The Host

By Stephenie Meyer
619 pages. Little, Brown & Company. $25.99.

Stephenie Meyer made her name as the author of the “Twilight” series, vampire-romance novels for the young adult market that have sold more than three million books in the United States, according to their publisher. “The Host” is her first book for adults. In it Earth has been occupied by an alien race, known as souls, who take over the bodies of humans.

Melanie Snyder, one of the few people still resisting the invaders, is captured, and a soul named Wanderer is given her body. “I’d bound myself securely into the body’s center of thought, twined myself inescapably into its every breath and reflex,” Wanderer says at the book’s beginning, “It was me.” But Melanie — and her love for her fellow holdout, Jared — refuses to fade away. Ms. Meyer was recently selected one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2008.

Source : The New York Times


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