The Host

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer, is an exciting and thought-provoking post-invasion story.

It’s been years since parasitic aliens calling themselves “Souls” have invaded Earth and taken over. Once a “Soul” is placed in a human host, the alien takes over and suppresses the human’s mind. But when Wanderer awakes in her new body, she finds that her human host isn’t so easily overcome. Melanie, her younger brother, and the man that she loves have been in hiding; and she’ll do anything to get back to them, even resist the alien parasite that has taken over her body.

The parasitic “Souls” are easy to dislike at first. But Meyer has given the alien race such a rich and colorful backstory that is truly fascinating. And Wanderer is a unique “Soul” who soon finds herself caring for the same people as her host, and finding herself torn between ties to her own people and the humans.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a stirring, science fiction tale that has made me go through so many emotions. The Host is a deep and beautiful story, and very different from Meyer’s popular, young adult series. This is a rare story that made me stop and think about the choices that are made and what I would do in their place. Intense, exciting, dramatic, and inspiring, I’d highly recommend this novel to any reader, not only science fiction fans.

The Host releases in bookstores everywhere, May 6th from Little, Brown and Company.

53 thoughts on “The Host”

  1. I really like Stephenie’s books and now you actually made me want to read this new one, which I was afraid to buy because I’m not really a scifi girl. But this one seems to be worth a read.
    Thanks for the review!


  3. I am a HUGE fan of her other series Twilight and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this book.

  4. Thanks thanks!!, though im just 17yrs old (and a FILIPINA) i’ve been also waiting for this book. Stephenies books helped me develop:emotionally, mentally and physically. So thanks for the heads up! i’m sure that this book will soon take me to another diff. path for the betterment of my life.

    Shout out for the Twilighters!!!!

  5. the host is out basically everywhere but the states
    and i read it. and holy crap, its amazing! and so addicting. and yes, its very different from twilight, so no one can really compare and say which is better.
    a lot of people are gonna like it, im sure.

  6. I LOVE the twighlight series and have already preordered The Host. i cant wait to read it.

  7. OMG!! I just cannot wait for The Host to come out! I finished reading Twilight about 4 months ago but I’m still re-reading them! It’s the 23rd time I’ve read Twilight! I’m just obssesed….. Stephenie Meyer ROX!!! She’s my role model. I don’t know if I will write books like hers, but a girl can dream right?

  8. Though I’m still young, 14 to be exact, I can’t wait for The Host!!! I’ve been counting down the days and I think I’ll go crazy if I don’t get one!All I’ve heard have been good comments about it. Thanks for the awesome review!!!!!!

  9. This is so copasetic!!! I Can’t wait for Host to come out. I come on the internet all the time just to see if May 6th is coming any closer. Only 5 more days, I’m so exstatic!

  10. I can’t wait for this to come out. I’m not a sci-fi reader (except Orson Scott Card’s books)but this book is defiantly something I’m looking for.

  11. i totally LOVE this book. i read it in one sitting. even the thought of school the next day couldn’t stop me. if you loved Twilight you will LOVE the host. Meyer can add to it if she wants it’s so good! i would read a second one!

  12. I can’t wait until this comes out! I am a HUGE fan of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse! Stephenie only continues to astound me! I really, really, really want to read the Host!!!

  13. Im only 16 soon to be 17(im also a Filipina) .. but anyway.. the book arrived early here in my country. I was super excited when i got a text message from my favorite bookstore that the book i reserved which was “host” finally arrived. The next day i was able to purhase a copy of the book..
    **and after days of non stop reading i finished it and i super love it.. its just sad that i finished the book before may 6 (the actual release date of the book)..**
    I recommend this book to every one who loves stephenie meyer and her works.
    * Oh yeah im not a sci-fan but hey i love this book with my whole heart..definitely a good read* HAVE FUN!

  14. this books sounds veyr much like “Invasion of the BOdy Snatchers” by Jack Finney (if anyone is interested) that has been written in the 60’s, BY THE WAY!!!

  15. Excellent book. Definitely not Twilight retold with aliens. It is a fascinating and captivating story in its own right.

  16. I was never into Sci-fi, I only checked out this book because I loved Twilight (being a tweener and all). I had school the next day but I was unable to put the book down once I started reading it and I read and read and read till about 4 in the morning and my eye lid will not stay open.
    It is my favourite book!

  17. Yes, this is an amazing book. I got it for my birthday (I’m a teenager) Saturday and had it finished by Tuesday. I loved the whole plot and the characters and found myself wishing there was more when I was done! Definetely as good as or better than Twilight.

  18. Wonderful book….can’t put it down once you’re into the
    story. Takes a slow read at first to understand the Souls but once you’re into the story, wow. Read it!

  19. everyone says it’s really good.
    however my bffl (who i most agree on with books) says it wasn’t that great.

    it sounds really good & since this is Stephenie Meyer we’re talking about, im pretty sure i’ll like it.

    Hmmmm… this will be the 8th B-Dy present i’ll be asking 4 from my parents this year.

  20. The Host was freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It made me feel so many different and very strong emotions. I cried so hard at the end as well. Only a few exceptional books are able to make a person feel so strongly. Stephenie Meyer is amazing!!!!

  21. wow.. the host was amazing. it was so different from what i had expected and so different from what I was used to from the Twilight series. Stephanie Meyer is a genius when it comes to writing books. I really hope they make a movie off this book.. that would be incredible

  22. This book is amazing! I cant even put it down and read it at work also when I can sneak 5 minutes off the phones. Keep up the good work Stephanie Meyer!!!

  23. theres so much to say about this book!!!!

    its just truly uhmazing and ‘out of this world’ ;]
    (literaly) haha =D you’ll absolutly LOVE it.
    words can’t even describe as to how i feel about the book (the twilight series as well) =]

  24. OMG!!!! YES! YES! YES! this is the ISHIZZLE!!!!! mayyyuunn!! TWILIGHT AND THE HOST IS IIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!

  25. OMG this book is amazing!!!
    i cant say its better than twilight but its on that same level. mysterious but with a great ending

  26. i don’t like sci fiction.
    i was a litle hessitant at readingg itt cuz as i said before im not that big in sci ficition.
    but i thought i mine as well try itt cuz i love to read and it was amazingg, well im not done yett but still it’s really gooooooood 🙂
    read ittt.

  27. I really love the host I just finished! I wish she would make more of the host. Its such a great book im going to start reading it again! Anyone that hasnt read it should!!

  28. I am In LOVE with Stephenie Meyer’s books. THis may sound crazy, but I haven’t even read any. My friend Cullenfan#1 is so in love with Twilight and the other books in the saga that every time I say Cullen, she stares into space and dreams of marrying Edward. From, Someone who will never put another comment on this page most likely, Twilight Fan #1

  29. Better than Twilight!!! Sorry to all you die hard fans, but this book is a million times more deep and emotional than Twilight could ever hope to be.

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