The Host is a science fiction/romance novel by Stephenie Meyer. The Host isn窶t really about saving the planet from alien invaders; it is a story about what it is to be human, about identity and about individualism The novel introduces an alien race, called Souls, which takes over the Earth and its inhabitants. The book describes one Soul's predicament when the mind of its human host refuses to cooperate with her takeover. Melanie Mel Stryder is one of the only rebel humans left after the invasion of the 'souls', parasitic aliens which take over human bodies, erasing the original occupants. Wanderer is a soul who has lived on eight other planets previously, Mel being her ninth body host. She was inserted under emergency conditions, with the intent of using her to access any information Melanie might have about other free humans. This investigation is headed by an individual identified only by title, as The Seeker, who pressures Wanderer to produce information, and views her with implied contempt for her failure to do so. Themes Meyer explores are the mother/child bond, the need to change our lives for the ones we love or because our community expects something different of us than what we want, and not fitting in. The story has a fairly universal appeal and I can see Stephenie Meyer窶s existing fan base finding enough similarities to the Twilight series in the writing style and the content of The Host to be more than satisfied. Though I'am not a Meyer fan I still enjoyes this book. I recommend this book to fans of Paranormal/fantasy romance in addition to sci-fi romance.