The Host, written by Stephanie Meyer, was a fantastic science fiction book that did not read like science fiction. She also wrote the Twilight series, which includes Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
In this book, alien beings have taken over earth, similar to the way earth was taken over in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Surprisingly enough, the story is presented in such a way that both sides of view are present - the opinion of the alien beings as well as the view of the humans who have resisted this takeover thus far. To make this book even more interesting, Melanie Stryder, one of the few remaining of the human resistance, is taken over by the alien spirit Wanderer. Normally, the human's essence is sufficently wiped out by the new alien being, but Melanie's will to survive is so strong that the two reside in Melanie's body together. True, Wanderer has the ability to move the body, but Melanie can stop Wanderer from accessing her memories.
I believe that the way this story is presented, and the reality that is present in both of these character's thoughts makes this book a fantastic read. I especially enjoyed the way in which Wanderer accumulated herself to Melanie's vivid memories and her strong human emotions. This story actually becomes a sort of love shape. I say love shape because with two different personalities in the same body, it is impossible to group them as only one person. However, this book is not only about the love between a boy and a girl, but also about the love between friends, family, and neighbors. This real-life feel makes this book perfect for anyone, of any age. In actuality, this book is not about love, nor is it about an alien take-over. This book is about what exactly it is to be human, what exactly it is to be an individual, and how exactly you act on your own feelings, and not those of another person's.
However, for anyone planning to read this book, the book causes the reader to wonder how they would react to such a situation. How would you react if your life was taken over, and you were a mere bystander? Even worse, how would you feel when you finally saw your loved ones, that you had tried so hard to protect, only to learn that they wanted you dead? - Kayla, class of 2009