I think its too bad this book got "swept under the rug" because of Twilight. It's sorta slow in the beginning, but once it picks up it REALLY picks up. I absolutely loved this book; nearly as much as Twilight! I've never been into the sci-fi alien theme - I've always been for vampires and werewolves - but The Host was an excellent read. It really makes you think about what makes us human. I would recommend for anyone.
Most people are focused on Meyers "twilight" series, so few have read "The Host". It is a rough start, is gets very scifi'ish in the beginning. But if you just give it a chance and get thru the first part, you will fall in love with the characters. I was swept away by them, it is an amazing love story that conquers even the worse of circumstances.
I read the twilight series and did enjoy them though I wasn't sure I was ready for another like it. This was nothing like it. Because the book is so thick, I found myself shelving it for other quicker reads. I'm glad I finally picked it up. The story was a unique concept and a great read. The only flaw was once again I wanted to slap the female lead character for being so weak. I found myself shouting, "grow a backbone!" but the true character behind the host was just that. All in all, excellent read and another great book by Stephanie Meyer.
I thought that The Host was better than the Twilight series. I felt more attached to Melanie and Wanderer (Wanda) then I ever did to Bella and Edward.
The book follows Wanda, and Melanie, as Wanda's alien race takes over Earth to solve all of the problems that the humans created (ex. war, pollution, etc). Wanda discovers that the "host" that she occupies, Melanie, has not completely left her mind. Through out the book Wanda struggles with Melanie's rebellion in her mind to take her body back.
There is a very complicated love triangle (or square) that is involved in the story. What happens to Wanda and what happens to the remaining humans left on Earth is very moving. The reaction of them is very true to humanity. I think this book is a must read, especially if you are a Stephenie Meyer fan. I've read this book several times and I enjoy it every single time.
I talked to someone who felt like there were Mormon undertones in this book (Wanda being a "pure soul"), but the abstinence message in Twilight can be seen as a Mormon undertone as well. I didn't notice it because I was too wrapped up in the story. A great pleasure read.
The book has a rough start. You have to push through the choppy beginning. Once you are past the first quarter of the book - you get hooked on the story.
I became really admired the main character - she even made me tear up a little at the end. I'm so glad I read this book. I just loved the story. (4.5 stars)