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.
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.
©2008 Stephenie Meyer; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
I went into this book without many expectations. I have never gotten into sci-fi stories before but thought "what the hell?" I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised. Even though I was told Stephenie was writing this for a more adult audience than the Twilight Series I still felt the story was a little young. The story line was somewhat predictable. But it was still a good story and well told. It kept my interest until the end.
I'm glad I stuck it out to the end. It had me tearing up and wishing for a sequel by the end. My only complaint about the narration is that all her young male characters all sound like charter members of AARP which I found very distracting.
After reading the Twilight series with my children they were so excited to get The Host for our next big road trip. I, however, was left wanting a bit with Twilight as it was a good series but just a 'good for kids' series. So, it was with a little hesitation that I pushed 'Play' and began our trip. Soon I was pleasantly being drawn into a very interesting novel that was challenging as it was written in the first person which, in itself, was enough to keep my initial attention peaked. But it wasn't only the orientation of the writing that was good, it also had great character development and plot lines that were well thought through and dripping with interesting details. One of those, 'couldn't get enough of it' books that I thoroughly enjoyed and was pleasantly surprised to find that, rather than continue with the vampire/monster craze, took a nice dramatic twist into a very deep adult novel with a cool sci-fi twist. Great book and narration was flawless!
Was prepared to hate this. Have no interest in the twilight saga but thought I would give this a go.
Very pleasantly surprised. Interesting story, well read.
Development of characters brings them to life. You feel what is in their hearts and minds. captivating plot.
This is one of the rare books that I might read (listen) a second time.
Superb study in human nature. Fascinating. Enjoyed every minute of the book and wish it could have gone on for another 20 hours.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really do feel it's her best work yet. A bit long in the beginning but most of Meyer's books are so; but well worth it. The narrator was PERFECT for this book and I would recommend this audio book to anyone, it does make you think.
I am almost to the end of the book and it had turned out to be very good. There are parts that have been very slow for me but the story is very interesting. I like the fact that the humans there are fighting back; they have not given hope. I am conflicted with the main character of the story and how I feel about her but so does she. If you are into sci fi (hey, you wouldn't be reading this otherwise) listen to this book.
It's really interesting story line. Very creative and tugs at your morals. You find yourself on a side you'd not expect to be. I recommend it, but be warned it's loooong... however, the reader is very enthusiastic and keeps your attention.
Meyer takes the story of an alien invasion and presents it from the alien's POV and then some. You'll probably be turned off by the stiff narration in the beginning but give it a chance; there's a reason for it. My only annoyance is the character of the "soul". Meyer's premise is that a "soul" cannot be unkind, hence a maddeningly meek character but the story undermines this premise by the alien's basic plan.
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