The implantation is in its final stages. Soon, earth will be completely free of humans and the planet will be a peaceful place for the “souls” to enjoy - as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Very few humans remain on Earth. When rebels are discovered, they are captured by Seekers - the closest thing to a police force the "souls" have. Once captured, they are prepared for implantation where a small cut is placed at the base of the skull and the "soul,” a centipede looking creature, is put in the body. The "soul" connects to the body and takes control. The first experience the "soul" has is the receiving of the host body’s memories. Typically, the host recedes and leaves the "soul" alone to continue life as usual. For Wanderer, this didn’t happen.
Stephenie Meyer has weaved a creative story that will appease her large fan base. With its engaging characters and interesting science fiction elements, readers will be able to ignore the few chapters that contain too much description. Her use of vivid language paints a clear picture of the setting that allows the reader to put themselves into the story.
The Host is a complex story. Not only is there a very complicated love triangle, but there is also the issue of violence in our society and how it could lead to our downfall. Stephenie Meyer makes the world the aliens created more desirable than the one we currently inhabit. The story ends on a note of hope. It is an emotional ride from beginning to end - all 631 pages. Any science fiction fan will enjoy this story, but Stephenie Meyer may have done for science fiction what she did for fantasy when she wrote Twilight. The Host is set in enough of a realistic setting that even people who aren’t sci-fi fans will enjoy this story. You’ll want to put this one in your to-be-read-again pile.