Stephenie Meyer's first adult novel broke new ground when first published in 2008. Now this gripping fiction about a woman who refuses to relinquish control of her own body arrives in mass market paperback. One critic called it "Survivor crossed with Days of Our Lives"; another, "A vigorous blend of romance and science fiction."
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a "soul" called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: 8/1/2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edition description: With bonus chapter