A couple of weeks ago, I opened my front door and discovered a package on my stoop. I opened it to discover an advance copy of The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to read this book. So excited, that I took it to school with me and read it while my students were testing. And I continued to read it late into the night until I finished. This book is that compelling.
Basically, The Host is about a kind and gentle alien species who have to inhabit the bodies of others in order to survive. In this case, they have to inhabit the bodies of humans, or "hosts" as the call them. Unfortunately (or fortunately) some humans aren't so willing to relinquish all control of their bodies.
I have to say, I am not a fan of science fiction. With the exception of Scott Westerfeld, I pretty much never read it. But, just as Twilight isn't your normal vampire fiction, The Host isn't your average science fiction. I loved the plot. And I loved the romance that was so smoothly woven into the story line. I think all of Meyer's Twilight fans will love this book, but I also think it will garner her a whole new fan base as well.