Summary from Goodreads:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, 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.
Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts 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 yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.
Earth has been invaded by Souls who take over human bodies. Melanie who is one of the few human resistance is captured and Wanderer is put into her body. Melanie doesn't fade away like most humans do she stays and soon Wanderer and Melanie set out to find Melanie's family.
Wow. This book is something special and after reading it it reminds me why I started going to the bookstore and buying all these books in the first place. Stephenie Meyer has a way with words and The Host is her best book yet. It was captivating and the story was so well thought out and developed I couldn't put it down and even when I had to it's all I could think about. I loved this book so much!
The Host is full of amazing characters. Each one from main to the underdogs and characters who don't have much dialogue are all well developed and their own person. It was amazing how Stephenie did that considering there are quite a few characters in this book.
Melanie Stryder was a character who I loved in the beginning and loved even more at the end of the book. She's feisty and isn't afraid to throw a punch or two. I really loved her flashbacks in the beginning of the book and even wished their had been more. My opinion on her shifted a but in the middle of the book. I thought she was a bit self-centered at times. She was so consumed by her love for Jamie and Jared that I felt at times she only thought of herself. I was proved wrong by the end of the book just how not self-centered Melanie was. Melanie was an amazing character and by the end of it all I loved her to bits.
Wanda was the opposite at the beginning I didn't really like her but then as things progressed and she started to change I found that I loved her even more than I loved Melanie. She was such an amazing character and I loved how she always put everyone else ahead of her even when they tried to kill her! She was so selfless and her love for all the humans in The Host was so great. Despite being a soul and not liking violence Wanda found her own way to be badass. She wasn't throwing punches and shooting people but she was strong in a different way than anyone else. Wanda has to be one of my new favorite protagonists.
The whole relationship between Melanie and Wanda was fantastic. I don't know how Stephanie did it but she was able to make Melanie's voice stand out despite not being herself. I loved it because you could always tell who was speaking what when it came to the internal stuff. To me it could have been something that may have gotten confusing and hard to keep straight at times but with The Host it was easy and it all just flowed naturally.
Jared and Ian were characters who I loved in different ways. Jared I was so intrigued by and loved in Melanie's memories but when we actually meet Jared he's so different than from what Melanie remembers. He's very hard and cold which was so different from the man who had hope and was always smiling. I honestly didn't really care for Jared throughout the book. It wasn't that I hated him because I didn't he was so intriguing but I just wanted to slap him sometimes because he was such a jerk. Okay so I understand why he was so upset but he could have dialed it down just a tad. He comes around though and I really did love this character despite wanting to slap him a few times.
Ian on the other hand I loved right away. This character...holy moly he made me feel so many different emotions. He was sweet and caring and yeah he was hard in the beginning and wanted Wanda dead but then he saw her for her. He was amazing and the way he cared for Wanda made my heart warm. I was more invested in Wanda and Ian than I was in Jared and Melanie's relationship. I just loved Wanda and Ian so much! I could gush about the two for hours and I'm not even kidding.
"It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body but the things you do with it. You are beautiful."
Stephenie Meyer wrote a 619 page long book that not once dragged. This book wasn't little and not once did I wonder when will it end instead I was wondering why couldn't it be longer? This book was just so amazing! I knew that I loved Stephenie Meyer's writing I mean I've devoured and reread her other books many times but this one...this one was something entirely different. Her writing really shinned in this book and if I wasn't a huge fan before--which I was by the way--I'm an even bigger fan now.
For the sake of not ruining this amazing book I won't discuss the plot other than to say it was mind blowing and amazing and not once did I see something coming. Stephenie Meyer has truly written a gem and The Host is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. Everyone needs to read this book. Don't push it aside thinking "Oh it's just another Twilight." Because people this book is so much more and so much better than Twilight. Read this book and fall in love with the characters. You will laugh, cry, gasp and feel so glad you read it.