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The Host : A Novel (Hardcover)

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Emotional Powerhouse

on 1/19/2009

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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th host

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The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take 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. 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.

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Stephenie Meyer, the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight series, delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake, featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies.

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take 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.

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.

From The Critics:
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. - Kirkus Reviews

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316068048
SKU 205535999
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0316068047
Release Date 5/6/2008
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Number of Pages 0619
Publisher Little Brown and Company

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