The Host

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Title: The Host

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 624

Genre: Best Seller/Science Fiction

Geographic Setting: San Diego, the desert of Arizona
Time Period: Present but undetermined

Series: That’s up to Stephanie Meyers!

Plot Summary: Earth has been taken over by aliens. These parasites attach themselves to human brains and take over control of human bodies and continue to live relatively normal human lives. Issues like hunger, poverty, violence and war have been ended. Melanie Stryder is one of the last remaining humans until she is caught and a soul named Wanderer is implanted in her body. However, Melanie will not give up full control of her mind, haunting Wanderer with images of boyfriend, Jared, and brother, Jamie. Wanderer begins to long for Melanie’s life as much as Melanie, and the two set out on a journey to find her lost friends in a world that looks the same but is not.
Subject Headings: Spirit possession-Fiction, Science fiction, Love stories

Appeal: Engrossing, Suspenseful, Captivating, Well Developed, Dramatic, Flashbacks, Contemplative, Nightmare, Romantic, Conversational, Character-Centered, Intriguing

Three Terms that describe this book: Intriguing, romantic, nightmare

Similar Authors and Works (fiction): The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Brother Termite by Patricia Anthony, The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Similar Authors and Works (Non-fiction): Crossing Arizona: A Solo Hike Through the Sky Islands and Deserts of the Arizona Trail by Chris Townsend, The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse by W. H. Mumphrey, Unsolved UFO Mysteries: The World’s Most Compelling Cases of Alien Encounter by William J. Birnes and Harold Burt

Name: Alicia Hammond

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