The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met....


Details The Host (The Host, #1)

TitleThe Host (The Host, #1)
ISBN9780316068048
Author
Release DateMay 6th, 2008
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Host (The Host, #1)

  • Britt
    2008-05-08
    I originally had not planned on even reading this book because the Twilight series instills much rage within my soul, but I was in a dry spell for reading, so I decided to give it a try. I have to say I really enjoyed it much more than the Twilight series. I have seen a lot of people complain about how slow the beginning was, but I didnt really notice. It sucked me in pretty quickly. It was very clearly a Stephenie Meyer book, though, which did l...
  • Nataliya
    2010-05-02
    I must be a masochist. Why else would I pick this book up in the first place, let alone finish it? And it was so NOT worth it. To sum up my impressions of this story - WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! WHYYYYYYY??? * * This refers to the pointless waste of an entire tropical forest on the printing of this 600+ pager in which NOTHING happens. I kid you not. **** Well, what else did I expect from a woman who created sparkly virgin vampires??? Hanging my head in...
  • Miranda Reads
    2017-11-07
    I like big books and I can not lieThe Librarians can't denyThat when a girl walks in with an itty bitty bookAnd a vacant look on her faceI click on a YouTube Video to see which books are worth my time.The Written Review: Body and soul. Two different things Wanderer is a parasite. Her people are parasites. For millions of years, they traveled to new planets, colonized the species and lived out lives in their hosts' bodies. It's about the experienc...
  • Khurram
    2017-06-21
    I really did enjoy this book. It is narrated in the same style at the Twilight book in the first person. The things that make this book really good are the internal dialogue between the main characters Melanie and Wanda. I am told that this did not work too well in the movie, but as a book it makes great interesting reading.The story an alien invasion has happen we the humans have lost or have we? The Aliens call themselves Souls; they think it i...
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2007-11-04
    It's no secret that I did not jump on the Twilight bandwagon. I put my name on the hold list at the library for The Host, however, because I wanted to see if Stephenie Meyer had improved in her storytelling. I'm happy to say, "Yes, she did. To a point."I would like someone tell me what her fascination is with sappy, overly dramatic dialogue, 17-year old girls and over-protective older men who carry them while running? Because there are some defin...
  • Ari
    2010-04-18
    Its not the face, but the expressions on it.Its not the voice, but what you say.Its not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it.You are beautiful. I give this book 5 stars because is just such an amazing book. I really, really love it!At first sight it looks like it's a book about aliens, but in reality it's about the human kind and it's questioning how much humanity remains in us all. It's a book about survival, about love (so ma...
  • Sella Malin
    2008-10-05
    GAH!!!!AAAAGGH!!!SODTODSHT!!AHAAHOSHDTO!!!!!DSODHTOHDTOHTOSDHTSHHHHHHTHIDSDOIOSHDTOIH!!!Those are more accurate phrases, more fitting descriptions of my reaction at the end of this book. Unfortunately, those cannot be precisely translated into the English language.Holy Crap. HOLY CRAP!! I can't even process my thoughts to write a review for this. This book was so stunning, so amazing, so crazy good that I can't even describe it. XD I'm extremely ...
  • Annalisa
    2008-05-20
    I wanted to like this book more than I did--to see that Stephenie Meyer can pick a topic not meant for shallow teenage girls and write on a deeper level--but I think this book is more of the same, sans the vampire excitement. I liked the idea: an alien soul inhibiting the host body of a girl who doesn't want to relinquish her control and the conflicts that arise, particularly in romance. There are some interesting topics, like what defines humani...
  • Jessica Edwards
    2017-08-10
    When it comes to reading books that has a film made about it, I tend to watch the film first and then read the book. The Host is probably one of my favorite films, I absolutely love Max Irons, I think he's gorgeous, and while I was watching the film, I also couldn't help but admire the actor who played Ian. I'm a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer, she's one of the authors that made me want to start writing, but I couldn't possibly be as skilled of a wr...
  • ♥ℂĦℝΪՖƬΪℕÅ
    2016-02-01
    5 Happy Heart STAR'SIf I was given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn't be able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives.'The Host' is a hit or miss for readers, you either LOVE it or HATE it. I think it's got a bad rep because of Twilight, and that's a bummer. As for me, I FREAKING LOVEEE ITTT!!! I'd pick The Host 100 times over the Twilight series any day! Growing up I was a very shy kid and I didn't like re...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2007-11-01
    Aimed at the adult science fiction crowd, as opposed to the Young Adult Twilight fanbase, The Host isn't about science or where the human race is headed, but about what it means to be human, here and now.Earth has been quietly, non-aggressively conquered by a kind, pacifist species unable to lie or deceive, who go by different names on different planets in different languages. Here they call themselves "souls", while the rebel humans who have sli...
  • Railee
    2008-06-04
    Talk about an emotional roller coaster!!!! This book was very difficult to rate. If someone were to ask me, "Was it good?" I'd have to think for a long time and then say, "No.... Well... yes, sorta.... No... It was ok." But if someone were to ask me if I'd enjoyed it, I'd instantly reply, "Yes!" Would I read it again? Probably not. Was it exciting? On occasion. Was in interesting? Very much so, in my opinion. Was it weird? YES! Were the character...
  • Matthew
    2013-11-29
    Not a bad sci-fi story. A little like the Twilight series - some of the formula poured over into here. I feel like the creativity level was a lot higher as Meyer was working with an alien species of her own creation and not necessarily the myths and legends of the vampires and werewolves.My only issue is that it seemed to drag on a bit at times. This was only compounded by its length. This is one of those books that I think could have benefited w...
  • Tatiana
    2009-04-30
    I just can't comprehend why so many people are rating this book 5 stars. Seriously, why? I understand we are in love with Twilight, but it's not a good enough reason to support this mediocrity. I was extremely disappointed by Breaking Dawn, but decided not to be a hater and give SM another chance. So I opened The Host. I have to say, I have never had to put this much effort into reading a book in my life. If I didn't know who SM was, I wouldn't e...
  • Kris
    2008-05-06
    I am having so much trouble reading this book, and who am I to judge? I am just a lowly reader and spender, not a publisher. But there is just something about the writing in this book that is making the voices in my head scream. I had the same experience when I read "Twilight." Ms. Meyers is over-the-top descriptive where there is no need to be. If I had to count how many times she wrote, "I winced." or, "I flinched." or, "I sighed." or, "Ian sig...
  • Kristalia
    2012-06-15
    Final rating: 5/5 starsI cannot describe how much i love this book. Even though it was long, i still loved every page of it. I never read Stephanie Meyer before, but i love this book. She really is a good writer. The only downside that i had was that i watched the movie first - therefore i knew what was going to happen. But book was so much better, with more informations about Souls, and better characterization. And, one important thing: you will...
  • Saniya
    2011-09-17
    OKAY. I TAKE ALL THAT BACK. IAN WAS EPIC. I LOVE LOVE LOVE JAKE ABEL. OMG. THE MOVIE WAS SO EPIC! I CRIED LIKE THREE TO FOUR TIMES. I CAN'T EVEN- *Breath, Saniya, breath.* ...*Sighh.*Okay. This movie was freaking awesome and I just want to hug somebody right now. :'3I am so sorry Jake baby. You were awesome in it. I misjudged you. Now I will love you forever. *Creepy fan-girl smile*Did You Know?1)Dianna Agron auditioned for the role of Melanie St...
  • Sarah
    2015-01-17
    I still l♡ve this one ☺ Wanda is so self-sacrificing, and the way everybody hates her and grows to love her is inspiring ☺Totally prefer the book to the movie though ☺
  • James Trevino
    2017-09-05
    Full disclosure: I was not a big Twilight fan. I read all the books, I found them ok and compared to many YA titles coming out nowadays, they were actually decently written.*But The Host is on a whole other level. It is a freaking GOOD book! Good characters, great plot, nice world building ladaladalada. *Sorry for being short today, but I am kind of on the run. Either way, what I wanted to say is that even if you disliked Twilight, don't give up ...
  • Karin
    2008-02-20
    Wanderer has just arrived on Earth and been implanted into her new host. She has lived on seven worlds before coming here. She is arriving toward the end of the alien invasion when very few humans remain. The aliens are known as souls and are a peace loving type that dont know of violence or lying.Very few humans remain on Earth. When the remaining humans are discovered, they are captured by Seekers - the closest thing to a police force the souls...
  • Kevin (Irish Reader)
    2020-04-24
    Finally read this for the first time and it was so refreshing after I read Twilight, as I enjoyed this book so much more. It definitely still has problematic parts and isnt perfect, but I enjoyed it. Wanda and Ians relationship was so adorable and one of the reasons I liked this book so much! I also did a full video review and commentary to me reading this book, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/kdlnJ1PlzFo Finally read this for th...
  • Chloe
    2015-04-10
    I have to say I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was!Even though the first 150 pages or so are slightly slow the rest of the book is fast paced and becomes a very interesting read.Would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly interested in it!
  • Hristina
    2013-05-18
    First read: May 26th through June 8th 2013Second read: March 2016 (didn't keep track)Third read: July 9th through July 15th 2016I gotta say, Ian O'Shea is still too adorable.
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2008-09-13
    Edited after seeing the movie:I went with my daughters to see the movie adaptation of The Host this evening, and was reminded of how much I loved this book. That said, it's as it was with the Twilight books-to-movie adaptation and the movies didn't do the books justice, and neither did it for The Host, which is one of my favorite stories. My point is, please don't let the movie scare you off. If you go see it and find the story compelling but the...
  • Lola
    2020-03-06
    Terrible. Terrible. TERRIBLE.
  • Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    2019-02-05
    This book really stood the test of time because it's just as good now as it was when I read it in high school. I like the story, the characters, the moral dilemma, etc. There were very few things that I disliked about this. I'm glad I reread it. Also, I'm 10000% certain Twilight wouldn't be palatable now, but this book was great. Proud of you, Stephenie Meyer. Still waiting for the sequel to this book...
  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    2016-10-25
    So much potential in this book. I don't understand why Stephenie Meyer isn't continuing the sequels and it's been 8 years since this was published. I love Twilight Saga but this is better and I'm not kidding. I have watched the movie first without any idea of the story and I really enjoyed it but my reading experience was incredible. "Souls" are parasitic like aliens invading the humans on Earth making them as their host. These souls lived for th...
  • Sophia Triad
    2019-04-18
    In the near future, the earth has been invaded by aliens. They take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Not all humans have been taken over. Melanie is a very strong young woman and she is also part of the resistance. When she us captured by the aliens and one of them is placed inside her body, she keeps her conscience and she fights it.Welcome to Earth, WandererWanderer did not expect anyone else inside the body it h...