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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751540641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751540642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,033 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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

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The SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. Backed with a major new film release 29 March 2013.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ken Pemberton on 10 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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533 of 563 people found the following review helpful By MBA on 25 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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165 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful By S Carson on 27 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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