The Host by Stephenie Meyer

About the book

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.

Reviewed by CC Readers:

Several members were dubious about reading a book on a theme of “aliens”. However, everyone found it a real page-tuner. The writing was spare but powerful with authentic and atmospheric descriptions of the desert, the rocky cave dwellings and lives of the resisting human population. Although we had to suspend dis-belief, the underlying theme rang true and raised interesting questions about human nature and the mysteries of the universe. A highly imaginative work with engaging and complex characters and challenging situations.

Star rating: ***

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1 thought on “The Host by Stephenie Meyer”

  1. Review by Anon reading group:
    Very gripping story, extremely well written, imaginative, authentic in descriptions of landscape and character. Provoked discussion of science-fiction in general.
    Star rating: ***

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