Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion.
A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series.
My dominant feeling while reading THE HOST was conflict. I was conflicted about who to like and who to dislike. It seemed that every chapter was inspired to make you think or feel. The characters were wonderfully deep. Wanderer and Melanie are represented so differently. Wanda was nonviolent and calm. She is still so confused about her new world even though she has been so many places. She deals with all the distress amazingly. Melanie is a fighter and the complete opposite of Wanderer. I was surprised that they learned to coexist so peacefully. I read and was afraid of what would happen. I was also a bit horrified at the thought of them staying one person and being in love with two different men. The ending can only be described as perfect and resolute. THE HOST was not rushed, proven by it's 619 pages and it exhilarated me that I can now say that Stephenie is one of my favorite authors for a reason other than Twilight. THE HOST was a long journey, but absolutely well worth it.