The Host by Stephanie Meyer
A Novel

78%

37 Critic Reviews

I found The Host to be surprisingly well-written, and definitely worth my time. I'd give it a try - whether you're a fan of the Twilight series or not.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

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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. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST
is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
 

About Stephanie Meyer

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Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
 
Published April 21, 2010 by Back Bay Books. 651 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 37 | Positive: 32 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

The body snatchers are coming, but they just want to talk—to themselves...A clever premise and competent writing keep this from turning into a pastiche, though after a couple of hundred pages, readers may wish that just one artery would get punctured.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by AliRae on Jul 31 2012

A book well-deserving of an honoured place on the shelf of any book lover whether or not they enjoy science-fiction, as it cannot be so crudely defined as it branches across many genres effortlessly. If I could award it more than 5 stars, I would!

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Brooke on Jul 31 2009

When it's good, the novel works well, and will appeal to fans of the author's hugely bestselling Twilight series, but it is little more than a half-decent doorstep-sized chunk of light entertainment.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by AliRae on Jul 31 2012

A book well-deserving of an honoured place on the shelf of any book lover whether or not they enjoy science-fiction, as it cannot be so crudely defined as it branches across many genres effortlessly.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Brooke on Jul 31 2009

The Host veers too often into either melodrama or sheer tedium, and for much of the book, Melanie and the rest of the cast eke out an existence underground - they talk a lot, they play football, and nothing much happens.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Jul 21 2008

The Host is not great literature, perhaps, but is definitely great entertainment, with some things to think about thrown in to boot. Highly recommended as a summer read.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Jul 21 2008

Stephenie Meyer knows how to write a page-turner, expertly structuring her chapters so each one is a cliff-hanger.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Damian on May 29 2008

I rarely offer such effusive praise in a book review without some accompanying critical observations, but the fact of the matter is that when I consider my favorite books of 2008 thus far, The Host is at the top of my list.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Karin Perry on Apr 02 2008

The Host is a complex story. Not only is there a very complicated love triangle, but there is also the issue of violence in our society and how it could lead to our downfall. Stephenie Meyer makes the world the aliens created more desirable than the one we currently inhabit.

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Janine on Aug 25 2008

...the plot takes some unpredictable twists, the romantic conflict makes the love story different from any other that I’ve read

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Zack Handlen on Jun 04 2008

The novel dips in and out of painfully trite romantic clichés, and a 300-page chunk in the midsection bogs down considerably under the weight of soap-opera meandering.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Jeff Giles on May 02 2008

The Host starts rolling again in its last hundred pages and Meyer's affirmative life lesson is disarming. If only the rest of the book had as much soul.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill

I found The Host to be surprisingly well-written, and definitely worth my time. I'd give it a try - whether you're a fan of the Twilight series or not.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicki Gerlach

The Host is a vivid, absorbing, and compellingly readable story, told from a unique perspective by a convincing narrative voice.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Jun 15 2014

Parents need to know that this sci-fi story by the author of the Twilight series may be marketed to adults, but the content is still mild enough for teen Twilight fans.

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Love Vampires

Excellent

Avoiding the obvious sci-fi clichés it concentrates on humanity and the human emotions experienced by an alien invader who really wants to be human. A great read - even if it doesn’t have any vampires in it…

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SF Signal

Good
Reviewed by Larry Ketchersid on Oct 22 2008

For Stargate fans who want to read about a world where the parasites actually won (and are “nice”), or for Romance fans who like a like a little bit of fantasy and don’t mind the lack of science fact in their aliens. Definitely for Meyer’s army of Twilight fans. For the rest: it is a “beach read”.

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Bookalicious

Above average
Reviewed by Tara Clark on Mar 07 2013

There is a ton of action in this book and a lot of good points made about what defines us as human beings. There is also plenty of romance, but it is much stronger than the Bella-Edward story.

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Shades of Sentience

Good
Reviewed by Katharine Stubbs on Feb 27 2013

Overall, The Host is engaging and a quick read, a window of study into how humans react to baser instincts when under threat. It’s a light-dystopian, focusing almost completely on the characters rather than the world and what the world has become.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by tmclark on May 10 2015

I think that The Host is an amazing book. I would recommend the book to people who love reading fiction and love stories An unseen enemy that takes over the minds of humans while leaving there body’s intact. The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Leena_ink on Jun 14 2014

This masterpiece can unquestionably entice readers of all genres and ages. The Host is undeniably a great read!

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Keri Withington on Dec 29 2009

People who have read the Twilight series might be disappointed because there are no vampires or werewolves. However, a lot of the plotlines and themes are similar to Meyers's earlier books. And although people won't be as obsessed with the individual characters, you can tell that Meyer is a more experienced author now...

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sherri LaPonsie on May 05 2009

The one thing I am waiting for is the second one, I am hoping for another gripping, non-stop page turner like The Host, which leave an opening for another book, so I can only hope that is what Stephenie Meyer is going for.

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Fantasy Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen Messham on May 09 2015

If Melanie and Wanderers troubles do not grab you from the start it would be a hard book to finish, but I think the author has done a brilliant job of tearing us between both of the protagonists in this story, forcing us to read and read until we have a conclusion...if you enjoyed any of the Twilight saga I’m certain you will enjoy this.

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The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by Thea on May 20 2008

I loved this book, and definitely recommend it, especially to those who are familiar with Ms. Meyer’s writing style. Fans of her Twilight series will be pleased with this entry.

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Popcorn Reads

Good
Reviewed by MK on Jun 14 2014

I read every night until I had double vision...I loved it, even though it was radically different from the Twilight series, and literally couldn't put it down.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Good
Reviewed by Robert on May 14 2008

Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” is storytelling at its finest—fiction that is easily identifiable, emotionally gripping, and immensely entertaining.

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Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Graeme Flory on May 10 2008

I think a sad ending would have made the romance all the more poignant. Despite all this though I enjoyed reading ‘The Host’, while I don’t think I would read anymore of her stuff I’d recommend it to anyone who’s already a fan.

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly on Apr 01 2010

The Host is a powerful love story with some action and adventure along the way... It is written in typical Stephenie Meyer style; ie, very descriptive, lots of time spent on emotions and feelings. I love how her writing makes you feel what the characters are feeling...I would recommend giving The Host a try. It is excellent!

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Book Yurt

Good
on Apr 17 2013

...in the end, while this book may be light on sci-fi tech and explanation, and heavy on the romance, as a story of humanity, and as a love story between two friends, it really, really works.

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Reviewed by hiker on Feb 22 2014

The Host is a character driven story which leaves the reader rooting for all sides at once and maybe just wishing that a happy ending were possible, for everyone. Best known for the Twilight series, Meyer took a risk with this change of direction....Meyer did so without missing a beat...Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Reading Teen

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Feb 23 2010

This book was amazing! A very inventive, thoughtful, clever, and powerful read...One of the most compelling writers of our time, Stephanie Meyer brings us a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence love and the very essence of what it means to be human.

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Reading Rants

Above average
Reviewed by Jen Hubert on May 20 2008

...Meyer treads some of the same supernatural romantic love triangle ground she traveled so well in her enormously popular Twilight series. If you liked those books, you’re gonna love this one. Personally, Meyer’s melodramatic dialogue drove me a little nuts, but I did dig her descriptions of Wanderer’s past worlds...

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Parental Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Nov 01 2013

...the love quadrangle was a little weird but intriguing. I loved the hostility between Ian and Jared. I would read one hundred and fifty pages a day if not more. That is a lot for a mother of five with everything I have to do in one day.

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My Favourite Books

Good
Reviewed by Liz on Nov 22 2012

A tremendous amount of internal dialogue and keen observations on human behaviour is dotted through the book. It is beautifully written and the style is consistent all the way through...It is a good book, no doubt about it. It is skilfully written with a lot of thought having gone into the society the souls press upon humanity.

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Pedantic Phooka

Excellent
Reviewed by Holjo on May 14 2012

I recommend this book to fans of Paranormal/fantasy romance in addition to SciFi romance. Stephenie has described this book as SciFi for people who don’t like SciFi and I think that is an accurate description. I got so caught up in the intensity of the relationships that I often forgot that I was reading about aliens.

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Reviewed by Lisa Damian on May 29 2008

...is a riveting page-turner that was nearly impossible to put down. It is the kind of book that kept me up reading late into the night, and when I turned the final 619th page, I still wished for more. To describe it simply as a science fiction tale about body snatchers invading earth would not do it justice. It is so much more.

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