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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...more
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Published June 9th 2008 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 2008)
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    Lily Habegger Twilight is very different from this book. I really liked the Twilight Saga and this book is my favorite or one of my favorite books of all time. You…moreTwilight is very different from this book. I really liked the Twilight Saga and this book is my favorite or one of my favorite books of all time. You should read it, I absolutely love it.(less)
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    Jenne
    Okay, so I was reading along, and thinking all, hey, this is pretty interesting! Not bad, Stephenie!

    And then I got to about page 80 or so, and OH MY GOD THERE IT IS AGAIN, THE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE SAPPINESS OH MY EYES MY EYES

    I just can't do it. CAN'T DO IT AGAIN! Not the older man, and the younger woman, and the 5-page discussion of why they can't have sex yet because NO DEAR YOU'RE JUST NOT READY EVEN THOUGH YOU REALLY WANT IT BECAUSE LOOK, YOU'RE A GIRL AND YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY MAKE YOUR OWN DECIS...more
    Britt
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    Nataliya
    Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Nobody. Except for people I dislike.
    I must be a masochist. Why else would I pick this book up in the first place, let alone finish it? And it was so NOT worth it. To sum up my impressions of this story - WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! WHYYYYYYY??? *
    * This refers to the pointless waste of an entire tropical forest on the printing of this 600+ pager in which NOTHING happens. I kid you not. **

    ** Well, what else did I expect from a woman who created sparkly virgin vampires??? Hanging my head in shame. ***

    *** In my defense, here is the quote fro
    ...more
    Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    It's no secret that I did not jump on the Twilight bandwagon. I put my name on the hold list at the library for The Host, however, because I wanted to see if Stephenie Meyer had improved in her storytelling. I'm happy to say, "Yes, she did. To a point."

    I would like someone tell me what her fascination is with sappy, overly dramatic dialogue, 17-year old girls and over-protective older men who carry them while running? Because there are some definite similarities here.

    I find it interesting that t...more
    Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    Okay, so I read this book when I was ... 15? So, that was almost four years ago. When I reviewed it, I was a bit of an idiot. (Or, a lot of an idiot.) My review consisted of a lot of exclamation points and OMG's and rather stupid statements like, "STEPHENIE MEYER IS LYK DA BEST WRITER EVAHHH." And yet, as idiotic as I sounded, this is my third most-liked review (probably because it's such a popular book, and probably everyone who "liked" it was also a 15-year-old who couldn't punctuate and who t...more
    Ariana


    “It’s not the face, but the expressions on it.
    It’s not the voice, but what you say.
    It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it.
    You are beautiful.”

    I give this book 5 stars because is just such an amazing book. I really, really love it!

    At first sight it looks like it's a book about aliens, but in reality it's about the human kind and it's questioning how much humanity remains in us all.
    It's a book about survival, about love (so many types of love: loving yourself, loving th...more
    Sella Malin
    Nov 25, 2009 Sella Malin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: EVERYONE MUST READ IT OR DIE!!! XD
    GAH!!!!

    AAAAGGH!!!

    SODTODSHT!!

    AHAAHOSHDTO!!!!!

    DSODHTOHDTOHTOSDHTSHHHHHHTHIDSDOIOSHDTOIH!!!

    Those are more accurate phrases, more fitting descriptions of my reaction at the end of this book. Unfortunately, those cannot be precisely translated into the English language.

    Holy Crap. HOLY CRAP!! I can't even process my thoughts to write a review for this. This book was so stunning, so amazing, so crazy good that I can't even describe it. XD I'm extremely impressed of Stephenie Meyer. This beats Twilight...more
    Annalisa
    May 22, 2008 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Annalisa by: Melinda
    I wanted to like this book more than I did--to see that Stephenie Meyer can pick a topic not meant for shallow teenage girls and write on a deeper level--but I think this book is more of the same, sans the vampire excitement. I liked the idea: an alien soul inhibiting the host body of a girl who doesn't want to relinquish her control and the conflicts that arise, particularly in romance. There are some interesting topics, like what defines humanity and are we living worthy enough for the planet...more
    Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Aimed at the adult science fiction crowd, as opposed to the Young Adult Twilight fanbase, The Host isn't about science or where the human race is headed, but about what it means to be human, here and now.

    Earth has been quietly, non-aggressively conquered by a kind, pacifist species unable to lie or deceive, who go by different names on different planets in different languages. Here they call themselves "souls", while the rebel humans who have slipped through the net call them "parasites". They a...more
    Rai
    Talk about an emotional roller coaster!!!! This book was very difficult to rate. If someone were to ask me, "Was it good?" I'd have to think for a long time and then say, "No.... Well... yes, sorta.... No... It was ok." But if someone were to ask me if I'd enjoyed it, I'd instantly reply, "Yes!" Would I read it again? Probably not. Was it exciting? On occasion. Was in interesting? Very much so, in my opinion. Was it weird? YES! Were the characters well-developed? ... After the first half of the...more
    Lissa
    “Did you have a good bath?” he says as I come out after only an hour.
    “No,” I say, recognising that my tone is petulant.
    “Why not?” he asks in surprise, as the answer is usually the opposite.
    “I hate the book. Nothing is happening. Nothing has happened. And the aliens who invaded still make junk food. This doesn’t make sense. They don’t earn money or pay for anything, but they still make junk food. An alien invader who could read the mind of its host would learn to only make food with essential nut...more
    Kris
    I am having so much trouble reading this book, and who am I to judge? I am just a lowly reader and spender, not a publisher. But there is just something about the writing in this book that is making the voices in my head scream. I had the same experience when I read "Twilight."
    Ms. Meyers is over-the-top descriptive where there is no need to be. If I had to count how many times she wrote, "I winced." or, "I flinched." or, "I sighed." or, "Ian sighed." I bet it would be in the hundreds. She has a...more
    Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)
    OKAY. I TAKE ALL THAT BACK. IAN WAS EPIC. I LOVE LOVE LOVE JAKE ABEL. OMG. THE MOVIE WAS SO EPIC! I CRIED LIKE THREE TO FOUR TIMES. I CAN'T EVEN- *Breath, Saniya, breath.* ...*Sighh.*
    Okay. This movie was freaking awesome and I just want to hug somebody right now. :'3

    I am so sorry Jake baby. You were awesome in it. I misjudged you. Now I will love you forever. *Creepy fan-girl smile*

    Did You Know?
    1)Dianna Agron auditioned for the role of Melanie Stryder.
    2)Shiloh Fernandez, Liam Hemsworth, Kit Har...more
    Tatiana
    I just can't comprehend why so many people are rating this book 5 stars. Seriously, why? I understand we are in love with Twilight, but it's not a good enough reason to support this mediocrity.

    I was extremely disappointed by Breaking Dawn, but decided not to be a hater and give SM another chance. So I opened The Host. I have to say, I have never had to put this much effort into reading a book in my life. If I didn't know who SM was, I wouldn't even bother to read after page 10, it was that bori...more
    Kristalia
    FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★



    I cannot describe how much i love this book. Even though it was long, i still loved every page of it. I never read Stephanie Meyer before, but i love this book. She really is a good writer. The only downside that i had was that i watched the movie first - therefore i knew what was going to happen. But book was so much better, with more informations about Souls, and better characterization. And, one important thing: you will either love or hate this book.




    One thing also th...more
    Karin
    Wanderer has just arrived on Earth and been implanted into her new host. She has lived on seven worlds before coming here. She is arriving toward the end of the alien invasion when very few humans remain. The aliens are known as “souls” and are a peace loving type that don’t know of violence or lying.

    Very few humans remain on Earth. When the remaining humans are discovered, they are captured by Seekers - the closest thing to a police force the “souls” have. Once captured, they are prepared for i...more
    Lina
    Unfortunately, the thing that drives me to write today is the poorly written book known as The Host, by none other than Stephenie "Sparkling Vampires" Meyer.
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    Now, I went into this book with lukewarm expectations. Many people have said that The Host is actually better written than The Twilight "Saga", which isn't really saying much if you really look at it.

    However, I held in my bias and decided to give it a try, besides after Sparkling Vampires how much worse can it possibly get? Good Lord I...more
    UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

    Edited after seeing the movie:

    I went with my daughters to see the movie adaptation of The Host this evening, and was reminded of how much I loved this book. That said, it's as it was with the Twilight books-to-movie adaptation and the movies didn't do the books justice, and neither did it for The Host, which is one of my favorite stories.

    My point is, please don't let the movie scare you off. If you go see it and find the story compelling but the acting not so much, please pick up the book and r...more
    Andrea
    Mrs. Meyers and I can no longer be tortured friends. Maybe someday I can finish this poor excuse for a novel, but I'm going to relieve myself of the misery for now. The premise was fine, but the dysfunctional psychological processes of every single character has me truly sick. Not to mention that Melanie Stryder, (i mean, Bella Swan...) is essentially the same pathetic female character that we've seen in the Twilight series. I'm done.
    I have been mystified by this writer because so very many peo...more
    Caroline
    I was pretty iffy about this book going in--I've read all of Stephenie Meyer's other books (the Twilight series) and they're decently good, but nothing amazing. I'm not big on sappy romances, and I was concerned that this would just be one big huge romance like the others.

    I was surprised, definitely. While it does have romantic elements to the story, it didn't feel like the romance took over the plot and didn't allow for any real story to happen.

    What I liked the best about this book is how much...more
    Becca Jane
    Let me start off by saying that I wanted to like this book sooooooo very much. But unfortunately I was disappointed. I was excited about Stephanie’s description of a love triangle with only two bodies, and that the book was advertised as an “Adult” book. But when the main female character, Melanie, is 17 and the main male character, Jared, is 26, I was put off. I do not have a problem with the age difference just how young she is. It would not have detracted at all from their relationship or the...more
    Heather
    May 25, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: late teens/ adult
    Before I get into details, let me just say this: Stephenie Meyer is an excellent author and i would gladly recommend ANY of her novels. She posses the ability to pull the reader into the story and allow them to feel like they are actually there with the characters, experiencing what they experience and feeling what they feel. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and their lives in the mind of every reader who is fortunate enough to be touched by the worlds that she creates. Reading one o...more
    Elizabeth (Liz)
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    Sparrow
    Apr 19, 2013 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: I'll keep it for myself
    After a couple of nightmare slogs, it's time for some comfort food.

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    2010 Review

    My brother is moving to New York in a couple of weeks, and it breaks my heart more than a little. I totally love that guy, and New York will be lucky to have him. It’s really far away, though. I went to pick him up in Bend a few weeks back so that he could use my car for a weekend, and I got the audio version of this book at the library on my way there. I picked it up because I totally fre...more
    Vivian
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    Famin
    Feb 25, 2009 Famin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Famin by: J-boo
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    It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer's Stephenie Meyer writing. I've read three of the four Twilight books (with plans to read Breaking Dawn at some point). I haven't quite decided if I like them or not. I love the plotting. The action scenes are good. The line writing reads fast and is clearly well-edited. What drives me crazy is any emotional scene; any internal dialogue in a character's head, the dithering back and forth over an issue, because it goes on an...more
    Miss Bookiverse
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    Alex
    Once again, thank you, Jerry, for blackmailing me (can't stress this enough :P) into reading this book.

    I loved it. Sci-fi, fantasy, young adult-new adult, whatever genre it may be, for me it is a story about reincarnation. I'm a strong believer in reincarnation: souls wandering through space or whatever, in search of new bodies (hosts) to possess? How can you not love that?

    Melanie Stryder does justice to her name. She strides through life with passion, impatience and sometimes arrogance.
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    ✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
    If you're wanting to read this because of Twilight, just get those silly notions out of your head because this is nothing like Twilight. Well, to be fair, there are some slight romantic similarities but that is all.

    Aliens (aka Souls) have taken over the Earth and won the war but there are still some "wild" humans hiding out. Melanie was one of them until she was cornered and then she threw herself down an elevator shaft. Luckily, the Souls have superior medical skills and bring her back just li...more
    Laurel
    Stephenie Meyer has a great ulterior motive. No really. Make an INCREDIBLY long book filled with nothing so that no matter what, its spine will stare you down in the science fiction section of any bookstore ever.

    Well played, SMeyer.

    Either way, at least the premise of The Host had the tiniest bit of a chance at impressing me. Souls invading people's body for the lulz. Lulz = Making the world a better place cause humans are mean mean mean! (I imagine a sort of 40s, 50s era commercial here with dan...more
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