The story takes place on Earth after the human race has been largely taken over by a race of alien invaders who are souls living as parasites inside other beings’ bodies. The souls’ main desire is to enjoy life as it happens on the invaded planet, and they completely take over the human life they have invaded. The main character, the Wanderer, is the soul who has taken over the body of a woman named Melanie. She has lived on nine different planets herself, and she has been called as a professor who teaches others about the Souls’ history. She is, therefore, well-aware of the difficulty of living in the human body on Earth: the overwhelming emotions, the excessive violence, sensory overload. The Wanderer’s biggest difficulty is adjusting to the presence of Melanie’s still-vivid mind in the body with her. Melanie shows Wanderer vivid memories of her brother Jamie and Jared, a man she loved, and other members of the family who may still be left as humans, and with that, the Wanderer is drawn in to the search to find them.
The story is largely a love story – some reviews call it a love triangle with only 2 bodies, or even a love quadrangle. Nevertheless, it is romantic and powerful, and the story asks the reader to question what it is that attracts two beings to each other.
I found her description of two of the characters most interesting for they give a glimpse into what it means to love and live as a human. Ian and his twin brother Kyle have opposing personalities in the story. Kyle has lost his love when her body is snatched by the souls, and his anger is violent as he looks to deal out punishment. His twin brother, Ian, is the gentler of the two, and it is his character that I fell in love with myself. The two brothers’ stories tell of the triumph of love over all else, and this is clearly Meyer’s message and her justification for all the sour parts of life as a human.
The Wanderer tells vivid stories about other parallel planets where the alien invaders have settled: the Spiders, the Flowers, the Dolphins, the Bats, the See Weeds: all nicknames derived on Earth for the beings they resemble. I do wish Meyer had told even more story about the invasion, the Origin of the species, and life on the other planets. A review on Amazon says “Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series.” I wholeheartedly agree and hope Stephanie Meyer will write more.
|The Host: A Novel|
By: Stephenie Meyer
Amazon Price: $25.99