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.
Once again, Stephenie Meyer has written an amazing, compelling novel for adults and teenagers alike. Even though it's marketed as an adult book, it's suitable for the YA audience as well.
The characters are exactly what we've come to expect from Stephenie: they're realistic, compassionate and, ultimately, driven by love in all forms. The love triangle involving only two bodies is a new and exciting idea, which really draws you into the story, and adds the romance to this sci-fi novel.
I feel that The Host did start off quite slowly, and it took me a few chapters to get into it. However, once I'd gotten past the first hundred or so pages, I was unable to put it down. Also, as many reviewers have mentioned, Stephenie's writing has definitely improved since writing Eclipse. That can only mean good things for us Meyer fans...
It's nowhere near as good as The Twilight Saga (but, then again, what is!?), and I really hope that Stephenie writes the sequels (The Soul and The Seeker) soon, as I'm dying to get back to Wanda and Ian.
Every fan of Twilight or Stephenie Meyer should go and buy this book - then lend it to your daughter or your Mother. It's perfect for everyone.