Author: Stephenie Meyer
Pages: 829 (my paperback)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 6th, 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
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.
Before I will go into the book review, I just wanted to say how much I love this book and that I enjoy reading The Host every year ❤
This book is beautifully written and the characters are well developed. Stephenie did an amazing job with this book, miles apart from the Twilight series (and I loved Twilight a lot). The characters here are strong and real, and my connection with the characters was easily made. I don’t know if Stephenie Meyer will continue this book, but I would certainly love to read anything she will write about these characters and about this story. The host will make you laugh, get angry and cry all throughout the book.
The Host is about alien creatures, tiny ones that take control of a host and by doing so they take over their mind and body. This happens all over the universe until they arrive at earth and the humans fight back.
Melanie will fight to survive and keep her own identity and memories. While Wanderer slowly learns of the human interactions. The humans in this story are very cruel and seek to destroy the ‘souls’ while most of these ‘souls’ are kind and gentle. These souls take the body of the dead host, but Melanie was still there, trapped.
Even the love story between Jared and Wanderer (Wanda ) and Ian, was written well and I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much. What made me read more and connect more to the story, was the conflict between Melanie and Wanderer as they both fight to find their own identity. At the end, Wanda is driven by Melanie’s strong need to find her little brother, Jamie and by her passion towards Jared. There is so much tension in this book, and every time I read this book, more question rise up. I want to know more 🙂
I loved the writing style in the Twilight series as it was very emotional, fun and easy to read but in my opinion, Meyer’s writing style improved so much in this book, miles apart from Twilight.
The Host is a captivating story full of friendships, love, and survival, all bundled up in a beautifully written story. I know a lot of people saw the movie, but just know that the movie is nothing to the book and even if you’re not Meyer’s fan, you should read this book at least once.
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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤