Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre \ Themes: Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi, Apocalyptic
Date Published: May 6, 2008
Cover Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 619
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Synopsis: 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.
I loved The Host.
I know a lot of people who were turned off by this book, because it was written by Stephenie Meyer, who also wrote the Twilight Saga. I really hate this, because this was entirely different. I think that even if you didn’t like Twilight, you would like this book.
The synopsis makes you think there’s a love triangle, but there isn’t…sort of. It’s…complicated. I honestly don’t know any other way to describe it – it was very unique and I didn’t mind it one bit.
Obviously, your ready for the romance between Melanie and Jared, but there’s another one that I didn’t expect and that I loved even more. I can’t say – because it would spoil quite a lot – but I was rooting for it since I saw the possibility – it was just so perfect.
There was a death in here that, while they didn’t make me cry, I did tear up. I felt like it came at just the right point, and was just very well done.
The ending is something you both expect, and don’t, at the same time. (If that makes any sense at all). It was very tense, and I couldn’t put it down. (Though,. that could be said for the rest of the book too – I read over 500 pages in one day…)
I have a poll below for you to vote if you preferred The Host or Twilight – or both.