I love this book.
I enjoyed Twilight. They were okay. But this book? I found it to be far superior to the Twilight series.
The Earth is invaded by a species that uses our bodies to ‘host’ their souls for lack of a better word. Their souls can’t survive outside our bodies. Slowly they take over human bodies. Most people can’t survive in the same body as the souls, so they fade away. Melanie avoids being taken for a long time. She and her brother are on the run for a while surviving by themselves until they run into Jared. When she is captured, Wanderer is placed in Melanie’s body.
Together Wanderer and Melanie go looking for Jared and her brother.
I love the conflict that goes on, there are two minds living in one head. Every thought, every kiss, every movement is in conflict between Melanie and Wanda. Melanie loves Jared, and Wanda has feelings for Jared. But, Wanda begins to have feelings for Ian who is so sweet and kind to her.
If you haven’t read it yet, you might want to stop here… there is a little spoiler below, but it is one of the best quotes in the book, I swear it makes me cry EVERY TIME.
“Eight full lives,” I whispered against his jaw, my voice breaking. “Eight full lives and I never found anyone I would stay on a planet for, anyone I would follow when they left. I never found a partner. Why now? Why you? You’re not of my species. How can you be my partner?”
“It’s a strange universe,” he murmured.
“It’s not fair,” I complained, echoing Sunny’s words. It wasn’t fair. How could I find this, find love–now, in this eleventh hour–and have to leave it? Was it fair that my soul and body couldn’t reconcile? Was it fair that I had to love Melanie, too? Was it fair that Ian would suffer? He deserved happiness if anyone did. It wasn’t fair or right or even…sane. How could I do this to him?
“I love you,” I whispered.
“Don’t say that like you’re saying goodbye.”
But I had to. “I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become.” I worded it carefully, so that there would be no lie in my voice.
“If I were a Dolphin or a Bear or a Flower, it wouldn’t matter. I would always love you, always remember you. You will be my only partner.”
― Stephenie Meyer, The Host