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ISBN: 0316026697

ISBN13: 9780316026697

The Host

(Book #1 in the The Host Series)

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Wanderer is a wonder

I still remember the first time I read this book. I couldn't make it through the first few chapters (I was 12 when I first tried), but I gave it a second chance a few years later. Definitely prefer it over the Twilight Saga. Though I haven't read her other work yet, I will say this is her best work. I have reread this many times, and it still invokes such strong feelings in me that it did during that very first read. Even if you disliked the "Twilight saga", I would still recommend giving this a try. Wanderer is an amazingly unique character, and it was such a journey to watch Wanda fall in love with humanity. She is what we all (hopefully) aspire to become. Well done, Miss Meyer. Well done.

Amazing

This book is amazing and even though it was written by Stephanie Meyers it is NOTHING like "Twilight," I promise you. The main protagonist is strong and isn't afraid to fight for what she wants and defend those she loves, the complete opposite of Bella. I strongly urge you to consider reading this book, it is worth the time and money. If you are still reluctant to buy the book or read it after that horrible literary fiasco that was "Twilight" then watch the movie, which doesn't do the book justice but still gives you an idea of how amazing this book is.

Way better than I expected

I seriously was hesitant to buy this with the disaster that was twilight, but this was amazing. It's got a permanent spot on my shelves.

oh yeah!

at first i was skeptical about this book, and it took a few chapters, but then BOOMMM i couldnt let it go!! I LOVEEEE IT!!!! This woman has some amazing tallent! and her imagination is beyond words!!!

Read Reviews for the Hardback version - Great Book

I thoroughly enjoyed The Host. Excellent writing, great sci-fi, even some romance. Fast read in-spite of the size!

Body Snatcher With a Conscience

On the surface, this novel seems to be a redux of the familiar 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' theme: aliens invade earth, taking over the bodies of humans, erasing the original personality and creating a 'new world order'. Yes, it's been done before. However, what Meyer creates in 'The Host' is beyond a simple pod people story: the central character, 'Wanderer', hasn't erased the host body's personality; instead, Melanie, the titular 'host', is still present, tormenting Wanderer with her own thoughts and emotions. When Wanderer can't take full control, she finds herself on a mission to discover whether Melanie's brother and lover are still alive -- and human. What follows is a good character study of two personalities inhabiting the same body; the novel is also a good study of what happens to humans when threatened: some, like Mel's Uncle Jeb, are canny enough to find common ground with Wanderer. Others, like Mel's aunt and cousin, become so consumed with hate that they don't function well unless in a constant state of fury. Wanderer is a sympathetic narrator, wanting 'her' body but also eventually understanding the full impact of her and her species' choice to, in their minds, make things 'better' on earth by eliminating violence and war. One of the good moments illustrating this comes when Wanderer's human companions laugh at an alien television show (it's stilted, emotionless and cheesy) when she finds it touching and completely logical. Of course, there's a romance (well, two to be exact), and enough suspense dealing with Wanderer's eventual fate, to keep the reader guessing. Worth reading.

Do NOT compare to Twilight!

First of all, you can not start reading this book thinking it is Twilight. I've read the reviews and most (if not all) of the 1 and 2 star reviews are comparing this to Twilight! Stephenie creates a fantastic world that is very believable. I read the book through in one day because I just COULD NOT put it down! The characters are very complex, but I had no trouble understanding them. In fact, I felt like I knew exactly how they felt. Jared and Melanie became one of my favorite couples - they are up there with Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and, yes, Edward and Bella. Not very many authors can break away from the "voice" they have found, especially with such a successful series as Twilight is. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover Stephanie Meyer created a completely different voice - different feel, different characters - and still managed to write a TERRIFIC novel!

Sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi

Just like Twilight is a vampire story for people who don't like vampire stories, The Host is a sci-fi novel for people who don't like sci-fi. Ultimately, this is a very human story about love, friendship, loyalty and family. It's moving and unique. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting to like it much. I read the excerpt available on Stephenie's website a few months ago and wasn't overly impressed, but because it's SM and I'm a big fan of the Twilight series I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did! I found the storyline compelling and fascinating from the outset - unlike other readers, I did not find the beginning slow at all (or any part). I thought the entire novel flowed very smoothly. I enjoy quieter moments in stories because those are often when you really get to know the characters and it makes the action sequences more meaningful. Once again, SM has created characters we can relate to and care about. I've read some of the negative reviews and all I can say is that everyone has different taste. I didn't find this story lacking in any way - it's very different from Twilight but in my opinion just as good. In fact, thematically, I think it's better. We have a much stronger herione this time and get to explore a friendship between two women (Melanie/Wanderer). And while Wanderer is peaceful and self-sacrificing, no one could argue that she isn't a very strong herione who chooses to do things because they are right and ethical. For those who thought Bella was such a rotten roll model, Wanderer should make them happy. Even though this is considered an adult book, it's perfectly suitable for teens. I'd say this is Stephenie in her best form. The entire novel from start to finish is well written, though provoking and weaves complex emotions into a fascinating storyline. She has proven herself to be an excellent storyteller (much like Wanderer). Bravo, SM!

The Host Mentions in Our Blog

Published by Bianca Smith • October 30, 2017

Recently we asked you which books you want sequels for. And wow, we were blown away by the volume and strength of replies. Some authors really have some explaining to do. In all, you requested sequels for 129 different books or series.

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