The Host By Stephenie Meyer

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I’m sure most of you have heard of this author because of her ever so popular Twilight Series. The Twilight series was directed more toward the Young Adult crowd (even though every age seemed to enjoy them 🙂 ). The Host was written more for the Adult crowd, so you won’t find it sitting next to her Twilight books! I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not really one to read books about “aliens”. I will read Science Fiction books, but the whole “alien” thing doesn’t pull me into a book. This is a pretty large book. When I started reading it, I was lost right off the bat…I wasn’t sure what the heck was going on and I concidered just not reading it, but I knew who the author was and told myself to just keep going and I was sure it was bound to get better. I WAS SO GLAD I DID! This book is about “aliens” but that word means so many different things. You might think of them as creepy things from outer space, or cute little green men. Also, some people have a fear of INVASION! Yes, in this book, the world does get invaded. Now, don’t loose intrest yet. The world gets invaded with planet-hopping parasites that insert their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. They seem to think that they are helping out the Human Race to re-start a new, happy, crime free, loving planet. It was easy for these “aliens” to instert themselves into unsuspecting victims. After they inserted themselves they would be in control of the body, memories and all. But some people want Earth back, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a “soul” ( this is what they call themselves) called Wanderer. Usually when a “soul” takes over a body, the person that was inside just dissapered…then there were those that didn’t. Melanie stayed. She uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. These “Souls” think that humans are terrible and disgusting. Most of them anyway…except for the Wanderer. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated, becuase of course, these beings took over they world and stole their loved ones. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. What follows is a tale of survival, friendship, and love, by telling about Earth’s invasion from the conqueror’s viewpoint. It overcomes a slow beginning after Wanderer reaches the humans and begins to care about the ones she meets personally. She comes to love Melanie’s brother like her own, fights her body’s attraction to Melanie’s boyfriend, and grows even closer to another human, Ian. The humans in turn accept Wanderer as a valuable and caring individual, rather than as Melanie’s oppressor. They overcome their prejudices and begin to work together in the humans’ best interests. In a story full of hate, love and most deffinatly hope. There is an awesome story told of how not everyone is the same and good things can come from this. When people over come normality and open their minds to a new begining, great things are achived from one soul to another.

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