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(June 08, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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As a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse Series, I was surprised to see a new book by Mrs. Meyer on the shelf when making a routine pass through the bookstore. I guess she gave Edward and Jacob time to cool off or just wanted to stay very busy, but she’s written a new science fiction book, The Host.

Naturally, I grabbed a copy to check it out, and to kill a bit of time until Breaking Dawn is released on August 2nd. If you’re jotting down dates, you can put December 12, 2008 on the calendar as well – the Twilight movie will be released that day (Hurray!).

But aside from distracting myself from Bella’s love triangle, I was intrigued by the Host. Before you rush out to grab your own copy, you should realize that it is technically a novel written for adults – and there are no vampires. Aliens - yes, but gorgeous hunks of cold love? Nope! But if your parents agree that you’re ready for it, The Host is an excellent way to wait for the final installment of Eclipse.

The Basic Story

Melanie is one of the last remaining humans on Earth. Oh, there are human bodies still up and running, but the bodies are simply hosts for aliens. These aliens aren’t little green men; they are virtually invisible souls that can affix in any living organism. Earth was taken over almost silently by the invaders, but when the “wild” humans realized what was happening, a resistance formed.

Melanie was one of the last wild humans, and she was captured after a desperate struggle. One of the strongest invaders, Wanderer, was placed into Melanie after her body was healed from her failed suicide attempt. Wander was warned that humans are hard to inhabit as they are so emotional, but nobody was prepared for how hard Melanie would be.

Normally human souls of the host humans are suppressed by the invader, but Melanie refuses to let go. Her body is inhabited by her own spirit – and that of the alien Wanderer.

The Fight

Wanderer is charged with using Melanie’s memories to find the last pockets of human resistance - including her love and her younger brother. But Melanie has thrown her heart and soul into protecting them with her mind. She’s fighting the alien presence in her mind and winning.

Soon Wanderer finds herself seeing the man Melanie loves in her dreams and her waking hours. Melanie’s thoughts and emotions are becoming her own. The two fighting so viciously inside Melanie’s body soon find themselves in love with the same man – and at war with outside forces.

Wanderer is among the most respected of her kind. Only she was thought to have the strength to win out over the “reluctant host.” But soon it becomes clear that things are not so simple. Who will win? Melanie, who’s fighting for her soul and very existence? Wanderer, who’s trying to do her job and find peace in her host? Or love which has no boundaries – and no rules.


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DeadlyMuffin_S

105/Female
Oconto, WI
Posted On: June 27, 2008
I've read all the Twilight books except for Breaking Dawn, obviously because it isn't out yet, and I love them all! I also got The Host, but I haven't got around to reading it. I'll probably read it after I finish Breaking Dawn. Stephenie Meyer is an amazing author!
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kv_92

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 18, 2008
The Host is a really good book. I loved every page. Stephenie Meyer is amazing author. Everytime I read one of her books I can feel all the emotion that she put into her books.
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 16, 2008
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 16, 2008
sounds cool cant wait ot read it
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: June 15, 2008
wanted something to read so i could wait for breaking dawn but know i finished the host in a week now what shoul i read till august

ps ive read the three twilight books at least 10 times over
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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 14, 2008
I loved Jamie. I felt so bad for him when he was getting attached to Wanderer.

And S-dawg, Keara? Should I be concerned?
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Anybodys

22/Female
West Covina, CA
Posted On: June 13, 2008
Um, not bashing, but it's the TWILIGHT series, not Eclipse, Eclipse is the third book, and was suposed to be the last in the series, but Meyer said "to heck with that" and wrote a fourth. Now that that's outa the way, I loved that book, too. I was kinda offened by how humans were just suposed to take all this, and was rooting for Melanie. The Seeker is hilarious! And, no, people, suspected that Melanie would be hard to control, once Wanderer told Kathy(her Comferter) of the situation. Remember Kevin? But, just becasue the characters are, like, 20 and 30, doesn't nesecarily mean that it's an adualt novel. Sure, it's listed under that genra, but, I don't see anything "adult"(at least, profanity adult) about it, aside from the character's ages. Except for Jaime. I also can't wait for the movie or "Breaking Dawn". Good article, although some of your points were incorrect.

Signed in Blood,

Aria
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yruodag

26/Female
Muncy, PA
Posted On: June 13, 2008
omg!! i love the twilight series!!!! they are awesome!!

If you like twilight so... much , check out the Fantastic Twi-Hards on youtube!! They talk everything Twilight!!!
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SILLYx_LoveSon

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 12, 2008
Haha. Oh god.

I tried to make my mom read Twilight and she couldn't stand it.

She lets me buy almost anything anyway...she doesn't really care. But thanks for the help, S-dawg!

=]

Haha, S-dawg. Sorry...I'm ridiculously bored.

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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 12, 2008
It's adult because it has some references to "adult themes". There's nothing too bad, but your parents should probably read it before you. It's an amazing book, and it's worth the wait.
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cherry101_1

104/Female
Bahamas, The
Posted On: June 11, 2008
wow im shocked to find a nother myers fan i love her books ill get this book after finishing eclipse and seeing twilight the moive ^.^
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: June 11, 2008
Why IS it adult? Now I haven't read this 'Twighlight' or 'The host'. (Shocking I know!) But both sound interesting, I'll be sure to be on the look out. I just LOVE sci-fi!
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SILLYx_LoveSon

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 11, 2008
I need something to hold my attention while I wait for Breaking Dawn. Now that I've read all the books at least six times...maybe than an exaggeration...but anyway.

The Host sounds good. But...I wonder why it's an adult novel?
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: June 11, 2008
ive read it and im only 14 it really is good and shows how accepting we all could be

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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 11, 2008
I've read The Host, and I seriously recommend it. I started questioning the need for sleep so that I could stay up and read it.

But I warn you, it's addictive. There's no Edward, but Stephenie does just as good as a job (in my opinion) in this book that she did with Twilight.
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