The Host by Stephenie Meyer

As of this writing, The Host is 6th on the NY Times Best Sellers list.  It’s been out since May and grabbed the top spot on the list in June.  It hasn’t received the same fanfare that Breaking Dawn has, but don’t let that fool you.  The Host is another fantastic example of Meyer’s singular storytelling and imagination.

Set in the very near future, the story begins when the human race has been nearly wiped out by an invading body-snatching alien species.  The last humans are barely surviving while being hunted by the alien Seekers.  Melanie, one of the few surviving humans, is captured while following signs of her cousin whom she suspects is still alive.  Melanie’s body is given to an experienced alien (a “Soul”) but the new inhabitant finds that Melanie is not going to relinquish her mind easily.  Melanie and the Soul, who calls herself Wanderer, battle for control.  Melanie tries desperately to hide her thoughts from Wanderer, for fear that her memories might lead the Seekers to other human survivors and the people she loves.

With The Host, Meyer delivers another page-turning story with surprise twists and unusual situations.  It’s a stand-alone novel that’s sure to appeal to most fiction lovers, whether you’re a fan of science fiction, romance or thrillers.  I found this novel to be every bit as captivating as Meyer’s Twilight series and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Published in: on August 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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