Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host: A Novel The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

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.

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. I have not read Meyer's Twilight series, but a friend loaned me this book and told me that I had to read it. I could not put it down and I have been reading it at every opportunity that I could steal for the last 48 hours.

This is a terrifying book as it deals with the invasion of Earth by an alien species and what could well be the extinction of human beings. But that is not what this book is about. This book is about what it is to be human and are the aliens the evil ones or are we? This is a very thought provoking book and as we get drawn further and further in to the struggle between Melanie - the human whose body we meet, and Wanderer -- the soul who has inhabited this body, we are torn between our outrage on Melanie's behalf and our compassion for what Wanderer is experiencing.

A wonderfully written book about good and evil, love and hate, and what it is to be human and alien. This book takes us on a journey to discover our own humanity. As we discover that human emotions and the ability to love, is our greatest strength and may be our only hope.

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1 comment:

Michelle M. said...

If I hadn't already put this one on my wish list, your review would have definitely made me run right over to the wish list and put it on there//1