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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 ...

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Overview

Now in the trade paperback edition:
New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book.

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.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

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Stephenie Meyer's first adult novel broke new ground when first published in 2008. Now this gripping fiction about a woman who refuses to relinquish control of her own body arrives in mass market paperback. One critic called it "Survivor crossed with Days of Our Lives"; another, "A vigorous blend of romance and science fiction." Now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book.

<b>Lev Grossman</b> - Time
"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."
Carol Memmott - USA Today
"An epic story of love, family, and loyalty. . . . The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives."
Jeff Giles - Entertainment Weekly
"Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions. . . . Her affirmative life lesson is disarming."
Orson Scott Card
"Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon--out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope."
Ridley Pearson
"A fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night, and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word. Stephenie Meyer captures characters and handles story line like a master--a hybrid combination of Stephen King and Isaac Asimov."
Sherri Hallgren - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer."
From the Publisher
"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."—Lev Grossman, Time

"An epic story of love, family, and loyalty. . . . The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives."—Carol Memmott, USA Today

"Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions. . . . Her affirmative life lesson is disarming."—Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly

"The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well."—Jane Jorgenson, Library Journal

"Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon—out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope."—Orson Scott Card

"A fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night, and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word. Stephenie Meyer captures characters and handles story line like a master—a hybrid combination of Stephen King and Isaac Asimov."
Ridley Pearson

"A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer."—Sherri Hallgren, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lev Grossman
Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there.
Time
Carol Memmott
An epic story of love, family, and loyalty. . . . The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives.
USA Today
Jeff Giles
Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions. . . . Her affirmative life lesson is disarming.
Entertainment Weekly
Jane Jorgenson
The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well.
Library Journal
Sherri Hallgren
A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Publishers Weekly

In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a "soul" called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle or quadrangle?! develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. May

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Library Journal

Meyer's YA vampire novels (Breaking Dawnwill be out in August) have been touted in the Wall Street Journalas successors to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. And with a fan base that has grown exponentially with each new release, they may not be far off. All of which makes the publication of Meyer's first adult novel even more noteworthy. It lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well. In this page-turner, Meyer explores what happens to relationships when two beings inhabit the same physical body. Earth has been overrun by an alien species called Souls, which invade human bodies and erase personalities. As the novel opens, Melanie Stryder, one of the few human holdouts, has been captured by the aliens and is implanted with a Soul named Wanderer, who is something of a legend among her own kind because of the many hosts and planets she has experienced. Inhabiting a human mind and body is unlike anything Wanderer has ever known, and soon she finds that Melanie isn't quite willing to give up to this invader. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, Wanderer finds herself driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life. As with her vampire novels, Meyer will make new fans of readers "who don't read books with aliens." Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/08.]
—Jane Jorgenson

Kirkus Reviews
The body snatchers are coming, but they just want to talk-to themselves. Meyer, author of the Twilight young-adult series Eclipse, 2007, etc. concerning the latter-day adventures of werewolves and vampires, turns inward and cerebral with her debut book for adults. That is to say, her protagonists are no longer throat-rippers; neither is this novel wholly a bodice-ripper, even if it does involve a drippy, kissy-face romance and sometimes strays into the space-gothic genre. The problem for studly young Jared throughout is just who he's kissing, since his beloved, young Melanie Stryder-echoes of The Fellowship of the Ring there-has been swallowed up like poor Smeagol by an extraterrestrial being who turns out to be, well, pretty OK once you get to know him/her/it. Melanie has taken a spill down an elevator shaft while trying to avoid becoming one of the pod people. Fortunately, the aliens have a good health plan, and the great and noble soul called Wanderer finds Melanie's shell to be reasonably capacious and well-appointed enough to serve as a vessel. Yet Melanie hasn't been wholly evicted, and Wanderer and she find themselves locked in an uncomfortable dialog: "I hate you, the voice hissed in my head. ‘Then maybe you should leave,' I snapped." Wanderer may have lived on six or seven planets-opinion among the ETs varies-and may have "been almost everything," but he/she/it has never taken on a liberated American woman. In time, just as things start to get weird in the sci-fi world, Wanderer and Melanie reach an accommodation-at least of a sort. Who has to wash the dishes? Who gets to do the kissing? "His tongue twisted with mine, and there was no part of my mind that was not invaded bythe insane desire that possessed me." Stay tuned, earthlings. A clever premise and competent writing keep this from turning into a pastiche, though after a couple of hundred pages, readers may wish that just one artery would get punctured.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316068055
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Edition description: With bonus chapter
  • Pages: 619
  • Sales rank: 90,595
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.

Biography

According to Stephenie Meyer, the idea for her sensational debut novel, Twilight, came to her in a vividly detailed dream in 2003. Over the course of three months, writing at night when her children were in bed, the young Mormon mother of three developed that dream into the spellbinding story of 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona, to the tiny town of Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a beautiful, mysterious vampire named Edward Cullen. After feverish writing, painstaking editing, and a brief but frustrating round of queries, submissions, and rejections, Meyer finally connected with an editor at Little, Brown who fell in love with the manuscript and signed her to a three-book deal.

Twilight debuted in October, 2005. An immediate sensation, it appeared on several year-end best books lists and earned its author a rabid cult following among teenage girls. Since then, Meyer has continued Bella and Edward's story in bestselling sequels that have proved equally successful. Young readers cannot get enough of these riveting novels -- a captivating blend of vampires, romance, and suspense -- and parents rest easy knowing the books do not contain the graphic language and sexually provocative material that pervades some YA series.

Whether or not the Twilight Saga proves to have "Harry Potter legs" remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Meyer continues writing. She forayed into adult fiction with 2008's The Host, a chilling science fiction tale about the end of humanity, told from the perspective of an alien invader. And she makes it clear the door is open for further installments in her vampire romance. Clearly, this talented author has many more stories to tell.

Good To Know

Here are some fun facts from Stephenie's "unofficial" biography on her website:
"The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen ( + ie = me ). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to google myself now."

" I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan, but no one calls him that—it's not a long story, but it is a stupid one, so I'll skip it), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts. In fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can't recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words.

This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first "hello" to the wedding."

" I am also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that has a huge influence on who I am and my perspective on the world, and therefore what I write (though I have been asked more than once, 'What's a nice Mormon girl like you doing writing about vampires?')."

"I can't write without music, and my biggest muse is the [British rock] band Muse."

A transcript of the dream that inspired Twilight appears in the book as Chapter 13, "Confessions."

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1973
    2. Place of Birth:
      Hartford, Connecticut
    1. Education:
      Brigham Young University, Bachelor's in English.
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The Host
By Stephenie Meyer Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2008 Stephenie Meyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-06804-8



Chapter One

Remembered

I knew it would begin with the end, and the end would look like death to these eyes. I had been warned.

Not these eyes. My eyes. Mine. This was me now. The language I found myself using was odd, but it made sense. Choppy, boxy, blind, and linear. Impossibly crippled in comparison to many I'd used, yet still it managed to find fluidity and expression. Sometimes beauty. My language now. My native tongue.

With the truest instinct of my kind, I'd bound myself securely into the body's center of thought, twined myself inescapably into its every breath and reflex until it was no longer a separate entity. It was me.

Not the body, my body.

I felt the sedation wearing off and lucidity taking its place. I braced myself for the onslaught of the first memory, which would really be the last memory-the last moments this body had experienced, the memory of the end. I had been warned thoroughly of what would happen now. These human emotions would be stronger, more vital than the feelings of any other species I had been. I had tried to prepare myself.

The memory came. And, as I'd been warned, it was not something that could ever be prepared for.

It seared with sharp color and ringing sound. Cold on her skin, pain gripping her limbs,burning them. The taste was fiercely metallic in her mouth. And there was the new sense, the fifth sense I'd never had, that took the particles from the air and transformed them into strange messages and pleasures and warnings in her brain-scents. They were distracting, confusing to me, but not to her memory. The memory had no time for the novelties of smell. The memory was only fear.

Fear locked her in a vise, goading the blunt, clumsy limbs forward but hampering them at the same time. To flee, to run-it was all she could do.

I've failed.

The memory that was not mine was so frighteningly strong and clear that it sliced through my control-overwhelmed the detachment, the knowledge that this was just a memory and not me. Sucked into the hell that was the last minute of her life, I was she, and we were running.

It's so dark. I can't see. I can't see the floor. I can't see my hands stretched out in front of me. I run blind and try to hear the pursuit I can feel behind me, but the pulse is so loud behind my ears it drowns everything else out.

It's cold. It shouldn't matter now, but it hurts. I'm so cold.

The air in her nose was uncomfortable. Bad. A bad smell. For one second, that discomfort pulled me free of the memory. But it was only a second, and then I was dragged in again, and my eyes filled with horrified tears.

I'm lost, we're lost. It's over. They're right behind me now, loud and close. There are so many footsteps! I am alone. I've failed. The Seekers are calling. The sound of their voices twists my stomach. I'm going to be sick. "It's fine, it's fine," one lies, trying to calm me, to slow me. Her voice is disturbed by the effort of her breathing. "Be careful!" another shouts in warning. "Don't hurt yourself," one of them pleads. A deep voice, full of concern. Concern!

Heat shot through my veins, and a violent hatred nearly choked me.

I had never felt such an emotion as this in all my lives. For another second, my revulsion pulled me away from the memory. A high, shrill keening pierced my ears and pulsed in my head. The sound scraped through my airways. There was a weak pain in my throat.

Screaming, my body explained. You're screaming.

I froze in shock, and the sound broke off abruptly.

This was not a memory.

My body-she was thinking! Speaking to me!

But the memory was stronger, in that moment, than my astonishment.

"Please!" they cry. "There is danger ahead!"

The danger is behind! I scream back in my mind. But I see what they mean. A feeble stream of light, coming from who knows where, shines on the end of the hall. It is not the flat wall or the locked door, the dead end I feared and expected. It is a black hole.

An elevator shaft. Abandoned, empty, and condemned, like this building. Once a hiding place, now a tomb.

A surge of relief floods through me as I race forward. There is a way. No way to survive, but perhaps a way to win.

No, no, no! This thought was all mine, and I fought to pull myself away from her, but we were together. And we sprinted for the edge of death.

"Please!" The shouts are more desperate.

I feel like laughing when I know that I am fast enough. I imagine their hands clutching for me just inches behind my back. But I am as fast as I need to be. I don't even pause at the end of the floor. The hole rises up to meet me midstride.

The emptiness swallows me. My legs flail, useless. My hands grip the air, claw through it, searching for anything solid. Cold blows past me like tornado winds.

I hear the thud before I feel it.... The wind is gone.... And then pain is everywhere.... Pain is everything. Make it stop. Not high enough, I whisper to myself through the pain. When will the pain end? When ...?

The blackness swallowed up the agony, and I was weak with gratitude that the memory had come to this most final of conclusions. The blackness took all, and I was free. I took a breath to steady myself, as was this body's habit. My body.

But then the color rushed back, the memory reared up and engulfed me again.

No! I panicked, fearing the cold and the pain and the very fear itself.

But this was not the same memory. This was a memory within a memory-a final memory, like a last gasp of air-yet, somehow, even stronger than the first.

The blackness took all but this: a face.

The face was as alien to me as the faceless serpentine tentacles of my last host body would be to this new body. I'd seen this kind of face in the images I had been given to prepare for this world. It was hard to tell them apart, to see the tiny variations in color and shape that were the only markers of the individual. So much the same, all of them. Noses centered in the middle of the sphere, eyes above and mouths below, ears around the sides. A collection of senses, all but touch, concentrated in one place. Skin over bones, hair growing on the crown and in strange furry lines above the eyes. Some had more fur lower down on the jaw; those were always males. The colors ranged through the brown scale from pale cream to a deep almost-black. Aside from that, how to know one from the other?

This face I would have known among millions.

This face was a hard rectangle, the shape of the bones strong under the skin. In color it was a light golden brown. The hair was just a few shades darker than the skin, except where flaxen streaks lightened it, and it covered only the head and the odd fur stripes above the eyes. The circular irises in the white eyeballs were darker than the hair but, like the hair, flecked with light. There were small lines around the eyes, and her memories told me the lines were from smiling and squinting into sunlight.

I knew nothing of what passed for beauty among these strangers, and yet I knew that this face was beautiful. I wanted to keep looking at it. As soon as I realized this, it disappeared.

Mine, spoke the alien thought that should not have existed.

Again, I was frozen, stunned. There should have been no one here but me. And yet this thought was so strong and so aware!

Impossible. How was she still here? This was me now.

Mine, I rebuked her, the power and authority that belonged to me alone flowing through the word. Everything is mine.

So why am I talking back to her? I wondered as the voices interrupted my thoughts.

Continues...



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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Don't like Twilight? No problem!

    The Host / 978-0-316-12865-0

    I figure it's pretty much impossible at this point to not know who author Stephenie Meyer is - one way or another, you've surely heard of the massively popular "Twilight Saga" by now, and you probably already know whether or not you love or hate the series. For myself, I'll be honest (and probably earn ire saying this, but it's just my opinion) and say that I didn't much care for the characterization and writing in "Twilight". I thought the romance was too heavily focused on, to the detriment of all the (in my opinion) more interesting side plots, and I thought a lot of the characterization seemed a little forced and sometimes shallow. I had heard, however, that "The Host" was very, very good - even for non-Twilight fans - so I decided to check it out.

    I was astonished at the size of this book - the hardcover is 656 pages and weighs an absolute ton. I almost never enjoy books over 400 pages without feeling like heavier editing should have been applied, so I'm fairly shocked to say that I completely loved every page of this book, and never felt like the pacing was too slow or needed to be sped up in any way. The plot premise is fascinating enough - starting "in medias res" after a "Pod People" style invasion of earth - but it's particularly fascinating that Meyer has chosen to tell the story from the point of view of one of the occupying parasites. The characterization here is superb - very in-depth and surprisingly well-revealed through the vehicle of the plot - and it's fascinating to see how sympathetic the narrator is, despite her alien nature. Best of all, I'm impressed at how the love interest starts out as "flawless" but is quickly and thoroughly revealed to be flawless only in the mind of an infatuated young girl - her dream man, as it turns out, is complex, human, and flawed, and therefore a genuinely interesting character.

    "The Host" isn't perfect - the first few chapters are a bit of a muddle and I wasn't really comfortable with the plot and writing rhythm until about the fifth chapter. Not unlike Bella from "Twilight", the protagonist here also gets beaten up a fair bit and carried around enough to qualify as luggage, but the characterization here really *works* for me - it's fascinating to see a protagonist that is an actual, full-blown pacifist, sort of like if Gandhi were a parasitic glowing silver brain-worm. I really can't say if this is the book for everyone, but I *can* say that if the premise grabs you, definitely give this book a try, and I suspect you'll be quickly hooked. It's a rare thing for me to feel like a 650 page novel is so perfectly paced, well-characterized, and realistically driven as "The Host" is. Although I originally checked this out from the library, I will be buying a copy to add to my collection.

    A word about the audiobook for this novel: I particularly like the narration provided here. The voice actress adds a lot of realistic inflection to her voice to convey the protagonist's struggle with her new, unfamiliar emotions. The interactions between "soul" and "host" are surprisingly well done without being gimmicky, and it's easy to tell which character is talking, even when they share the same voice (both in our world and in the book setting). If you're a fan of audiobooks, and especially if you're a little daunted by the 600+ page commitment, I de

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Love it!

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    80 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    My Favorite Book Will Read Over And Over Again!

    From the moment I finished this book I knew it had become my favorite. The story holds every kind of emotion. Everything from Humor to Misery can be found through the eyes of the first person narrative of the main character and lost soul Wanda. Some of the experiences that Wanda has made me laugh out loud, cry till the pages had splotches, and wish and question how the story can work out with every character getting to be happy. I have sugested this book to so many of my friends and family. This story has a way of pulling the reader in preventing them from putting the book down. I sincerly hope that Stephenie Meyer will continue on with this story with a sequel or make the book into a series. I would recommend The Host to anyone who wants a great book with adventure, humor, and a great love story.

    63 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

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    Pretty Good Book!

    After reading the reviews for this book, I decided to give it a shot.
    The first few chapters were a little slow, but after that I breezed right through it. This is not your typical alien abduction book. This book has heart and soul, it really makes you think about our human race.

    55 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Still Searching...

    I am still to this date searching for a book that can measure up to The Host. I've read over 500 books (my bank acount can prove it!) and not one of them is as enthralling to me as The Host was, and still is today. I've read it over 20 times and I cry, laugh, and LOVE every minute of it every time!

    46 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    It's Hard to be friends when I'm living inside your body

    Wow. The Host is much better than Twilight. The main female characters Mel and Wanderer are more realistic and likable than Bella ever was. The only similarity being an annoying martyr complex which was actually relevant to the plot this time. The relationship dynamics among the characters both romantic and platonic are so weirdly wonderful. Oddly enough once again I found myself not finding Jared, the main love interest, appealing at all; much like I did not like Edward. Hmmm. Ian, the secondary love interest and another character who, like Jacob, was not supposed to be very important overall, I liked. Mrs. Meyers might have some kind of formula going but it has worked for me so far. The way the free humans live in some paranoid old guys hideaway while scrounging through the new Stepford civilization could be a story on its own. Also interesting are the stories of Wanderer's other lives. Like Uncle Jeb, I would love to hear how the souls get their off the wall names. The Host is great as a stand alone but if she does continue it there is plenty that can be expanded on.

    37 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    I want my time back.

    After reading her Twilight series (another poorly written series, but at least vaguely enjoyable), I decided to pick up this book as something to read cross-country on the plane. I try to give every book I read a chance, and my love for science fiction put me in a positive frame of mind to start reading.

    The characters are all flat, the actual plot is weak and full of holes, and I struggled to just finish the book. I couldn't warrant spending that kind of money on a hardback just to throw it down in disgust half way through.

    If you're on the fence about reading this book, then run the other way and don't look back. If you like mindless drivel, then this book won't disappoint you. Don't come looking this way for anything with one iota of intelligence. This is a perfect, mindless, rainy-day, time-wasting book.

    34 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    The host

    This book was something else. Since ive read the twilight series and The Host, id say The Host won by a long shot. Love, action,fear this book will keep you reading all day. I recommend it strongly.

    29 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Couldn't get through it!

    Tried several times to get through it but couldn't get further than halfway. The idea of the story was very interesting but the way it was written ruined it. Overly descriptive and long winded.

    28 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    Awesome Book

    I don't know how Stephanie does it but her characters really come alive. The idea of the Host seems a bit Sci-Fi, out there, but really the story comes together and draws you in. I love her writing style and descriptions. I really connected with the characters and you see how they grow yet stay true to who they are. I balled my eyes out during parts of the book. Very good book; great story.

    28 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Hi

    First of all, I want to say that I am only 13 years old, just a few months shy of 14, and I absolutely loved and understood this book. The way Stephanie Meyer write this book is absolutely great and I was so hooked on this book that I finished this book in two days, and if you subtracted the hours I was asleep and not reading the Host it would probably be less than 24 hours ( as I am a fast reader ). The way Wanderer/Melanie had expressed her emotions just helped me understand what she ( they ? ) were going through, how Wanderer accepted that the person she loved, loved the body she was in, but not her. Yes, she was anle to find someone that did love her for being Wanderer. Amazing book, I would read it again anytime, I strongly advise everyone to read the Host.

    21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    unexpectedly brilliant

    When I began reading THE HOST, I was like, "no way can the same author have 2 hits in a row," but I was proven wrong immediately. it took me forever to quit thinking that Melanie and Jared were Bella and Edward. I kept having to tell myself, same author, DIFFERENT BOOK!!! The romance/connection between the two, Melanie and Jared, was phenomenal. I loved every minute of it. From page 1 you are immediately sucked in to it. Great, great, GREAT read!!! Stephanie Meyer has done it again!

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    I truly believe that the people who like this book...do not read

    I truly believe that the people who like this book...do not read very many books. If you care even a little bit about character depth, plot development, quality writing, or any of those other &quot;silly story elements,&quot; you won't like this book. I bought it to see if perhaps Stephanie Meyer was actually dumbing down her writing in the Twilight series. But, no, she really is just THAT bad of a writer. I have never put down a book without finishing. With this in mind, it took me 2 months to get through this book. AWFUL. How sad that Stephanie Meyer makes so much money on this book (and the upcoming movie) to add on to her millions from the god awful Twilight series, when so many actual writers go unnoticed. Please do not contribute to this. There is a reason this book is on clearance, and it is not even worth the $5 it costs.

    17 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    O.K

    Far better than Twilight

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Totally stupid

    Too dumb to waste time reading this, believe me. I had a better time sorting laundry.

    16 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Hate Hate Hated this Book!

    The protagonist is literally a parasite bent on exterminating every sentient being it comes into contact with. I finished the darned thing and threw in on the floor, exasperated that I wasted so much time on such an unlikeable, hypocritical character. I kept wanting to slap Wanderer (the parasite) as she whined about how afraid she was of the violent non-brain wiped humans! This from a being that perpetuates the ultimate abomination - the extinguishment of a sentient individual's mind! Melanie (the human Wanderer has invaded) wasn't much better. When Wanderer tells Melanie that humans don't deserve to exist after finding a pre-invasion paper listing the terrible things people do to each other, Melanie's only response is that not all people are bad! What, literally oblitering another sentient being just so you can have "a chance at new experiences" isn't the most evil and peverse raison d'etre ever? Many reviewers have said they found the Wanderer/Wanda character self-sacrificing and noble as she struggles with the overwhelming urge to become more human as well as wishing to give Melanie back her body. I could never get over my initial revulsion at the idea of a parasite taking over a mind and body to care about Wanderer/Wanda at all. I think that is what is most chilling about how evil the "Souls" are - they have no compelling or urgent need to take over humans, no planetery crisis, no fear of humans as an eventual threat to their own species: they do it just for fun! Don't waste your time or money on this book.

    16 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    THE BOOK YOU DON'T WANT TO EVER END!

    This is a very well written book. I have read the Twilight series from Stephanie which was very good. (Obviously as we all can see the sale records) I don't want to give anything away about the story line thin but it is similar to Twilight in that it deals with the relationships of humans and non-humans (alien souls) with a love story thrown in. The story is so riveting that you don't want to stop reading. The story has a great ending yet when I finished I was sad because it was such a great story I wanted to keep reading more. The ending definitely leaves an opening for a follow up book if Stephanie wanted to which I hope she does. This is a great read!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Not worth your time..trust me

    This was very dumb and not worth the money. It was definetly not one of her greatest works. Ps.. vampires dont frickn sparkle. Sorry, twilight chiks who are obssesed, i had to just put that out there.

    15 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really liked this book. it was very original and creative

    I really liked this book. it was very original and creative

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    A Must Read

    I LOVE this book, I read it within 3 days.
    I Highly Recommend this book.
    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!! :D

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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