--- About the Book
In this story, ostensibly peaceful aliens have taken our world, and claimed it for themselves. Strangely, though, their goal is not conquest, but exploration, and they keep almost everything about human life intact, like they do for the foremost organisms of every world they come to.
Inhabiting people like the classic "brain slugs" of science fiction yore, they smother the minds out of those they inhabit, and live vicariously through the bodies of their hosts. To them, it's a way to experience more of the galaxy, and to deepen their understanding of the universe, but to us, it's a fatal game of pretend.
However, not all humans are taken so easily - especially those who knew about the inhabitation. What happens, then, with two minds in one body?
The Host certainly has a romantic slant to it, and while I didn't particularly enjoy that about it, it did not get in the way. Rather, it serves an important aspect of the human experience, a thing which this book explores in many subtle - and not-so-subtle - folds.
It follows the journey of the hearts and minds of two beings who are forced to confront and reconsider their values at every turn. Surprisingly relatable, their conflicts and agreements are entirely immersive, and raise both questions and arguments for moral dilemmas in innovative and remarkable ways.
--- Thoughts on the Author
Stephanie Meyer is a capable author, that much is certain. As to whether or not you like the stories she tells, you'd have to gauge for yourself.