The SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestseller - well over ONE MILLION copies in print worldwide.
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes 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.
About the Author
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. She is the author of international bestsellers TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, BREAKING DAWN and THE HOST.
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A very slow start and a little bit confusing but got into it after the first few chapters and couldn't wait for more.
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a "soul" called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Sherri Hallgren
"A brilliant and fascinating premise.... Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer."
Time - Lev Grossman
"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon....The way she manages the reader's curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic....People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there."
Orson Scott Card
"Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon--out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope."
"A fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night, and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word. Stephenie Meyer captures characters and handles story line like a master--a hybrid combination of Stephen King and Isaac Asimov."
USA Today - Carol Memmott
"An epic story of love, family, and loyalty. . . . The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives."
Library Journal - Jane Jorgenson
"The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well."
Entertainment Weekly - Jeff Giles
"Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions. . . . Her affirmative life lesson is disarming."
Jane Jorgenson - Library Journal
Meyer's YA vampire novels (Breaking Dawnwill be out in August) have been touted in the Wall Street Journalas successors to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. And with a fan base that has grown exponentially with each new release, they may not be far off. All of which makes the publication of Meyer's first adult novel even more noteworthy. It lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well. In this page-turner, Meyer explores what happens to relationships when two beings inhabit the same physical body. Earth has been overrun by an alien species called Souls, which invade human bodies and erase personalities. As the novel opens, Melanie Stryder, one of the few human holdouts, has been captured by the aliens and is implanted with a Soul named Wanderer, who is something of a legend among her own kind because of the many hosts and planets she has experienced. Inhabiting a human mind and body is unlike anything Wanderer has ever known, and soon she finds that Melanie isn't quite willing to give up to this invader. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, Wanderer finds herself driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life. As with her vampire novels, Meyer will make new fans of readers "who don't read books with aliens." Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/08.]
The body snatchers are coming, but they just want to talk-to themselves. Meyer, author of the Twilight young-adult series (Eclipse, 2007, etc.) concerning the latter-day adventures of werewolves and vampires, turns inward and cerebral with her debut book for adults. That is to say, her protagonists are no longer throat-rippers; neither is this novel wholly a bodice-ripper, even if it does involve a drippy, kissy-face romance and sometimes strays into the space-gothic genre. The problem for studly young Jared throughout is just who he's kissing, since his beloved, young Melanie Stryder-echoes of The Fellowship of the Ring there-has been swallowed up like poor Smeagol by an extraterrestrial being who turns out to be, well, pretty OK once you get to know him/her/it. Melanie has taken a spill down an elevator shaft while trying to avoid becoming one of the pod people. Fortunately, the aliens have a good health plan, and the great and noble soul called Wanderer finds Melanie's shell to be reasonably capacious and well-appointed enough to serve as a vessel. Yet Melanie hasn't been wholly evicted, and Wanderer and she find themselves locked in an uncomfortable dialog: "I hate you, the voice hissed in my head. `Then maybe you should leave,' I snapped." Wanderer may have lived on six or seven planets-opinion among the ETs varies-and may have "been almost everything," but he/she/it has never taken on a liberated American woman. In time, just as things start to get weird in the sci-fi world, Wanderer and Melanie reach an accommodation-at least of a sort. Who has to wash the dishes? Who gets to do the kissing? ("His tongue twisted with mine, and there was no part of my mind that was not invaded bythe insane desire that possessed me.") Stay tuned, earthlings. A clever premise and competent writing keep this from turning into a pastiche, though after a couple of hundred pages, readers may wish that just one artery would get punctured.
The Host is the most human science fiction story I've ever read Meyer creates powerful and passionate situations that tear at the heartstrings' [Asif!]'The Host is both an intimate, character-driven romance and a thoughtful sci-fi allegory...The Host is the best kind of science fiction -full of thought-provoking ideas and imaginative concepts, and free of technobabble and cardboard characters. Meyer has authored the Twilight series, a hugely popular fantasy trilogy aimed at teenagers. Her first adult novel has been highly anticipated, and it won't disappoint.' [Courier Mail]'Meyer takes the simple alien invasion scenario and imbues it with a series of moral dilemmas A brilliant read with a story that is complete without a sequel, though if one appears I'll be first in line to devour it!' [Good Reading]'Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon?out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope.' [Orson Scott Card, author of The Ender Saga]'A fascinating, passionate, and unique psychological thriller. In The Host, Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase 'being of two minds!' [Katherine Neville, author of The Eight]
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: September 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.505