The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Title of book: The Host

Name of author: Stephenie Meyer


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 ared, 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.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

Before I continue, I want to make it very clear that I enjoyed this book, despite the frankly scary reviews I have read elsewhere, I am staking my ‘I like’ claim, it was a great book. When I started reading it, I had visions of it being like ‘Twilight’, there was the same style of writing (obviously), its written in the first person, in this case, Wanderer , the soul as they are known who has taken over Melanie Stryker’s body.

‘The Host’ tells the story of the secret invasion of Earth, the souls arrive and slowly but surely
take over by implanting souls into human beings.

The story is interesting, I liked the idea of the souls taking over the earth, truly believing what they were doing, is for the greater good but as you read, you find out maybe it was not and Wanderer finds that out too, which is an important part of the story.

Wanderer is a wonderful character, she really is, because she is a soul, she knows nothing of violence, et, she just wants to give and help, as all the souls do but even though as much as they want to help, they fail to see the good in humans, all the see are their flaws.

For the first time in a long time, Wanderer finds a home, love, the last remaining family of Melanie and the human survivors. Melanie/Wanderer is willing to risk it all to save others.

I enjoyed ‘The Host’ because it was about the good in people, all people. not just the souls but humans.

‘The Host’ is not just a sci-fi book, its more than that I felt, Stephenie Meyer creates an amazing character in Wanderer, a character you genuinely care for.

The only downside I found, was Jared, Melanie’s partner, who refuses to accept Wanderer or what Wanderer says but eventually he does but I just it was all for his own gain, which of course, highlighted another human trait which the souls felt had to be taken away.

Read ‘The Host’ with an open mind, you will thank me for it.

Rating 10/10

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