Synopsis from the back of the book.
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..
When I first picked this up, I wasn’t too sure about it. I had read Stephenie Meyer’s other books; Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Although I enjoyed these previous novels, I’m not the only one that says that some parts dragged on.. and that some of the writing style was far from perfect. I thought this might be the same with The Host, hence my reluctance to read it. In the end, after putting it off by reading some of my other books before, I just went for it, in the hope that I would enjoy the novel better than those previous.
I have to say that I was certainly not disappointed. The story is a little slow to start off with, but you soon become caught up with the characters, and you soon forget the slow start. In this story, an ‘alien race’ of parasites has taken over the planet, using humans as hosts and leaving only a handful of human rebels behind. While the humans fought a good fight, in the end, well, they lost. The main plot follows Wanderer, a soul who has been recently inserted inside a human host. Her host is called Melanie Stryder, and she turns out to be apart of the human resistance. We find out that Melanie had attempted to commit suicide after discovering she was trapped by the alien invaders. She threw herself down an elevator shaft, only to be later healed by ‘The Healers’, and then deemed as a viable host.
Melanie’s presence is known to her new host almost immediately, and the two battle for the upper-hand. Resistant hosts are rare. Needless to say that Wanderer controls the body but Melanie’s thoughts and memories are hard to suppress. Wanderer is to find at report any info that she learns about resistence from the humans, from Melanie. However, Melanie makes it extremely hard for her to do so. Wanderer does know that Melanie left behind two people she loved most: her little brother Jamie and the love of her life, Jared. Wanderer does discover the band of human rebels led by Melanie’s Uncle Jeb and she spends most of the story in captivity with them. She, of course, receives a lot of interest from the human rebels, whether things turn out for her or not, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
The story maintains a nice tension throughout its 625 pages. I worried for the outcome of these characters, which shows that I was caught up in everything they did, with each turn of the page. The epilogue seemed to hint at a sequel, which makes my very intrigued about what will happen next. I’d recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a journey packed with love, tension and emotion.