Very Cool Host Cover
As much as I like YA fiction, I didn’t jump aboard the Twilight train. I read the first book and didn’t hate it, but found it too angsty for my taste so didn’t continue the series. I was a little dubious about wading into author Stephenie Meyer’s tome-like stand alone, The Host, but with a strong recommendation from both a YA and an actual A, I took the plunge. I’m not sorry I did.
The Host (now a major motion picture!) takes place on a future Earth where human beings are no longer the dominant species. They’ve been replaced by “souls” – a parasitic species that uses human bodies as hosts while eliminating or deeply repressing the human personality that once resided in them. Souls are peaceful, curious and technologically advanced. They have taken over many planets, those where it was deemed that the dominant species wasn’t worthy of the bounty offered by their worlds.
Our focus isn’t on the invasion. The Host takes place well after that fact. The takeover is all but complete, with souls happily occupying their human hosts. There are a select few souls that chose as their occupation to be “Seekers”. Seekers are those souls who actively search for any human bodies left in human control. They tend to be a little more aggressive than the average soul and we jump into this world as a soul called The Wanderer is placed into the body of one of the few holdout humans. The Seeker assigned wants the information that this human possesses (souls have access to all the memories of the previous occupants of their bodies). Unfortunately for The Wanderer, she has been put into a fighter. Melanie will not be folding to the will of this new soul, nor will she be supplying her with information.
Needless to say, this causes complications. The Host is the story of what happens when a soul and a human duke it out