Author: Stephenie Meyer
Summary (from the author's website):Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Review: Stephenie Meyer, I am very disappointed in you.
This book was truly not that great. For 100 pages I was just waiting for something remotely interesting happen. And after all the hype that it has gotten, I was expecting so much. Nothing much was explained for a while, so I was very confused. Wanda (I hated the name, becuase that was my grandma's name, and it did not fit Wanderer) and Ian's relationship was weird. I felt like it didn't really fit. He was clingy and acted like a teenage boy for most of the story.
But don't get me wrong, the middle and end of this very breathtakingly unexpected. I loved the imagery it proposed. With all the different planets and the darkness and intricacies of the cave. I wish you all could see the pictures I had in my head when I read this. And I loved Melanie, Jared, and Jamie's triangle of love. So amazing and long-lasting. Also, the selflessness expressed in the book was awesome.
And the conflict! It was great! The action could have been better, but the tension made most of the story flow. I seriously was on my toes for a section of the story, because I was just waiting for something to happen. And when, as a reader, I inferred that something would happen, I was wrong almost all of the time. Something completely out of the blue would come up and slap me in the face. That really was the best part about reading The Host.
I would only recommend this to people who like Science-Fiction and Romance. More Romance I think, than Science-Fiction. Stephenie Meyer was right to call this "sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi." Don't read this if you are looking for a companion to Meyer's Twilight series. You will just get your hopes crushed.
And you must be thinking, Emily, why did you give it a 4/5 if you didn't LOVE it? Well, the answer to that is that the breathtakingly creative ending made up for the well... shitty beginning. The ending saved this whole book. So don't give up on it. Even though this book made me not want to read for a month... that's besides the point. Read it. You just might like it.