The Host by Stephenie Meyer A friend of mine recommended this book to me, so I went out and bought it because I wanted to just snuggle down and read this holiday weekend. Oh, I shouldn't have. I'm completely immersed in this book! The world has been taken over by an alien species who call themselves Souls. These creatures are inserted into human hosts through an opening in the back of the neck. Once there, they control the body of the host while the host's consciousness fades away into nothing. But the main character is fighting! Her name is Melanie, and she refuses to give up her body to her implant (named Wanderer). Instead, Melanie fills her invading alien with all sorts of images...some of them experienced for the first time by Wanderer (if I remember right, Wanderer has had the experience of living dozens of lives on as many at 9 worlds now). The Souls invade, and live out the lives inside of their hosts. Once the body dies, the Souls then move onto another body or another world. Melanie gives her alien a taste of what it means to be human. She's a strong fighter, and it wasn't until after the invasion that she met the man that she loves, Jared. Melanie is also looking out for her little brother when she is finally caught. The memories of love for Jared and her little brother deeply moves Wanderer, to the point where Wanderer begins to consider skipping on to another host (which she has never done) or abandoning this world to move on to another. The coflict is great! It's all internal, with Wanderer and Melanie eventually communicating with each other. Wanderer experiences anger and love for the first time. And for the first time, she can see that invading a world and taking over the hosts could be a wrong thing. This is a girl's book, I'll admit. It's fluffy and soft with oozy, mushy feelings. But I'm a guy and I still enjoyed reading it. It's refreshing to have a brand new voice out there who isn't a carbon copy of early Stephen King or Dean Koontz...but a voice all of her own. I think I have a new favorite author. Anyways, wanted to let you guys know that this book is okie dokes.