Author : stephenie meyer
pages [paperback] : 619
memorable quote : You never know how much time you’ll have.
favorite characters : jamie & sunny
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of 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.
While I’m not the biggest fan of Stephenie Meyer’s enormously popular Twilight series, I’m so glad that I gave her other book a chance because the premise sounded so different from what I thought that she might typically write. Introducing aliens meant creating worlds other than our own and introducing different, intriguing cultural ideas that leave the reader thinking and wanting more. I’ve heard that there might eventually be a sequel to this and I’m differently looking forward to that, if it even happens!
The Host is a daunting book. At over six hundred pages it’s one that many people won’t go into on a light whim. For me I finish it in a few days on a reread because I love it! Others might need to convince themselves to get into it. There isn’t much action in the book; most of it is character based and intent on fixating on the setting and world-building. I didn’t mind because I loved learned about Wanda and Melanie simultaneously. Both the humans and the aliens of the book were great characters.
I really hope that there is another book because this book sets up perfectly for a sequel. Love and romance are involved, of course, but not as centrally fixated as one might think judging by Meyer’s previous works. Wanda needs to learn to think for herself and deal with this world that’s so new to her while Melanie is trapped inside of her own body. Both things definitely hamper romantic ideas.
I love The Host! While it is longer than I might have wanted to be, I love the characters, settings, and ideas. I really can’t wait for the movie to come out this March!