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In "The Host," already on the New York Times bestseller list, a species of well-intentioned and mild-mannered alien parasites called "souls" have conquered Earth by slipping unobtrusively into humans' brains, taking over their bodies and supplanting their personalities. But when a soul named Wanderer, veteran of many host bodies on other planets, is inserted into the body
Instead, Melanie so longs to return to her boyfriend and brother that her emotions seep into Wanderer's, and, though only a voice trapped in her own mind, Melanie persuades Wanderer to rebel against her own society and seek Melanie's hidden humans.
What they find surpasses anything either of them expected, and Wanderer is forced to confront her assumptions about humanity.
"The Host" is being touted as perhaps the first love triangle involving only two bodies, but parents whose teens loved Meyers' earlier works needn't fear their reading this one; the romance is kept pretty PG. The book is definitely complex and deep enough to hold adults' attention, mixing questions of love and humanity with an imaginative element of sci-fi.
Chelyen Davis is a reporter
|THE HOST By Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown, $25.99)|