On April 6 I posted a review of the young adult book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The popularity of this novel and series of the same name has made Meyer a household word. Befitting such popularity a movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke has begun filming. For more about the movie go to Stephenie Meyer's site.
In May of 2008 her first adult book The Host will be available, and I was fortunate to get an advance copy. Already the praise from reviewers has guaranteed it will be a bestseller. No vampires appear instead an alien species invades our planet and eventually the bodies of the human population. In the end most of these host lose their personality but not all. Such is the case of the young human female Melanie. She fights to keep her own identity in spite of Wanderer the strong willed soul who now inhabits Mel's body.
Melanie's thoughts first come to Wanderer in dreams. These turn into a reality Wanderer can't ignore. Eventually the people Melanie love become Wanderer's loves as well. These two share one body as they seek a group of human resisters, those not infected with a host, where younger brother Jamie, and the handsome Jared are waiting. The characters are captivating and the story riveting. At 600+ pages that, for me, is saying a lot.