The Host (The Host #1)by Stephenie Meyer
Published May 6th 2008
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Ah, what can I say about The Host. I love this book. It is one of my "go to" books on a lazy day, when I have nothing else to read. I read somewhere that this story is science fiction for those who don't think they like science fiction - and I couldn't agree more.
I am not a fan of aliens in the slightest, but this book isn't just about aliens. It's about love, compassion, and strength of different kinds. Its a very sweet book. Wanderer is an alien, a soul, and Melanie is her host body who refuses to fade away. They work beautifully together and you genuinely empathize with both of them throughout the novel, which is hard to believe.
The only negative about the book is that you have to stick with it, the beginning seems to drag endlessly without any real action taking place. Stick with it!!! The story gets better and it has a great ending that satisfies the wants and needs of both Wanderer and Melanie.