March 7, 2011

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Summary: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

My Take: I was excited to hear that they are making a movie. I will love to see it!

The beginning of the book took a little time for me to get into the book. Abut about 60 or 100 pages in, the story come alive and I kept wanting more.

Wanda is an alien sent to be a host in the body of a human named Melanie. While other humans are completely lost when the alien takes over their body, Melanie remains alive in the back of her mind. At first she cuts off all information of herself from Wanderer "Wanda" but when they start to bond, she slowly releases memories of her past. Wanda falls in love with her memories and instead of helping her own kind, she decides to find and help the people that Melanie loves.

Can Wanda and Melanie be in love with the same man? Or does Wanda find her own love?

I loved reading about all the different worlds that Wanda has been to and the Host’s that she had possessed.

I wonder if she will write another.


1 comment:

Unknown said...

I absolutely agree with your post - I was confused after about 50 pages & put the book down. After a few months, I saw that it would be made into a movie and thought it must get better.
So, 20 or so more pages & then I got the hook.
I saw similarities in Wanda and Bella from Twilight - both very 'selfless'.

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