The book is slow to start. Give it 11 chapters and it will OWN you. There's this race of symbionts (like larger silver millipedes) that can burrow in your body and take over. They are "altruistic" and only do it to "improve" the species. For thousands of years, Wanderer has gone from planet to planet and lived on numerous ones. It's not until she comes to Earth that she begins to second guess their actions. Humans have started to guess something isn't right. The news isn't filled with murder and destruction as much, too many good deeds are happening, and their neighbors are way more neighborly. They fight back. The "souls" as they are called on Earth, can't understand violence. Melanie Stryder is cornered and she opts for suicide instead of capture. Wanderer is given Melanie's body as a host to find out where Melanie's "cell" is. To awaken with the final memory a violent act of suicide is jarring. And that is the beginning of their relationship. You see, not all humans give up their bodies as easily as the bats did on Singing World or the Flowers did on Fire Planet. But as Melanie's memories of her lover Jared are shared with Wanderer, "Wanda" begins to love him too. So what does a "soul" do who's supposed to bring in the human "cell" when she loves one of them? It's a love triangle with two bodies? It is emotionally gripping: Wanda's fears and struggles, Melanie's fight to stay "alive", Jared's struggle to "see" Melanie but know she's only in the background. It goes on and on. Don't be fooled by the YA background of Meyer. She delivers.
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