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The Host is a romance novel by Stephenie Meyer. The book is about Earth, in a post apocalyptic time, being invaded by a parasitic alien race, known as "Souls", . The Host book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a. . Twilight author's adult sci-fi is fine for teens. Read Common Sense Media's The Host review, age rating, and parents guide.

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The Host [Stephenie Meyer] on medical-site.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of the Twilight series of #1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first . The Host book cover. Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for. The Host is Stephenie Meyer's first non-Twilight Saga publication. Though I will confess to a morbid curiosity about the Twilight books, none of the opinions.

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Get it now on Searching for streaming and downloading options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value Lets readers ponder what life may look like on other planets as Wanda describes fictitious planets she's lived on.

It also shows what humans need to form a simple, functioning society: laws, agriculture, a water supply, etc. Positive Messages Explores the value of humanity, weighing love, and other strong relationships against violence, hatred, and profound loss.

It also explores acceptance for all life -- even the tiny parasites invading Earth -- and the dignity in choosing a nonviolent means of revolt. Though she seems to have changed sides in the war, she still advocates for nonviolence against her own kind. Violence A couple of human deaths in the caves cause lots of mourning.

One death is from a gunshot, the other is from cancer and is slow and painful until they finally find morphine and give the afflicted person an overdose to end his suffering. There's one near-death from an aggresive infection.

Doc, the cave doctor, tries and fails to remove some parasitic aliens from their human hosts from the back of the neck , causing death to unknown captives. Wanda ends up at the center of a few fistfights, an attack, and a near-drowning. Of course, the humans are hiding out in caves because small parasitic aliens have already taken over the rest of the planet; they did so sneakily and are nonviolent overall, except for the Seekers, who are constantly on the lookout for rogue humans to ensnare.

Sex A few passionate kisses. Newly inserted in her human host -- adding just a silver glimmer to her borrowed eyes -- Wanderer is ready to experience another planet. A small tentacled, worm-like creature, she's lived a long time, taking over the bodies of many beings in the universe.

The aliens always come en masse and quietly, only to live in the peaceful, orderly way once they have control. Wanderer thus begins her quiet new life on Earth, but finds she can't shake her human host Melanie's powerful thoughts and feelings.

Most beings give up their bodies quickly, but not Melanie. Melanie's memories of her still-human brother Jamie and boyfriend Jared become so strong for Wanderer that she becomes almost as obsessed as Melanie with finding them. She's near death from thirst in the desert when she finally discovers Jared and Jamie with a whole colony residing in secret caves. How can she convince Jared and Jamie that Melanie is still in there? This book has quite a set-up, and if the relationship drama is what you opened the book for, it'll be a somewhat satisfying ride.

The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

That's as long as you're a fast reader who can survive hundreds of pages set in dark caves relaying the everyday lives of rogue humans. Stephenie Meyer's specialty is love triangles. Twilight brought us human-vampire-werewolf melodrama.

So Jared can't kiss the love of his life without kissing the alien at the same time.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Fans who are picky about their sci-fi may want to look elsewhere. Meyer's alien-inhabited Earth could have used more depth, even if most of the story takes place with the humans in caves.

Some details just seem odd, like if the alien medicine is so easy to use, why does Wanderer need to go to a clinic to get it? Love triangles can be messy and nonsensical, but in order for a sci-fi world to draw readers in it should make so much sense it scares you. Families can talk about what drew you to this book. Was it the Twilight series? Do you like to read everything by favorite authors?

This book is marketed as an adult book. Do you think it feels more "adult" than the Twilight series? Why do you think authors who are very successful writing books for young adults try for a new audience? Do you think this book translates well to the big screen?

Are you interested in seeing the spring movie after reading The Host? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from site or iTunes when you use our links to make a download.

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Book Review: The Host

The Host. Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon , Common Sense Media. Twilight author's adult sci-fi is fine for teens. Stephenie Meyer Science Fiction Rate book.

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Based on 19 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and downloading options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.

Your download helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and downloading options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value.

Positive Messages. Some instances of "hell," "dammit" and "jackass.

What parents need to know Parents need to know that this sci-fi story by the author of the Twilight series may be marketed to adults, but the content is still mild enough for teen Twilight fans.

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Adult Written by PamMaddie January 29, The book was good, only 1 mention of birth control but really just a few kisses. I was a bit confused that the main lovers were nine years apart 20 and 29 , wh

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