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The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take 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.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.
Hardcover, 619 pages
Published on May 6, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN-10: 0316068047
ISBN-13: 9780316068048
17 Book Reviews
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  • laurak
    laurakThursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:10 am55 stars
    This is a really interesting book, once you start reading it you can't stop! It's basically about aliens invading earth. Those aliens would live in human body which is called "host", and control them. After the human body got possessed by the aliens, there will be a little while circle in their eyes, so that can differentiate who's human and who's aliens. Human were haunted by the aliens, only a little group of humans were hiding in a cave, trying to survive. The main character Melanie, was possessed, but the host's soul was very strong, it's still inside the body, the alien would fight for spaces in the brain. Melanie was a member of that group of human that were alive. After communicate, they decided to go back and find the group of people. After a series of incidents, it would challenging the friendship, love, trust. It's really exciting, after reading book you would realise that the real friendship can not be destroyed. I recommend this book to everyone that's age between 12-17, enjoy!
    • angelay
      angelayThursday, October 15, 2015 at 1:45 am55 stars
      I loved the book so much, I finished it in two days! I didn't really like the Twilight series, and I think the Host is definitely better. First of all, I liked how the characters were different from each other. From Melanie's stubborn, headstrong personality to Wanderer's more sensible and slightly insecure one, Stephanie Meyer definitely did a good job on this masterpiece. The book talks about friendship, trust, fitting in, and tough love. The beginning was a bit ambiguous and made me a bit confused, but once I understood what was going on, I caught up quickly. The plot was really good, it was obvious that the author planned ahead in the book. Really recommend it!
      • demilorun
        demilorunMonday, December 22, 2014 at 7:36 am
        O.M.G. i watched the movie. This book is about love,belonging,friendship,and trust. Pls read this book it is awesome.
        • krspivey44
          krspivey44Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm
          I loved this book its really amazing
          • 0264016
            0264016Monday, September 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm55 stars
            awesome book and love the characters
            • edmodo-bnqkxxbat4
              edmodo-bnqkxxbat4Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm55 stars
              long but really good book
              • valentina
                valentinaMonday, November 18, 2013 at 9:05 am55 stars
                great book, it is a good mix of science fiction and romance.
                • cowlover13
                  cowlover13Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm
                  I loved this book though the beginning was a bit confusing for me. I loved the idea and concept of this book. Also i loved this book because the 2 main character guys are very hot. That's a big thing. This book wasn't the best written but it isn't the worst.
                  • melmoo
                    melmooWednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:48 am
                    started to read this book!!!!!! yah
                    • KatnissSunday, April 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm
                      Even though I am not of the Twilight books, I am obsessed with The Host. I think they casted the movie perfectly, especially Max Irons as Jared. I love this book and fangirl over it all the time. TEAM JELANIE FOREVER