Aug 24, 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Book Description:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 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.

Christina's BookReview
“After all the planets and all the hosts you've left behind, you've finally found the place and the body you'd die for. I think you've found your home, Wanderer.”

Stephenie Meyer brings us a different type of paranormal with The Host. Earth isn’t our world anymore…

Wanderer, a soul, has been placed in the body of eighteen year old human Melanie Stryder. Wanderer is sent to this specific body to seek answers for The Seekers. The problem with this human body is that Melanie will not fade away. Wanderer will have to find a way to get Melanie to leave but in the process she isn’t prepared for what Mel’s memories hold. The little boy and the man were not supposed to matter, but they do. Through Mel’s memories Wanderer begins to love them too. Wanderer and Melanie have to make sure that the Seekers do not harm them. So begins the struggle between a human life and a soul.

As Wanderer and Mel go in search of the boy and man they aren’t prepared for what they stumble into. The man that they love isn’t the same anymore, the boy that is in their memories is not little anymore, and the humans left in the world do not trust Wanderer. As Wanderer works to show the humans that she isn’t there to harm them new friendships are made, new loves, and new enemies are made. The problem is that everything is so confusing with two different emotions in one body. Wanderer and Melanie are at an impasse.

Will Wanderer leave in order to reunite Mel with her loved ones? Will Melanie fade completely? Read and find out!

So I have to start off by saying that the first time I read this I was not impressed. I couldn’t even get halfway through the book so I set it aside. What a mistake! The story does start off a little slow at the beginning but once you get through that bump you begin to immerse yourself in this story. As soon as the action picked up and more characters were introduced I was enthralled. I enjoyed reading about the human base camp and how they lived and fought to not be invaded.

The biggest conflict with the book was choosing a side, Wanderer or Melanie. Two different lives, two different emotions and personalities in one body was confusing as hell. I myself loved Wanderer and enjoyed getting to see how she became accustomed to the human world. From her/Mel’s need to protect Jamie and Jared to her protection of the ones SHE came to love.

The relationship between her and Ian was one that at first I didn’t expect. But then when he started to warm up to her I couldn’t get enough. He protected Wanderer and cared for her like no one had ever done. He loved HER not the body that she was in which made me fall hard for him. He was perfect! He had so many wonderful lines that I wanted to just continue highlighting on my Kindle. One of my faves though was this: “I held you in my hands, Wanderer, and you were beautiful.” Completely had me at that! :D

It was frustrating though, because of course Mel loved Jared, which "made" Wanderer only want Jared. Wanderer “lived” to please Mel and when she finally made a stand for herself I was proud of her. Only through that stand was she able to see how much this world was now her world and I loved that. It’s like when a person wakes up from a coma after many years and needs to become accustomed to the world. Wanderer was introduced to the “human” world and grew to love it and everyone that was a part of it.

The action in this book was scarce but when it did happen it had you on the edge. The journey that Wanderer goes through is what keeps you reading until you just can’t fight to keep your eyes open.

This book may start off a little slow but give it a chance! I was glad I did! 

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