The Host by Stephenie Meyer (review by Naomi M. ’16)

The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earth has been invaded by aliens. Rather, it is less of an invasion than an occupation. These particular aliens, called souls, survive by attaching themselves to a host, and controlling the body. Melanie Strider is a part of the human resistance, along with her younger brother Max and boyfriend Jared. They’re on their way to meet up with a larger group of humans in a secret camp in the desert when Melanie is captured and given a soul. This soul, named Wanderer, and Melanie become friends, and together they escape and set out for the camp. Because it is believed that a human could not survive with a soul, their welcome is tepid. Eventually, the humans accept Wanderer. Stephenie Meyer has done a wonderful job illustrating the intricacies of friendship, love, acceptance, and what it means to be human. Both Melanie and Wanderer are opposite, yet both strong, well-written characters. The Host is a wonderful novel for anyone who enjoys action, romance, and science fiction. – Naomi M. ‘16

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