The Host with Bonus Chapter

The Host with Bonus Chapter

by Stephenie Meyer
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The Host with Bonus Chapter by Stephenie Meyer

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 HOSTis a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316043045
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Edition description: With bonus chapter
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 419,272
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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.

Hometown:

Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

December 24, 1973

Place of Birth:

Hartford, Connecticut

Education:

Brigham Young University, Bachelor's in English.

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AnaMardoll More than 1 year ago
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
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
GradInHeels More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
stormie_pe More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Laura1188 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Crysled More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book, I read it within 3 days. I Highly Recommend this book. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. it was very original and creative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Far better than Twilight
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was amazing. I also liked the bonus.
CSims More than 1 year ago
Great idea for the book, just drawn out
Asiyah Ali More than 1 year ago
This book will make you cry but thats the best part.
Chulyata More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!! I recommend it even if you didn't like the twilight series. I had first started listening it to on audio tape but I got super curious and wanted to read the words myself. The movie was good but this book is definitely better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book warped me into it i loveeed it it was amaisisng you had action si fi fantasity romance all crammed in one book i loved it five stars to stephanie myers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luved it, i really wish there was a sequal to the book
Niss More than 1 year ago
I am (young) mother of 3 in my mid-forties and I read all of the Twilight books (to preview for my tween at the time) and I really loved that series. I resisted reading the Host because the idea was so "sci-fi" sounding and that is really not my genre. I was SO WRONG!! This book is amazing - loved it!! The deep characters, the struggle to see both sides of the story - a fabulous read and an excellent love story (stories, actually:) Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rather see the movie first than read the book because then I won't be dissapointed if they didn't follow the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An AWESOME book.!!!! I loved it A M A Z I N G !
DSaff More than 1 year ago
"The Host" is an intriguing story of a human and an alien living in the same body. The aliens insidiously took over the Earth believing they could handle the humans who fought back. These thin, silvery beings called "Souls" want to think they are harmless, non-violent; but taking over a planet by inhabiting the bodies of its inhabitants without consent seems pretty harmful. The human survivors struggle to regain some footing and continue to live. They never thought humans could fight once the alien had taken over, but then they found Wanderer/Melanie. What would happen if the alien and the host became friends? fell in love? were accepted? The book answers those questions and more. This reading was my second attempt at the book. The first time I tried, I couldn't get into the story. This time, however, I was captured by the characters and the story. It is a good read for those who like to stretch their imagination. =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually really liked this book. You have to make it through the first 4 chapters to kind of understand what is going on, so you either hate this book or love it. I was captivated, and I couldn't put the book down. This is a book I will probably read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Meyer did it again, The Host is a unique story about the lives of two women (well one woman and one alien) living in the same body. Aliens have taken over earth and implanted themselves in human bodys, Wanderer or Wanda for short has been implanted into Melanie's body. However Melanie is not giving up like most other humans and Wanda is forced to live with Melanie still in her head. Overtime the two become friends as they search for Melanies love and her little brother. The majority of the story is about Melanie and Wanda's growing friendship and Wanda trying to find acceptance and trust in the human world. The romantic story line is touching and the story ends witht the potential for more books. A great and fun ready that I would recomend to anyone who wants a fun love story.