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The Host [Kindle Edition]

Stephenie Meyer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,010 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

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Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon. Out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope -- Orson Scott Card, author of The Ender Saga

Katherine Neville, author of The Eight

A fascinating, passionate, and unique psychological thriller. In The Host, Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase `being of two minds!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847441831
  • Publisher: Sphere (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748112545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748112548
  • ASIN: B002RI9SCE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,010 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature and now lives with her husband and three sons in Arizona. Her debut novel Twilight and the sequels New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are all international bestsellers.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Twilight! 10 Jan. 2011
Let's put this in context: I'm a 45-year old man. I read all the Twilight books as they were published, and enjoyed them - a pleasant few hours of pure escapism in each book. Nothing wrong with this. I don't subscribe to the cult following that seems to have developed, but then as I said, I'm no teenager. Good books, all.

However The Host is a tier above Twilight. Though it still contains a small amount of romantic soppery, it is at the core a good, solid sci-fi tale.

This is a gentle read, a pleasant wander rather than a headlong rush. The pace is steady without being pedantic, the characters and settings rich and detailed. There is a deep emotional content which will certainly tug at you.

One to read again and again. I already own the paperback and I'm about to nab a Kindle version too, as soon as the price drops a little.
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532 of 562 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for people who loved Twilight... 25 Feb. 2009
OK, I admit it. I am a 33 year old who really should know better than to read books about teenagers falling for vampires. The fact that I read all four of the Twilight series back to back over 3 days is, I'm sure, nothing to be proud of. Quite simply I have been hooked on them, even though they are not the best written novels and at times I could quite happily have bitten Bella myself just to stop her indecisiveness.
I bought The Host afterwards but was delighted it was a completely different novel to the previous 4. Although I found it a little slow going for probably the first third of the book, I was then completely lost in it. A clever idea, protracted at times but still compelling. I must admit being slightly disappointed with the ending though and found myself disliking the main character just because of her final appearance.
So, if you loved Twilight - read it. If you feel too grown up for teenage vampires, read this first then secretly treat yourself to the Twilight quadrilogy (it will be our secret)...
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164 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephenie who? 13 Jun. 2008
Unlike the other reviewers of this book, I'd never heard of the author until I read a review in SFX magazine which caused me to be interested enough to seek it out in the library where I work. Also unlike the other reviewers I'm a dyed-in-the-wool science fiction fan.

And I thought it was pretty good.

The plot is a variant on the old SF standby, the parasitical alien invader which is to be found in Jack Finney's original novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the countless (well, four) movies made from it. There's also Robert Heinlein's equally paranoid Puppet Masters (also filmed). But what Meyer does is to look at the world after the parasites have won and, and I don't think I'm being sexist here, this could only have been written by a woman. From a male point of view, the aliens have won, it's over, we're dead. Or in Heinlein's case, WE CAN'T LOSE! KILL! DESTROY! DEATH AND DESTRUCTION! (the last three words, memory tells me, is a precise quote from the end of his book).

Wanderer, our narrator and worm-like parasite, is reborn in a human body after years on a series of other worlds and in other forms. She expects the host's soul to be gone as they have always been in the past. Her host's mind, however, is still very active and, reaching an accomodation with it, they go in search of her younger brother and boyfriend. Quite early on they are captured by rogue humans.

And at this point I thought if the rest of the novel is about her experiences underground then I'm giving up. It was (in the main) and I didn't, though my synopsis ends here as I don't want to give too much away.

Meyer visits places most other SF writers don't go. She writes well and the character of Wanderer is absorbing.
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131 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W-o-w... 27 May 2008
There really aren't enough good comments or adjectives in the dictionary to describe this book. I bought it on a whim, if I'm being honest, not really being a sci-fi fan, and found myself totally and completely loving it only a few pages in.

While the storyline might not be the most obscure, original thing in the world, (imagine Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except this time we lost), Meyer does succeed in giving it a new, surprisingly fresh, twist. The storyline is basically centred around a very experienced 'Soul' (Wanderer) who finds sympathy and friendship with her host (Melanie) who refuses to fade away. And also a strong love for someone she has never met. The two team up and track down the man and Melanie's kid brother, but not all goes to plan, as you could imagine...

Although, on that note, I'd like to say that the characters are the main driving force behind this novel. I always love Meyer's characters - I've read the Twilight series, of course - but these new set really impressed me. Wanderer, as I said before, is the main protagonist, who is likeable in herself just for being kind in nature, but Melanie is also likeable for her strength and stubborn attitude. They completely parallel and contrast each other, which I personally loved. And then there's the boys... Jared, who is the main guy character, in a sense (not for me though, thank you very much) and is who Meyer described as the 'tough' one. And then, of course, there is Ian. I love his character too much for words, and I think he's the real reason as to why I love the story so much...

Anyway, overall, it's obviously a 5/5 for me, and I'd recommend it to anyone - sci-fi fan or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book from stephenie meyer after twilight
this is just an excellent read i just loved the whole idea of it
well worth anyones time and money read the book see the film both are excellent for me the book wins after all... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Tony Braddon
3.0 out of 5 stars nicely written.
I read the start and left it to read something else. About a month later went back to read the rest. Clever idea, nicely written.
Published 4 days ago by MISS DEBRA L JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this
Published 8 days ago by amanda walding
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, nicely written.
A great story, nicely written.
Published 18 days ago by Mr. Stephen P. Killbery
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
An ingenious book from Stephanie Meyer. I've read this one time and time again and have not got bored of it yet x
Published 21 days ago by Mr. I. C. Crow
3.0 out of 5 stars good once it gets going
Not my thing to begin with - book club read. Once it got going quite enjoyable and different. Ending a bit trite
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. E. J. Humphreys
4.0 out of 5 stars The host
Comical romantic and very different to anything else of read.
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Published 25 days ago by Emily Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Half way through it took off and was a great read. It depends if you...
Started really slow. Half way through it took off and was a great read. It depends if you can bother to wade through the first bit.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by J. R. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the vividness of the characters
I am not given to hyper praise, or claiming something is a piece of incredible literature when it isn't. Read more
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