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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 relinuish possession of her mindAs 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 Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 ACE #2


10 thoughts on “The Host

  1. says:

    Okay so I was reading along and thinking all hey this is pretty interesting Not bad Stephenie And then I got to about page 80 or so and OH MY GOD THERE IT IS AGAIN THE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE SAPPINESS OH MY EYES MY EYESI just can't do it CAN'T DO IT AGAIN Not the older man and the younger woman and the 5 page discussion of why they can't have sex yet because NO DEAR YOU'RE JUST NOT READY EVEN THOUGH YOU REALLY WANT IT BECAUSE LOOK YOU'RE A GIRL AND YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONSBUT JARED I LOOOOVE YOU YOU ARE MY SOULMATE BECAUSE WHY? I DON'T KNOW I JUST LOVE YOU MAYBE BECAUSE OF YOUR STRONG JAW AND GOLDEN SKIN AND BLOND HIGHLIGHTS AND LACK OF A PERSONALITY THAT IS PROBABLY IT I LOVE YOU TOO MELANIE AND I WILL PROTECT YOU AND NEVER LET YOU DO ANYTHING EVEN THOUGH YOU ALREADY SAVED YOURSELF AND YOUR BROTHER FROM HORRIBLE ALIENSi think i need to go lie down now


  2. says:

    I originally had not planned on even reading this book because the Twilight series instills much rage within my soul but I was in a dry spell for reading so I decided to give it a try I have to say I really enjoyed it much than the Twilight series I have seen a lot of people complain about how slow the beginning was but I didn’t really notice It sucked me in pretty uickly It was very clearly a Stephenie Meyer book though which did lead to certain amounts of anger and eyes rolling nearly out of my head My biggest complaint with Stephenie Meyer is her romantic plots I feel like I’ve accidentally picked up a Harleuin romance It is super cheesy and super melodramatic It makes my brain hurt Here’s an example “I stared into Jared’s eyes and the strangest thing happened All the melting melding welding that I had just been through was shoved aside into the smallest part of my body the little corner that I took up physically The rest of me yearned toward Jared with the same desperate half crazed hunger I’d felt since the first time I’d seen him here This body barely belonged to me or to Mel—it belonged to him” 595 ARC WHAT First horribly cheesy Second nobody but you owns your body and if you find it romantic to think otherwise that is unhealthy Let’s learn some emotional and physical independenceWhat the hell is up with underage characters and older men? Why could the females not be slightly older? This is supposedly being marketed as an adult book so maybe it’s a bit alienating to make your main characters 16 when she first meets Jared who was 26 then 17 when she was starting in a new body which they thought was younger when Ian is in his mid 20’s I am guessingI’m just glad the romantic interests were not supposed to be seen as perfect They had similar flaws as Edward Jacob but we were not reminded every 20 seconds how easily they dazzled everyone Jared can barely stand Wanderer for most of the book He would kill her easily if it weren’t Mel’s body He is cruel and violent towards her Ian is the first to physically assault her And then in the end he does it again while also being a bit violent toward Sunny Jared Of course Ian ends up pretty near perfect with his perfect understanding and perfect kindness and perfect love But I will accept this because I think that his perfect personality fits with the gentle loving peaceful personality of Wanderer While still cheesy there were bits that were not romance based that were emotionally compelling I felt Wanderer’s fear about what she had to do in the end In the tunnel on the way to Doc for the last time when she asked Jared where everyone slept when it rained my heart ached for her I thought that was a lovely way of noting how much she still really wanted to find out about this world and how much she was going to miss and that life was going to go on without her I know I know we are being emotionally manipulated because if you don’t know how it’s going to end before you even pick it up you haven’t read enough in life But if you put yourself in the character’s place when she has a very clear idea of what is going to happen it’s pretty sad The thing that made me love this is that it is not a romance It is a story about humanity with romance thrown in I like looking at humanity through alien eyes I like learning what it means to be human with Wanderer I like the interactions between Mel and Wanderer I like that Wanderer picked up sarcasm from Mel I love how absolutely confused she initially is by humans She views humans as violent hateful creatures She is confused when they feed and protect her This completely goes against her view of humanityI like how we perceive the humans through her eyes how we get an idea of their motives from her which she is normally wrong about and then we slowly see the change This is seen especially with Doc I enjoyed seeing how Wanderer reacted to humans and how her perception of them changed She goes from being terrified of humans to constantly surprised and confused by how good they end up being to loving them and embracing her own humanity But throughout it she is ashamed of betraying her kind and feels like a traitor She constantly second guesses herself whether it’s in favor of the humans or the souls It’s not until the end when she really accepts that maybe what she does is wrong but if it brings about good then it’s the best thing for her to do I like the uestion of how much of yourself comes from some ethereal personalitysoul and how much comes from your physical body What makes us human? What parts of us do people fall in love with? Are we physical spiritual emotional? It’s a bit cheesy have I said that enough? but I like the idea portrayed when Ian says “It’s not the face but the expressions on it It’s not the voice but what you say It’s not how you look in that body but the things you do with it” p 397 ARC And then we get to see Wanderer in two different bodies which change her a bit We have weak v strong etc When in Mel’s body Wanderer feels a physical longing for Jared but an emotional one for Ian After she is put in a new body she still loves Jared Melanie occasionally seems overly familiar with Ian before remembering who she is Jared stares searchingly and confusedly at Wanderer What makes someone who they are? What part of a person do others connect with? There are a lot of small touches that really pleased me I love how people act and react in this bookI thought it was hilarious when Wes ? said “You may have taken the planet but you’re losing this game” when they were playing soccer That's just funny to me If you can't use humor to cope with the apocalypse you'll never make itA reaction that rings completely true is when after Wanderer walks in on the dissections and is absolutely horrified the guys are confused about why she is so upset when they were sure to cover the bodies so she couldn’t have seen anything However they only covered the human bodies They still see the souls as alien and other which negates understanding and compassionI love what happens in the following bit “’Ah’ the seeker’s familiar voice moaned from the human body ‘Ah’ The room went utterly silent Everyone looked at me as if I were the expert on humans” p 553 ARC Of course that is how they would react when she is the one who knows how to bring the humans back One theme of the book is belonging What makes one belong? Wanderer does not think she belongs in the cave because she is not human Many of the humans agree But she becomes part of the community and her friends who have gotten to know her and thus care about her believe she belongs Jeb never calls her ‘it’ and as the others get to know her they stop doing this Lacey is instantly accepted by many of the humans because she is human or becomes human again But she has a hateful personality and most of the main characters do not like her Jeb refers to her as ‘that creature’ So what makes us belong somewhere? I think the characterization is actually not terribleIan for instance initially comes off as cruel and violent he tries to kill her but he’s just reacting to his world being taken over by beings who want to basically kill all humans We see that he has the capacity to be kind to gain perspective to learn to understand Granted it seemed a bit incongruous to go from Killer to Most Compassionate Loving Person Alive Ever in such a short time but I'll take what I can get from MeyerEven Kyle is developed though it mostly comes up in the end Initially he is just the villain of the story but once Sunny is brought in we see that yeah he is rash and selfish and arrogant and angry but he can be gentle and kind And we don’t see this 180 done on his character where all of a sudden out of the blue he is capable of love We know he had a girlfriend before this all started Someone at some point must have seen some good stuff in him And his grief at losing his world is manifest through anger and violence towards those who destroyed it Sunny looks at him as her protector but he doesn’t jump into a relationship with Sunny He wants Jodi back But through his interactions with Sunny he gains understanding He is confused by her reaction to initially meeting him and is surprised he can be so kind to her He is compassionate when she realizes what is going to happen and is terrified he didn’t realize it would be that hard Once Jodi doesn’t come back he has Sunny put back in her body and he takes care of her But he’s confused by it all; he doesn’t know what he’s doing or how to have a relationship with her As shocked as I am by this Meyer is able to create a character that grows but still remains himself I did have a problem with the ending It’s just too neat and happy While I was amused and pleased that Jared held a knife to Doc to get him to save Wanderer it’s way too pat of an ending Of course you knew it would happen from the beginning but I have to wonder whether it would be a better ending to just let her die She’s lived she’s learned it’s her time to go Life and love go on even in the face of death as Meyer reminds us numerous times Show us how the humans cope how they do on their own once she’s gone Of course she is the main character of the book so maybe allowing her to continue learning how to be human is not such a bad thing And we know how Meyer hates making her characters suffer any type of conseuence


  3. says:

    I must be a masochist Why else would I pick this book up in the first place let alone finish it? And it was so NOT worth it To sum up my impressions of this story WAAAAAHHHHHHH WHYYYYYYY??? This refers to the pointless waste of an entire tropical forest on the printing of this 600 pager in which NOTHING happens I kid you not Well what else did I expect from a woman who created sparkly virgin vampires??? Hanging my head in shame In my defense here is the uote from this trainwreck book Perhaps without the lows the highs could not be reached Maybe I expected the highs just teeny tiny highs after Twilight the sparkly book I don't speak of? This definitely had the aforementioned lows but also a conspicuous absence of highs And it didn't even have the unintentional hilarity of Twilight sparkly series WAAAHHHHHH EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT There will be a movie It IS happening unlike the book in which nothing is Ok it's old news but I am behind on my pop culture The important thing is the movie stills are out And they highlight the very important way in which it differs from Twilight the male love interest is wearing a gasp SHIRT In both pictures Proof Alright enough of the silliness Let's get to business This book COULD HAVE HAD potential The premise can be interesting our planet overtaken by mind controlling centipedes souls it takes people a while to realize that the invasion had happened and the resistance emerges Add to it that the invaders are apparently looking for little than world peace and this has the beginnings of a fun sci fi ish story Alas that didn't happen Our lovely protagonist ladies and gentlemen My vision Let's immediately clarify this sci fi romance as I have seen it described is neither sci fi nor romance Instead we have a watered down story of sometimes angry overprotective men pushing around and ordering around the helpless meek anxious and selfless heroine and occasionally carrying their women around as all men are prone to doing in Ms Meyer's books There is a lot of brooding glaring staring whispering and murmuring was Ms Meyer paid extra for every instance of murmur in the book? It would seem so The narration is weak lazy and overly dramatic The characters are caricatures Pages and pages go by without ANYTHING happening Boring YAWNThis book deserves ZERO stars It is to literature what Gigli was to movies Anyone remember that awfulness? Probably not as I was likely the only sane human who saw it Again masochism Your time is precious; please don't waste it on The Host Do anything else instead like watching paint dry which still would be enjoyable Edited to add in bewilderment This book has a 386 rating on GR Am I reading the same thing as everyone else? Was my copy of this book defective in any way?


  4. says:

    New week New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live throughThe Written Review Body and soul Two different things Wanderer is a parasite Her people are parasites For millions of years they traveled to new planets colonized the species and lived out lives in their hosts' bodies It's about the experience and the journey When Wanderer the soul arrives to Earth she is placed in an adult female host What she doesn't know is that the host is still very much there Melanie the host is desperate She absolutely refuses to let a little thing like being trapped in her own body by an parasitic alien stop her from getting back to her brother And soon Wanderer does not want to go back She's found a home and a human that she wants forever What was it that made this human love so much desirable to me than the love of my own kind? Was itBecause these humans hate with so much fury was the other end of the spectrum that they could love with heart and zeal and fire? I just adore this book I've read it once every 2 3 years and enjoyed it every time This was no exceptionNormally when character who is too good to be true looking at you Wanderer it annoys me Not with this book Wanderer might be nearly perfect but her internal conflict and the external factors ie Melanie other humans provide enough tension to keep her from seeming like a Mary Sue This book is a slow build but it is so worth it to me I love it It's not the face but the expressions on it It's not the voice but what you say It's not how you look in that body but the thing you do with it You are beautiful Ahhh my heart is just a melty puddle of gooAudiobook CommentsRead by Kate Reading I absolutely loved her last name She was an excellent reader This is the first time I listened to it and this was a whole new experience Really pleasant to listen toYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  5. says:

    I really did enjoy this book It is narrated in the same style at the Twilight book in the first person The things that make this book really good are the internal dialogue between the main characters Melanie and Wanda I am told that this did not work too well in the movie but as a book it makes great interesting readingThe story an alien invasion has happen we the humans have lost or have we? The Aliens call themselves Souls; they think it is the closest translation from our language They are parasiticsymbiotic in nature They are inserted into through the back of the neck and attach themselves to our brains and control our bodies They have done this on at least eight other different planets The society seem to have 3 classes Healers their Doctors Seekers their police force and the general populace they are never referred to as then Souls Their occupation seem a seeking of knowledge and experiences that maliciously or ambitious The aliens so not seem to be well armed and do not like violence The Invasion has been of stealth slowly taking over people and their neighbours before any realised Most of the technology seems to have been concentrated on healing and space travelThe reason I ask the uestion is did ne lose is because on all the other planets they have conuered they have never met a species that is a conflicted emotional and diverse all at the same time The other species offered little or no resistance and the aliens were just accepted The Aliens seem to have no personality of their own in their natural states The personalities seem to be the sum of their experiences from previous and current hosts The only real method of telling if some have been taken over is their eyesMelanie is one of the few humans left till she is captured she tries to kill herself rather then submit to being taken over but the aliens heal her body The Soul she is bonded with is called the Wanderer because of all the worlds she has visited but never settled on for than one hosts life time Usually this is it the Soul takes over and replaces the Host with full access to their memories and carries on living their lives Melanie being the fighter she is refuses to go uietly he is presence and voice constantly with the Wanderer As the story goes on we find this is happening and strong will Humans refuse to be giving the aliens' full controlUsing or being led by Melanie Wanderer finds possible the last outpost of pure Humans If she has any hope of surviving Wanderer must make peace with Melanie; then together they must try and convince the humans they mean no harm Both sided must put aside their preconception of the other and try to find common ground This is a great story about the human spirit The language is definitely at a higher level than Twilight probably because Meyer has realises her fans have grown older Meyer's writing style has a good story telling flow to it I enjoyed reading the whole book The only think I would grip about is the lack of action in the book; there was action in the football game and the bonus chapter Alone then in the rest of the book However she was writing for emotional content then action This is an intelligent different story seen through the eyes of both Humans and aliens


  6. says:

    It's no secret that I did not jump on the Twilight bandwagon I put my name on the hold list at the library for The Host however because I wanted to see if Stephenie Meyer had improved in her storytelling I'm happy to say Yes she did To a pointI would like someone tell me what her fascination is with sappy overly dramatic dialogue 17 year old girls and over protective older men who carry them while running? Because there are some definite similarities hereI find it interesting that this novel is pegged for adults where the Twilight novels were pegged young adult as I don't see a great deal of difference except for one main fact Wanda and Melanie are likeable Thank goodness If one of them had shown up as whiny and annoying as Bella I never would have finished the book Well I would have finished it but only to say I told you soWhile I found a lot of similarity to the Twilight novels in her storytelling and in the details over protective older men teenage girls dramatic sappy dialogue etc this was a much better story Far developed than I would have expected It still takes her a long time to get to her main points but I wasn't as bored with this one in the beginning as I was with TwilightI found the storyline fascinating that aliens who invade other planets and take over the species invade earth and take over the human bodies and then live as humans Wanda is one of those aliens a soul who takes over Melanie's body only to find out that Melanie isn't uite ready to give it up This is where Meyer's storytelling has improved She crafted a story where the romance was secondary to the main plot and I think that is why this book is so much better than her earlier attempts She explores the idea of a person's soul or spirit and how an individual is defined as much by that spirit as by their physical bodyI thought her character development was well done I liked these characters I cared about them I don't need to tell you that I never cared about Bella I enjoyed the complexities that the storyline created Wanda was affected by Melanie's memories and feelings and couldn't help but love the man Melanie loved Then when she found herself caring for a different man the conflict is believable The humans have a difficult time accepting Wanda but when they do she truly becomes one of themThe novel ends neatly with hope Predictably there is room for a seuel which I no doubt expectI'd actually re read this book I won't re read the others


  7. says:

    “It’s not the face but the expressions on itIt’s not the voice but what you sayIt’s not how you look in that body but the thing you do with itYou are beautiful” I give this book 5 stars because is just such an amazing book I really really love itAt first sight it looks like it's a book about aliens but in reality it's about the human kind and it's uestioning how much humanity remains in us all It's a book about survival about love so many types of love loving yourself loving the planet you live on loving your family your friends about finding yourself a book about trust friendship and faith It starts kind of slow but as you get through the story you can see how amazing it can be so captivating so entertainingThe main characters are Melanie and Wanda the body and the soul and they take you in a journey not only to find the people they love but to find themselves to understand the reasons to lose everything for love the reason to give your life for the people you can't live without There is enough action to keep you reading but the story is deeper than that it's not about what the characters do but why they do that it's not about whom they love but why they can't resist the feeling it's not about what they say but about what they think This book is all about emotions and reading about how the characters feel in every scene makes the story so real so true you can feel the pain the anger the faith the love the hope it's a carousel of emotions and that is what makes this book so good because it's just so close to your heartIf you are looking for adventure and lots of action and UFOs this is not a book for you but if you are looking for an emotional tear dropping story this might be the one Note You can read my latest review for this book here but only if you've read the book as it contains various spoilersHappy midnight reading This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnightcom Blog EN | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog RO Later Edit 1 Check my 3rd book boyfriend Ian O'Shea


  8. says:

    GAHAAAAGGHSODTODSHTAHAAHOSHDTODSODHTOHDTOHTOSDHTSHHHHHHTHIDSDOIOSHDTOIHThose are accurate phrases fitting descriptions of my reaction at the end of this book Unfortunately those cannot be precisely translated into the English languageHoly Crap HOLY CRAP I can't even process my thoughts to write a review for this This book was so stunning so amazing so crazy good that I can't even describe it XD I'm extremely impressed of Stephenie Meyer This beats Twilight by a long shot; it's SO much better She writes so much better in this book and the complex in depth plot is nothing compared to Twilight's shallow oneThe idea is so cool The characters are awesome and lovable Stephenie Meyer is incredibly skilled with emotion; that's her strongest suit She writes emotion in a way that makes you feel everything the character feels When the character is in pain the reader is in pain too Meyer writes love in a way that makes you love everything and everyone the character loves with a strong passion Even though he was just a character I loved Jamie as strongly as if he was my own brother And I was in love with Ian as strongly as if I was Wanda and he was actually real Stephenie Meyer is a ueen of emotion; I don't think anyone can write it like she canThis was just so much better than Twilight and that was so relieving Even though I enjoyed Twilight it's nice to see that the same author is capable of writing something that isn't shallow in the slightest and writing something so much better than Twilight This book just blew me awayI actually cried at the end In fact I cried several times throughout the book it was so good The funny thing is I didn't cry at the end because of the reason that everyone else cried I cried because what everyone thought was the end of the book WASN'T the end I cried because Meyer changed it from the perfect bittersweet sad ending to a happy dovey ending I wish she made the ending the chapter before the last the one before she skipped pages in the book I'm trying not to spoil things here ;DApparently Meyer is making a second book I kind of wish she wasn't While it would be nice to read the next one I feel like The Host would be best as a stand alone novel and to make it into a series would just ruin it This is a storyline that would best not be continued I don't knowAnyways The Host is a phenomenon and everyone who hasn't read it must go get it now It is an essential read XD


  9. says:

    When it comes to reading books that has a film made about it I tend to watch the film first and then read the book The Host is probably one of my favorite films I absolutely love Max Irons I think he's gorgeous and while I was watching the film I also couldn't help but admire the actor who played Ian I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer she's one of the authors that made me want to start writing but I couldn't possibly be as skilled of a writer than she is She's incredibleI loved the Twilight series but others hated it Team Jacob all the wayI don't really watch science fiction movies other than Alien but I genuinely enjoyed this book It took me awhile to get into it considering I know what happens but I wanted to see the things that are in the book that might not have happened on screen and to be honest I felt that it should have been the other way around I should've read the book first and then watched the film but that's just me I always tend to jump on the bandwagon When I read books I love a heroine that's strong and a bad ass I refuse to read a book that has a weak heroine who let's people walk all over her it actually makes me really angry when that happens People might like that though but for me I love a heroine that can stick up for herself no matter what the situation is and that's why I loved this book and that's why I gave this book 5 stars


  10. says:

    I wanted to like this book than I did to see that Stephenie Meyer can pick a topic not meant for shallow teenage girls and write on a deeper level but I think this book is of the same sans the vampire excitement I liked the idea an alien soul inhibiting the host body of a girl who doesn't want to relinuish her control and the conflicts that arise particularly in romance There are some interesting topics like what defines humanity and are we living worthy enough for the planet we are entrusted The story isn't as page turning as Twilight but mulling nonethelessMy problem with Stephenie Meyer is her characters They seem shallow unbelievable and small variants on her same cookie cutter Her girls in particular are well dumb always jumping to the wrong conclusions never wanting to believe they could be loved Your damsel in distress I am often exasperated by the emotion and stupidity of her female characters I tried to allow for the alien learning curve but when solutions and realizations are painfully obvious to me chapters before they are explored by the characters it creates frustratingly slow plot progression The mold for guys is frustrating because they exhibit none of the characters I am drawn to and even ones I despise They are always big strong forceful verging on the abusive side of controlling with a scary tendency to irrational jealousy and anger They are emotionally immature intense and display their passion with an abnormal display of affection and cheesiness to the women who make them crazy with love I don't trust intensely passionate men I did like Jeb's character but he wasn't a main romantic interest characters so he didn't need to be intenseBecause of this conversations were unrealistic I could not imagine real people speaking this way so the story felt childish at times The cheese is laid on so thickly in parts I could not swallow it This is supposed to be a adult themed book but in many ways I found it less adult enticing and juvenile in tone Her choice of juvenile enticing characters is proof enough that her style is not intended for a truly adult audiencePlus the middle dragged with insignificant humdrum and a lack of good character development There was that could have been explored with a two spiritone body complex And there were holes in this parasite species theory that bothered me I didn't care enough about the story to think about them too much but they were there and made her tale less believable So creative idea but the delivery and details didn't uite hit the markview spoilerWhat I did like in story development was the relationship between Ian and Wanda how slowly and deeply it changed until he could read and understand her better than she could and he could completely differentiate between the two souls hide spoiler