Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, 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.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a world where aliens have started to take over human bodies, a few "wild" humans roam the earth. When Melanie gets caught and becomes a host to Wanderer, life seem pretty bleak as Wanderer tries to stay in control. But then something changes, and as Melanie and Wanderer try to find those they both love, the dangers and the lessons that happen will change them both.
So think "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" only modern, and way cooler. Wanderer isn't part of the invasion, but rather a new colonist waiting to live out her life until she is ready to move on to the next body. Melanie is trying to protect her brother and the man she loves from being changed by the aliens. This story might start out slow, but you can be sure that the energy and action that happens will keep you on the edge of your seat. I will admit that there are parts of this book that made me snot cry (That specific cry where the tears/snot blend and you don't know where one begins and the other one ends). But it was so worth it. PLUS, the ending leaves you with a surprising twist that is a wonderful lead up to more in this series (come on 2012!)
This is a beautiful story. Wanderer is one of the most selfless characters you will read about. Once she gets over the fact that her human is still in there with her, and they start working together, the way she would sacrifice to make Melanie happy is beyond my comprehension.
Jarrod and Ian make the ultimate love square with Melanie and Wanderer... If you don't understand this concept, then you definitely need to read this book. Personally, I'm more of a fan of Ian than Jarrod... I personally would pick Ian!
The descriptions of the desert, the back story of being Wanderer, it is all beautiful. I love the description of Wanderer in her true form, and how Ian talks about how beautiful she is.
This book did have me a bit on edge, especially when going out after dark. Anything that flashed kind of silver had me jumping, but it was still worth it to read this book!
I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to seeing more with Wanderer and Melanie.