Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST
is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
Years ago I tried reading this book but could never get past chapter 5. Even though I had several friends who loved the book and encouraged me to keep reading. I just wasn’t able to get any further in the book. Until now.
What is different this time?
1) Movie. Earlier this month the movie of The Host was on TV so I watched it.
2) Audiobook. I decided this time to listen to it instead of reading it.
3) Buddy read. My friend, Christy, offered to listen to it with me. She read it years ago and enjoyed it.
Even though I listened to it this time I still found the beginning to be boring. I almost gave up on it again but once she meets up with the other people the book started to pick up. I think that’s around the 20% mark.
One thing about Ms.Meyers is she likes her female characters to do a lot of talking in their head: Bella in Twilight and Wanda in this book. At least this time Wanda was talking to someone else in her head.
Audiobook source: Library/Overdrive
Narrator: Kate Reading