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Review and Blog Tour: The Host

June 2, 2009

The Host

The Earth is being taken over by aliens, who use human bodies as hosts for their souls.  Melanie and her brother, Jamie,  are running to avoid being taken over by an alien when they encounter Jared, another rebel.  The three of them band together and become like a family.

Melanie sees her cousin on TV one day and realizes she hasn’t been taken over by an alien (you can tell by the eyes) and decides she needs to go find her and bring her into their fold.  While Melanie is out, she is discovered by a “Seeker” and throws herself down an elevator shaft to avoid being captured.  Her body is recovered and healed and the soul of an alien named Wanderer is implanted into her body.

Wanderer/Melanie lead a simple life teaching about other worlds these aliens live in at the college level.  Wanderer is supposed to search Melanie’s thoughts to find out where other rebels are and report her findings to a Seeker.  Melanie’s personality is strong, though, so Wanderer meets with resistance.  Wanderer is told to report to Tucson and claims to be afraid to fly so that she can drive.   She has developed a kinship with Melanie and decides to abandon her car and search in the desert for Jared and Jamie.

Much to her surprise, Wanderer discovers a rebel camp and they take her in – initially for research purposes, but things get complicated when people in the camp start to become fond of her.  Wanderer also has feelings for many of the rebels and at times her emotions conflict with Melanie’s.  There are other humans who resent her presence and want to kill her.

The rebels survive by staging raids on the aliens.  Jamie injures his leg on a raid, and it becomes seriously infected.  Wanderer insists on going on a raid to help find medications to save him.  Wanderer decides to tell the rebels how to remove a soul from a human body without harming the soul or the human.  They in turn must agree to remove her soul from Melanie’s body and send all the souls they remove to another planet so that they can survive.  You need to read the book to find out what happens next.

When The Host by Stephenie Meyer arrived and I discovered that it is science fiction and over 600 pages long, I wondered what I had gotten myself into.  I quickly found out there was no need to be worried.  Even though this book is science fiction, it’s not technical, filled with unfamiliar words or “way out” there.  For me, it was a great story about relationships and accepting others for who they are on the inside rather than for what they look like on the outside.  I found this book to be engaging and thought provoking.  This is my first experience with Stephenie Meyer’s work and if her other books are like this, I can see why they sell so well – she’s a great storyteller.  You really get your money’s worth with this book!  An excerpt of The Host is available on Stephenie Meyer’s website.

The Host will be touring on blogs all through the month of June.  It was featured on Twilight Lexicon yesterday and will be on My Friend Amy tomorrow.

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42 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2009 5:18 am

    I LOVED this book!! (Curious why it is Blog Touring now though). I read it last year and thought it was amazing. I read the first 2 Twilight books, and while I enjoyed them for the fluff they are, this book really hit home with me.

  2. June 2, 2009 5:22 am

    I agree with you that it does bring up that topic of loving somebody for a spirit and mind vs. their physical appearance. I hadn’t really thought about that!

    Sheri

  3. June 2, 2009 6:13 am

    I also liked the idea of loving for who someone is, rather than what they look like. I liked this book, too – I got a little frustrated with Wanda sometimes, but overall I enjoyed it.

  4. June 2, 2009 6:26 am

    I believe you nailed this book exactly!! For me, I loved it hands down and thought it was 100x’s better than Twilight. I don’t normally read sci-fi but this one had such a wonderful relationship element between Mel and Wanderer that I couldn’t help but love them both!!

  5. June 2, 2009 7:38 am

    Sounds like a complex and interesting read. I have an irrational fear of stuff like this since The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I must admit I am curious as to how it ends.

  6. June 2, 2009 8:10 am

    Wow! I don’t know how you got all this done. If you like it, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to like it too. I actually need to get moving on it since it is so long!

  7. June 2, 2009 8:18 am

    I enjoyed The Host bunches more than Twilight and I really liked Twilight. I think with this book, Meyer grew a lot as a writer. It’s a really good audio read as well. Glad you liked it!

  8. June 2, 2009 8:41 am

    I won this book awhile back and have been hesitant to dive into it as I’m not a sci-fi reader. I’m glad to hear that you liked it and I’m going to bump it up on my TBR pile.

  9. June 2, 2009 8:41 am

    600 pages is overwhelming, but I agree it goes by quickly. I enjoyed this book and glad you did too.

  10. June 2, 2009 8:43 am

    I found The Host to be significantly better than Twilight – if you haven’t read that series yet, I’d be interested to hear your opinion. Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. June 2, 2009 10:39 am

    I’ve heard mixed reviews of The Twilight series and have been reluctant to read Meyer as a result. But, I admit this story sounds quite interesting and compelling. Like Nicole, I’m curious about what the end is now so I may have to add this to my TBR pile. 🙂

  12. June 2, 2009 10:40 am

    My d-i-l was raving about this book recently and said just about the same thing in terms of not discarding the book because I don’t like science fiction or Stephanie Meyers. She was trying to sell me on it as a relationship book. Very good review.

  13. June 2, 2009 11:12 am

    I’m not at all drawn to the Twilight books but I’ve long wondered if this is one I’d like. Thanks for the great review – perhaps this is one for me!

  14. June 2, 2009 11:59 am

    Great Blog Tour. I am so glad you liked the book. I am picking it up to savor over this coming weekend! I am looking forward to reading Stephenie Meyers adult fiction opposed to the YA Twilight series which I am a HUGE HUGE fan of!

  15. June 2, 2009 1:10 pm

    I gave you an award at my blog!

  16. June 2, 2009 3:44 pm

    I have been hesitant about reading The Host (haven’t read Twilight yet either), but I think I might take a peak at it next time I’m at the bookstore. I just might pick it up – sounds like you really enjoyed it.

  17. June 2, 2009 4:59 pm

    Well I’ll have to give it a chance. I don’t usually like SciFi so I haven’t read this Meyer book yet. But after reading your review, I’ll have to at least think about reading it.

  18. June 2, 2009 7:55 pm

    I’ve got the Twilight series already and need to pick up this one.

  19. June 2, 2009 8:44 pm

    i listened to the host in january on audio. i had a hard time getting into it–especially after expecting a twilight-esque read–but got sucked after the first 50 pages. i enjoyed the story even though it’s not something i would normally pick up.

  20. June 2, 2009 9:04 pm

    I tried The Host shortly after it came out, and I didn’t have much luck (phobia of big, chunky books), but having read your review I think maybe I’ll give it another go!

  21. June 2, 2009 9:11 pm

    Great review Kathy. I liked the book as well although it wasn’t my favorite of hers-I still prefer the Twilight series.

  22. June 2, 2009 9:58 pm

    I enjoyed THE HOST much more than the TWILIGHT series, which is surprising considering I really didn’t find the description of it that interesting! I’m glad I gave it a chance!

  23. June 2, 2009 10:28 pm

    I haven’t read any Stephanie Meyer yet, so I am happy to be diving into The Host for this blog tour. My stop isn’t until the 28th, but it is a long one so I’ll need to get started soon. So glad you enjoyed it, great review!

    It was so fun to meet you and Carl last weekend. I hope your 30th anniversary trip was wonderful!!

  24. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 2, 2009 10:53 pm

    Okay. I read Twilight last year and thought it was good, but really didn’t think I’d ever finish the series. Just not enough appeal for me. But now reading your review and everyone’s comments I’m thinking I should give this one a chance. Must be why they are doing the tour now 🙂

  25. June 3, 2009 12:15 am

    Meyer did such a better job with The Host than she did with the Twilight series. I loved how she explores the idea of a person’s soul or spirit and how an individual is defined as much by that spirit as by their physical body.

    The Host is so much better than Twilight. If you do read them, don’t expect any depth. Treat them as pop trash fluff and they’re fine!!

  26. June 3, 2009 1:51 am

    I loved this one – it truly is science fiction for those who don’t read science fiction. My mom even read it and loved it – and she HATES sci-fi. 🙂

  27. June 3, 2009 5:33 am

    I’ve heard many people say that Stephanie Meyer is not a good writer. The fact is she pulls you in with her stories. I’m glad you like it. Do check out the Twilight series, they are very entertaining.

  28. June 3, 2009 10:07 am

    Having just extricated myself from Meyer’s Twilight series (totally addictive and easy to read) I can see that perhaps I will have to check this one out! Oh, Stephenie Meyer … what will you do to me???

  29. June 3, 2009 6:38 pm

    The idea of this one kind of freaks me out but I like Meyer enough that I may try it anyway someday.

  30. June 3, 2009 9:55 pm

    I have waiting to read this book! I’m way down on the library request list. Great review.

  31. June 3, 2009 10:03 pm

    I’ve been waiting to see what you thought of this book. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I agree with others who commented, none of the Twilight books were nearly as good as The Host. (imho)

  32. June 4, 2009 2:20 pm

    I really loved this book…I almost want to say that I liked it more than the Twilight series.

  33. June 4, 2009 11:48 pm

    I didn’t read anybody else’s comments but I liked that it was marketed as science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction. Overall, I liked The Host but think that it was probably a good 100 pages to long. My husband hated it. Interestingly enough, he really likes the Twilight series.

  34. June 5, 2009 4:57 pm

    I was a little hesitant about the sci-fi label, but I ended up really enjoying this read. I was also worried because I don’t like the Twilight series at all, but this book seems to almost be written by a different person. The themes are much more mature in The Host and I felt the characters were better developed.
    Thanks for the terrific review!

  35. Buttercup permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:30 am

    Haven’t read the “Twilight” books, but this looks great. It’s now on my reading list.

  36. June 12, 2009 10:22 am

    I really loved this book and the brilliant story telling abilities of Meyer. I completely fell in love with Wanda and her struggle. I even really cared about Melanie. I think I enjoyed The Host a lot better than the Twilight Series (although I did like them a lot).

  37. June 17, 2009 10:53 am

    I really enjoyed this one. I read it when it first came out, and I was surprised it was a quick read. It gives you a lot to ponder without being hard sci-fi, which was a plus for me. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too.

    –Anna

  38. June 19, 2009 12:26 pm

    I haven’t read this yet but really enjoyed the Twilight series and have been hearing even better things about The Host.

  39. Heather permalink
    June 25, 2009 3:53 am

    This sounds like a great book!

  40. November 4, 2009 3:08 am

    The book drags in places; nevertheless I still enjoyed it.

    I think it is superior to the Twilight stuff anyway. If there are more books in the series, I would definitely give it a go

  41. May 29, 2012 12:15 am

    So surprised you read this one! If you liked it, I probably would too!

  42. May 30, 2012 1:55 pm

    This doesn’t seem like a book you’d read but I’m glad you liked it. I did not like the Twilight books too much even though they are totally readable and very popular, so I avoided this one. Strange that they are doing a tour for it now when it came out so long ago.

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