The Host

The Host


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


I really enjoyed this book.  I think the main reason folks have such strong opinions on the read is because it is by Stephanie Meyer, which certainly provides strong opinions.  Forget that.  Forget what else Meyer wrote and just give this book an honest shot.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The book certainly has a few sappy moments, but ultimately this is a book about humanity with a romance thrown in.  The relationships are complex, intriguing and realistic.  Forgiveness is not something easily given and this story recognizes that.  People are not perfect.  The science fiction aspect is a little out there, but I found myself quickly sucked into the story.  The book was definitely consuming, I read it very quickly.  It’s a book that I think about years later, which is certainly a testament to the effectiveness of the writing.  I’d highly recommend it, however may be more appropriate for slightly older audiences that Twilight fans.

Warning: Contains violence and sexual references.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Science-fiction fans and dystopian fans.