Monday, June 3, 2013

Book #39: The Host

Title: The Host

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Date started reading: June 3, 2013
Date finished reading:  June 11, 2013

Publish date: January 2013
ISBN: 978-0316218511
Number of pages: 864

Official summary: "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. When Melanie, one of the few remaining 'wild' humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading 'soul' who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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. Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love." (

Official movie trailer:

How I obtained the book: Got through (It's like eBay but uses credits as currency instead of money)

My commentary:
  • I'm surprisingly not going to read this book just because I liked the movie. But I did really love the movie. 

Memorable quotes:
  • “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 thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”  
  • “I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become.” 
  • “Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”  
  • “No point in ignoring the truth. Doesn't make it worse to have it said out loud.” 
  • “Sometimes the best hiding place is the one that's in plain sight.”  
  • “Storytelling was the most honored of all talents, for it benefited everyone.” 
  • “Humans were always surprising me.”  

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