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Good Reads: ‘The Host’

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm

A body-snatching love story from ‘Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer



Lifestyles Editor


Now that the vampire craze of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series has come to an end, it’s time to bid farewell to Edward and Bella and move on to … sci-fi?

Yup. Those who have read the “Twilight” series know they want to continue that journey into Stephanie’s Meyer’s unique world. So next up is “The Host.”

I will clear it up right now to prevent any disappointment for diehard “Twilight” fans. This book in not about vampires.

While the book still walks the line between paranormal and science fiction, instead of heading into the woods of Forks, Wash., we find ourselves in a futuristic place where aliens are running the world.

Here’s a little about the book to get you started.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie—reluctant allies—set off to search for the man they both love.

According to Meyer, the book was inspired out of “absolute boredom.” Between editing stints of the third Twilight series, “Eclipse,” Meyer hit the road.

The idea for the book came to her while on a road trip from Phoenix to Salt Lake City. On the long drive, she began to tell herself stories to keep from going insane on the long stretch of endless roads.

One story evolved into a body-snatching alien in love with the host body’s boyfriend over the host-body’s protest.

As soon as she got home she typed out her story, and the rest is history.

Although the book has been around since its debut in 2008, both “Twilight” and paranormal fans alike are still discovering it. And for me a good book is never too old to be discovered.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat. While the beginning was a little too much science fiction for my taste, once I was through the first few chapters I wasn’t able to put the book down.

Although the love story is certainly at the forefront, the relationship that evolves between Melanie Stryder and the “wanderer” that is taking up residence in her body is also interesting.

As much as you can’t stand the idea of “something” taking over the human body and actions, you can’t help but begin to feel for the wanderer as she begins to experience human feelings.

By the end, I can almost guarantee that you won’t know whom or “what” to root for, Melanie or the Wanderer.

Overall, if you’re “jonesing” for more Stephanie Meyer after “Twilight,” then “The Host” might just be the answer.

If you love the book as much as I think you will, I have some good news. A movie adaptation of the book is on the way and will hit the big screens on March 29.

So go ahead and read the book so you will be ready for the movie.

For a sneak peak of the movie, click here http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/thehost-trailer/147092/2215842423. Happy reading.


Good Reads is a weekly book review column written by staff members of The News. To suggest a book for review, email it to tnedit@lcs.net.

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