keep you thinking LONG after you turn the last page and shut its cover. This book really gets you thinking, and might change the way you view things--even love, pain, grief life, and death. It is a thoroughly haunting book, and Melanie/Wanderer's story is one you will never forget.

If you like this, there are so many different types of books that branch off from the Host that I truly cannot recommend any certain book or genre. Also, Meyer has mentioned that a second and third installment will/have been written (the second one is done, the third is not) and she will release information on them if/when they are edited/published.

Grade: A+ 


Yan said...

I LOVED the Host!

prophecygirl said...

I'm so glad you liked it! :D It's an amazing book!

simply nerdy book reviews said...

thats why i gave it a good review :)

Bookworm said...

I'm not a big sci fi fan, but Stephanie sounds amazing. I haven't read any of her books but I have TWILIGHT (I bought it in December) and can't wait to start!

Diana Dang said...

Hm, I keep debating if I should read it or not. Cause honestly, I dislike Twilight very much. But since a lot of people that don't like Twilight said that The Host is good, I'll consider looking into it. =)

(Thanks for the visit at my blog!)

simply nerdy book reviews said...

Diana, it is SO different than twilight. . . they dont even fall under the same category. Or atleast not to me

(your welcome)

Leah :)


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