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The Host

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.

 The Host (The Host, #1)

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (6) Harder to get into than Twilight due to an  alien being the main character.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (8) Once I got into The Host it was a more enjoyable read than Twilight.
  3. Story – Finish (8) The book ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger to show the possibilities of a sequel and left me wanting more. I’ve been hoping for a sequel since then and it looks like it finally is happening.
  4. Characters (7) Some different characters than other stories I read having an alien as the main character. I liked many of the characters but I don’t think I felt strongly one way or another about any of them.
  5. Writing (9) People may be hard on Stephenie Meyer but she does a good job of keeping a reader engaged and does not do anything to break that by being overly descriptive or trying to act too smart.

Overall a 38/50 or 4.0 rating from me. Stephenie Meyer does a good job with this book and left me wanting more. I feel she improved from her Twilight Series as an author and though people may question her and how this story may have been a bit of a rip off but I still really enjoyed it.

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