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Publisher's Note:

The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their 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 b…

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

Overall Book Review:

The Host is a science fiction novel, but one that concentrates less on the technical terms of space travel and more on the emotions and relationships experienced by the characters.  Stephenie Meyer has a gift for characterization that she has demonstrated throughout her writing career, and it has endeared her to millions of fans.  Her characters in this novel are people, and aliens, that the reader can invest in and care about.   They demonstrate creativity and the ability to endure as they deal with the downfall of civilization and learn to hope from a most unlikely source.

Meyer’s gift for dialogue is also front and center in this most unusual story wherein dialogue takes place between two different characters that inhabit the same body, but perhaps most entertaining is the way the author describes and builds the plot around the different kinds of love we as humans feel in the many different relationships we are a part of.  Romantic love, family love, and the love experienced between friends are all well represented in this story about human resistance to the alien race that has taken over our planet.  However, love is definitely not the only emotion explored within these pages.  The action and suspense is peppered with fear, hate, jealousy, and excitement as the plot unfolds to its surprising conclusion.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  16 mild obscenities; 1 scatological word.

Violence/Gore:  Several threats of death/violence are given by and to various characters; three incidences of fantasy violence involving alien species on other planets; several incidences of characters punching, kicking, or fighting other characters; secondhand report of character shot in the head; a few non-life threatening injuries/medical procedures involving blood;  three extended scenes in which mild violence is depicted including, but not limited to, an attempted strangulation, a character held at knifepoint, and one character trying to drown another character

Sex/Nudity:  Several instances of flirting, cuddling and kissing, one such scene in extended and includes a discussion referring to birth control, this scene takes place between a character that is 17 and a character that is 26; one character who is an alien speaks of human mating instincts; a few scenes depict male and female characters ‘making out’.

Mature Subject Matter:

War; suicide; death of family members and friends; euthanasia.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

One character is reported to have gotten drunk.  Whiskey is given to a character that is dying in order to help him relax.

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I have learned through the years that what I read has a strong impact on the way I feel and how I look at life. I have learned to be wise about what I read. As a mother of four, I try to encourage my kids to choose good books. I try to help them to find favorite authors and explore new genres.