Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Host

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Adult – Fiction/Romance/Sci-Fi
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Age Range: Adult
Pages:  619
Date Scoot Read: 2008 & Oct 2010
: Hardback & Audiobook

Scoot's Rating
: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 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.

Scoot’s Review:
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I read (or listen) to this book I enjoy it every time.  I love this story.  It is a great blend of romance, suspense, familial bonding, survival and light sci-fi.  Basically a dystopian, this novel is set in present day United States after aliens have invaded – and won.  All that is left of humanity are the bodies being controlled by Souls and a few lonely rebel humans.  Melanie is one such rebel, but during a frantic attempt to rescue another human she too is captured and implanted with a Soul.  Wanderer is a Soul who could never settle in one place; hopping from world to world she has never found a home where she would want to stay long term.  Wanderer and Melanie’s lives collide in a spiraling affect that changes everything for both of them, and those around them.  Two minds and one body make life complicated as both Melanie and Wanderer struggle to survive.  I love the relationships in this book; familial and romantic.  The pace is wonderful, just when you think things are ok – something happens and you are right back on the edge of your seat.  The Host is a great read that I highly recommend.


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Yay! I bought this book earlier this year and haven't had a chance to read it yet -- I've been on planes traveling to meetings way too much of late, and I can't really fathom lugging this thick hardcover onto my flight!! I'l be reading it soon!

Jennifer said...

I also loved this book.

But I have a warning for people. Even if you don't love it in the first 100 pages keep reading.

I found the beginning a bit slow. I wasn't sure where it was going or if i'd like it. But I had read the warning i gave above. So i kept reading. And boy am i happy i did. I loved this book.


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