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
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.
I was a little disappointed by this book. It was very hard to get into. I kept falling asleep. :)
Once I got into the story it got better but it wasn't my favorite. I did like the narrator.
"The Host" was a very interesting book, and I liked the point of view it took and the idea of the story. I believed it had some very slow moments in the middle of the book. I knew where the book was going to go in most circumstances and the author stretched it out and it kinda dragged along. I thought the book could have been better if there was just a bit more action in it, and a little more suspense. Overall, it was worth listening to I believe, and I even learned some about the human mind and psyche. When I finished listening I felt myself more in tuned with my thoughts^^.
I loved this book! I was wary, was it going to be too far out there? But it wasn't. Stephanie Meyers has a way of making aliens (and vampires) so human and so engaging. If you like the Twilight books then try "The Host" it has the same magic for drawing the reader in and then leaving the reader disappointed when it's all done, and there's no more to listen too. I'm hoping for a sequel.
I purchased this book with great expectations. I was disappointed by its predictability and teenage love triangle (parallelogram?). The literay device is cleaver: an alien is surgically implanted into the neck of a human "host" where it coils it's tendrils into hundreds of descrete neuro-connections. Cleaver image too, a reflective silver tell-tale sign around the pupil-iris border. Unfortunately, that's where the science, the fiction, and even the plot reallly stop. There is a plot, but the path is predictable very early on. What's worse is that the author is very wordy. It is as if, like Dickens, she is being paid by the word. Her words weave the drama between a group of people that are dimensionless, without history, and without desire except one. Love plays a central role here, but an idealized, pre-teen, never-been-kissed love. Love that only rises to (and is only challenged by) a kiss. Worse still, the justification of said love is based on "retained memories," not any character development that the author provides. Flat characters in an empty drama. It was like "Lord of the Flies" without conflict (or character development, or plot... OK it was nothing like "Lord of the Flies"). I wish there had been more development of the aliens, the lead characters, the plot, anything to help make a story except the repetitive lament of the lead character, "Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared! Oh, Jared!" Please. Take a valium and call me when you write adult books. This book is not recommended for anyone except a pre-teen or early teen girl. Definetely not worth 2 credits.
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