cover image Huesped = The Host

Huesped = The Host

Stephenie Meyer. Suma, $19.99 (762pp) ISBN 978-1-60396-266-7

Meyer's YA vampire novels have been touted in the Wall Street Journal as successors to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The publication of Meyer's first adult novel is even more noteworthy. [B]lending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well, Meyer explores what happens to relationships when two beings inhabit the same physical body. Earth has been overrun by an alien species called Souls, which invade human bodies and erase personalities. As the novel opens, Melanie Stryder, one of the few human holdouts, has been captured by the aliens and is implanted with a Soul named Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, Wanderer finds herself driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [LJ 4/1/08]