The Host by Stephanie Meyer

What if the earth were taken over by a total new species of souls that only knew how to love, trust and care for each other? Would the human race as we know it be able to survive? How would planet Earth be different if there were no real human emotions or conflicts of personalities? What about the small pocket of humans who escaped from the new souls? I had heard that Stephanie Meyer had a new book out that had been turned into a movie. Since I like to read a wide range of books, I decided to try the Host.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

I have to be honest. I don’t like scary, weird story lines. When I first started reading The Host: A Novel, I was completely lost. I had no idea what I was getting into. By the time I started to figure it out, I had to read to the end to see how the characters resolved the issues.

Wanderer is a soul that has lived on nine other planets. She is a legend in the world of souls. It is her job to take over the human form of Melanie and find where the remaining humans are hiding. Normally, the soul takes over and resistance from the humans is futile. But Melanie is much stronger than anyone realizes. There becomes a conflict with Wanderer and Melanie. Who will win is a question that is not answered till the very end of the book.

My opinion:

There is no language or sexually offensive content. Stephanie Meyer is able to deliver a well written book and keeps the abstract personalities separate. I did find it a bit confusing a few times at first trying to figure out who was doing the talking – Wanderer or Melanie. But the farther into the book I got, the easier it was to distinguish between the voices.

I really enjoy a book that makes you wait till the last moment to understand how it can be resolved. The Host definitely accomplished that goal.

This is not my favorite genre, but it is an intriguing question. How would I respond if the world was under attack by a silent force?

About 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.

About the Author

stephanie meyerStephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head. “Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write–something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering.” Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

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