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The Host (Movie) by Stephenie Meyer

Updated on July 10, 2014
The majority of the story takes place in a cave in the Arizonan desert.
The majority of the story takes place in a cave in the Arizonan desert. | Source

Everybody has heard of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, but her science fiction adult novel The Host isn't as widely known.

The bestselling novel about aliens who take over human bodies is being made into a major feature film adaptation. The movie will be in theaters March 29, 2013.

There aren't any vampires in it, but it does have aliens. It also has a good balance of love scenes and suspenseful action that should interest a lot of people. This is a story that will appeal to more males than Twilight did. It's not just a romance story, it's about an alien invasion and body snatchers.

The Host Teaser Trailer

Main Cast

  • Saoirse Ronan (Melanie Stryder/Wanda)
  • Diane Kruger (The Seeker)
  • Jake Abel (Ian O'Shea)
  • Max Irons (Jared Howe)
  • Chandler Canterbury (Jamie Stryder)
  • William Hurt (Jeb Stryder)
  • Frances Fisher (Maggie Stryder)
  • Boyd Holbrook (Kyle O'Shea)
  • Scott Lawrence (Doc)

Movie News and Updates

  • The Host movie has been in the works since 2009, about a year after the book was released.
  • The movie has finished filming and is currently in post-production.
  • The movie was directed by Andrew Niccol who wrote and directed Gattaca and did the screenplays for The Terminal and The Truman Show. He also wrote the screenplay of The Host film based on Stephenie Meyer's novel.
  • Stephenie Meyer is one of the producers of the movie.
  • Saoirse Ronan is playing Wanda, an alien who is in the body of Melanie Stryder. Ronan is differentiating the characters by giving Wanda (the alien) a generic American accent and Melanie a Louisiana twang.
  • Stephenie Meyer says she sees The Host becoming a trilogy, so there might be more books and movies to come in the future. The book sequel would also be from Wanda's point of view. The other possible books are tentatively titled The Soul and The Seeker.

Movie Poll

Will you go see The Host movie?

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You can tell if a human has an alien "parasite" by looking at their eyes. A blue ring appears around the pupil of the eyes of the aliens and is reflective at night.

The humans hide in caves in the desert like these to avoid being captured by the aliens.
The humans hide in caves in the desert like these to avoid being captured by the aliens. | Source

Other Worlds Controlled by the Souls

  • The Origin - The Souls' home planet.
  • Spider World - The Spiders were the first creatures the Souls attached themselves to. Vultures were attacking the Souls, so the Souls implanted themselves into the Spiders as a defense. The Spiders welcomed them.
  • Vulture World - The Vultures attacked the Souls.
  • See Weeds World - The closest planet to earth and completely covered with ocean. The creatures on the world are sentient See Weeds who live their lives rooted to the ocean floor.
  • Summer World - The third planet acquired by the Souls. Summer World is a very beautiful planet.
  • Mists Planet - The world is an ice world inhabited by creatures similar to bears. They have very agile hands and use them to create art and sculptures from the ice.
  • Singing World - Is one of the closest of the worlds. The creatures on the planet are blind and bat-like. They spend their days singing and harmonizing with each other.
  • Flower World - Is the most beautiful of the Souls' planets. It is inhabited by sentient flowers who have very limited emotions.
  • Fire World - The planet has created a dilemma for the Souls because of the creatures. The Souls have assimilated a species known as Fire-Tasters who eat Walking Flowers. But the Souls discovered that Walking Flowers are also sentient. The Souls have a deep concern for all forms of life so they are looking for another source of food for the Fire-Tasters.
  • Dragon World - The world has a thick atmosphere made of acidic gases. Dragons are the creatures living on the planet. They are jelly-like and can fly. The dragons breathe the acidic gases.
  • Dolphin World - Is an ocean planet and one of the latest planets acquired. It has creatures "dolphins" who live underwater. They are more like dragonflies with hands that they use to build cities.

Story Summary

**Spoiler Alerts**

The earth has quietly been invaded by aliens. Most humans have become hosts for the aliens who are centipede-like creatures who refer to themselves as "Souls."

They are small, silvery creatures with thousands of tiny arms that attach themselves to the humans' brains at the top of the spinal column.

Despite taking over the human bodies, the aliens are peaceful creatures who don't squabble amongst themselves. The earth has become a calm and harmonious place for once since the Souls' arrival.

Melanie Stryder is one of the few rebel humans remaining. She gets captured and a Soul is put into her. The Soul is known as Wanderer ("Wanda") because she has lived on eight other planets controlled by the Souls. (See the chart to the right for more details about the other planets).

Typically the human consciousnesses of the host bodies fade away and the Soul is left in complete control of the body and mind. But Melanie is mentally strong and is fighting Wanda from the inside.

Wanda is supposed to be digging in Melanie's memories for information about other "wild" humans. Instead, she is becoming more and more attached to the things and people that Melanie loves.

Eventually Wanda gives in and lets Melanie lead her to where Melanie's brother, Jamie, and boyfriend, Jared, might be hiding.

The hiding spot is a series of caves in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Melanie's uncle Jeb finds Wanda and decides to bring her back to the caves where they will decide whether or not to kill her.

They imprison her in one of the caverns hoping to find a way to remove the Soul from Melanie's body. Meanwhile the other humans in the hideout find out she is there. Two brothers, Ian and Kyle, decide to kill her anyway.

Uncle Jeb intervenes. After the scuffle Jeb and Ian discover that Wanda isn't like the other Souls and that Melanie hasn't completely disappeared.

Wanda is allowed more freedom and reconnects with her brother and with Jared and develops a budding relationship with Ian.

A tug of war develops inside Melanie's head as Wanda starts a new life while Melanie clings to the life she used to have...

Sonoran Desert - Jeb's Cave Area

The Host Poll

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      Mallory - It is a great book. Hopefully Stephenie Meyer will write more soon.

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      Mallory 5 years ago

      I have just read the book and its

      Was the best book ever every part made me want to read more I have had



      For a book like this

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      Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

      KDuBarry03 - I agree with you 100%. The characters are well developed and the story is very intriguing. It says a lot when a book can make you sympathize with the aliens. I can't wait either. Thanks so much!

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      KDuBarry03 6 years ago

      The Host is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. The story is great, the characters develop well, and over all I thought it was a very interesting spin on the alien premise. I cannot wait for the movie to come out! Thank you for sharing.

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      Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

      Horatio Plot - I definitely recommend The Host. It is an interesting story.

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      Horatio Plot 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Nice. Love Sci fi but never read Meyer. Maybe I will now.

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      Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

      @ Marcy Goodfleisch - Most people only know her for the Twilight series. The Host is a good story. It has enough sci fi to make it interesting, but the focus is on the characters. Thanks!

      @ summerberrie - I definitely recommend reading the book first. It will make the story much easier to understand. They can only include a limited amount of details in a movie. It is a quick read, though. Thank you!

      @ Mayra - I loved the book, too. In some ways it is better than Twilight. I'm anxious for the movie to be released.

      @ Michael J Rapp - The Host doesn't have all the teenage angst of the Twilight series. I will warn you that it does have some kissing, though. I think you would probably like it.

      @ Robie Benve - I know what you mean about not being able to put it down. It is a compelling story. I think they will be able to do a lot with the movie visually. I hope they include scenes from the other alien planets. I'm looking forward to it, also.

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      Robie Benve 6 years ago from Ohio

      I read the book recently and it's one of those that I could not put down. Kept me up until 1am reading several nights. Despite some parts that I did not find of great quality, I'm very pleased with the book and looking forward to seeing the movie. :)

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      Michael J Rapp 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds interesting. I'll take aliens over teenage vampires any day. I'd have to read the book before seeing the movie though, of course.

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      Mayra 6 years ago

      I LOVED The Host can't wait for the film :)

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      summerberrie 6 years ago

      This sounds like a great movie to go see! I will need to pick up the novel first and give it a read. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I hadn't heard of this novel at all (as you mentioned might be the case) - the plot is interesting; a bit like some other sci-fi plots but probably with Meyers' touch on it.

      Thanks for letting us know about this one!


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