Page Turner: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

If you liked Twilight, you’ll love The Host. If you didn’t like Twilight, you still might love it. Set in a future where an alien species called souls have taken over the human race, it’s the story of the rebellion underneath.

Souls are like silver centipedes, and they depend on the bodies of hosts to survive. With numbers, cunning, and teamwork, they’ve managed to take planet after planet, and now they’ve taken Earth. The humans that remain are less than happy about it.

Melanie has been running from the souls for most of her life. Her only interaction between her and them is when she breaks into their house to steal their food. Between raising her little brother Jamie and hiding from the Seekers- souls sent to track down resisters- she’s learned not to back down from anything; she’ll fight her way through it (and then fight some more). Until one night when she could fight or run hard enough.

Wanderer has lived in eight different bodies on eight different planets and has built up quite the reputation because of it. But she hasn’t found a planet she wants to spend the rest of her life on until she came to Earth. There was just one problem- Melanie refused to leave her body.

After a lot of mental shouting matches and resistance, Wanderer gave up on trying to make Melanie disappear. And Melanie, who was not one to live in a society without at least a little bit of fighting, showed Wanderer some of her memories and it wasn’t long before they were in love with the same man, Jared, a human who still lived.

With clues left by Melanie’s uncle, the pair of them travel to the home of the human resistance, where humans work and fight to stay human. Melanie and Wanderer must fight side by side (or mind by mind) to be accepted in the human society- and to prove to Jared that Melanie wasn’t dead.

Things get complicated when a man named Ian falls in love with Wanderer- and of course Jared is in love with Melanie. Stephanie Meyer loves love triangles after all. (Except this is more like a complicated love square.)

As things heat up between the humans and tragedy strikes, Wanderer realizes how wrong it was for her race to take over the humans. And not just because of lousy television (honestly, what’s the point of watching sports when fights don’t break out on the sidelines?). She must decide if she wants to stay in Melanie’s body or give it up and give up being human.

As much as I loved Twilight (yes, I did, deal with it), The Host is much better. It’s easier to like both the love interests as well as the protagonist. Written with more creativity and elegance, The Host can keep you reading until you finish. It’s great for teens and adults alike.

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