Fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight series, be warned: this is not a love story.
The Host is actually a sci-fi tale of human survival in the wake of an alien invasion. These aliens, called “Souls,” inhabit the minds of humans and possess their bodies, and the human race is almost to the point of extinction.
Some humans have survived and formed a rebel community, which includes Melanie Stryder, her family, and her boyfriend Jared. But when Melanie is captured and is possessed by a Soul named Wanderer, or Wanda for short, she does not cooperate and maintains consciousness. She floods their shared mind with memories of her loved ones and emotions until Wanda starts to form a connection to them as well.
Wanda meets up with Melanie’s community of rebels, and things become complicated as the humans do not know how to deal with Wanda, Jared wants nothing to do with the alien in his girlfriend’s body, and another boy, Ian, becomes protective of Wanda and forms a connection with her. And when Wanda’s boss The Seeker attempts to find the rebel community and infect the remaining humans with more Souls, Wanda’s allegiances are called into question.
Watch the trailer below and weigh in: is The Host charting new territory for Meyers adaptations or is it stuck emulating Twilight?
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