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 thought, 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.
I remember reading this book right after finishing the Twilight series and loving it all the same. When I picked up “The Host” to read, I wasn’t sure it would capture me as much as Twilight had done( if it wasn’t still obvious, I love the Twilight series) , and I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Well, I was wrong.
To me, “The Host” was a real page-turner and quite an emotional roller coaster ride. Stephenie Meyer was able to create another beautiful world with alluring and interesting characters that lured me in completely.
This is a sci-fi kind of story, totally different from Meyer’s previous work, and I was pleased to see that Meyer shifts from one genre to another with great ease and she always holds the reader’s attention till the end. Or at least, this is what happens to me when I read her books and “The Host” was no exception.