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Last month, one of the novels that made our list of suggested summer reading for books that are being made into movies was Stephenie Meyer's The Host. Unlike Meyer's Twilight series, which is a more romance-focused vampire drama, The Host is a sci-fi story about a human and an alien who share the same body. There are some romantic elements, but I think it's the relationship between human Melanie and Wanderer, the alien who's inhabited Melanie's body, that's the more interesting relationship explored within the story.
The Host takes place after a race of aliens have invaded earth and inhabited the human population, leaving a small percentage of resisting humans to hide out in an effort to avoid being taken over by "souls." In anticipation of the feature adaptation, which stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie/Wanderer, Stephenie Meyer has added an introduction to the story, which lays out the set-up, explaining a little bit about what the aliens are, how they came to take over earth, how they dealt with the eventual human resistance and where the story picks up in The Host. It's been a while since I've read the book, so I can't say with all certainty that any of the information included in the introduction is new (meaning, not mentioned at some point throughout the story), however it's a quick read and a decent breakdown of the set-up for those on the fence about reading the book and/or eventually seeing the movie.
The introduction is followed by an excerpt from the book, for those not averse to sampling a story by jumping into the middle. And for the super-fans who want to save this intro, the widget below includes the option to download it.
THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer, the author of THE TWILIGHT SAGA. Read the excerpt. In theaters 3/29!
The Host arrives in theaters March 29, 2013. More information on the film can be found in our Blend Film Database.