- Published: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 619 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 640
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Call number: Science Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.--From publisher description.
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There were moments when the book felt like it was 'trying' to be more SF or 'trying' to be more romance, but in the end, I think the author just had a story to tell, and if you accept it for the cross-genre story that it is, it will hold your attention and be very hard to put down.
Only a few humans have managed to avoid being taken over by hosts and they have congregated into a small society living in caves and looking for ways to free their planet.
Our main character feels conflicted. She doesn't think there is any other way for her species to live and they really believe they are helping those they infect, even when those other species commit mass suicide rather than be enslaved. One could see this as a metaphor on modern empire-building.
The novel is a love story with a twist, but the early shades of violence in it give me pause, just as the controlling way Edward treats Bella in the "Twilight" books sets a bad example for young readers.
It served as an excellent exercise in what one can learn from examining both sides of a disagreement. A surprise thumbs-up.
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