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'''''The Host''''' is a 2008 ScienceFiction novel by ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' creator StephenieMeyer, and was both her first sci-fi work and her first adult novel.

It takes place AfterTheEnd, where a successful infiltration-style AlienInvasion means the [[PuppeteerParasite Puppeteer Parasites]] have [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans made the world a more pleasant and peaceful place where they can just sit back and enjoy life]]... aside, of course, from that pesky handful of "wild" humans, who caught on sooner and have still managed to avoid capture. Enter "Wanderer", a "Soul" (alien brain parasite) who's been unusually restless, going from one world to the next... and enter Melanie Stryder, one of the few remaining wild humans, who's just been captured sneaking around Chicago and is now Wanderer's host. However, it turns out that ''knowing'' your body's going to be taken over by a Soul allows [[HeroicWillpower one to fight back]], and Melanie fiercely resists giving up intel or her mind in an effort to protect both the man she loves and her younger brother from sharing the same fate.

This means trouble for Wanderer of course, since not only are human senses and emotions more intense than any other body she's ever experienced, so too are human memories more ridiculously vivid - and Wanderer finds herself inevitably growing to love Melanie's man Jared and brother Jamie, even though she's never met either. Eventually she even grows to consider Melanie herself a friend, despite originally wanting her to disappear. This combination leads her to risk absolutely everything to find Jared and Jamie... which gets more than a little awkward when she actually ''does'' succeed in finding them, only to be kept as a prisoner since, duh, she's one of ''Them'' now. Just to let you know exactly where all this is kind of headed towards, the novel's premise is often somewhat accurately summed up as being "a love triangle with two bodies"; "somewhat", because by the end of the book it's actually more like a [[LoveDodecahedron love quadrangle]] with ''three'' bodies.

It turns out to be an odd entry into the SF genre, though, because the aliens are actually [[ApeShallNeverKillApe "altruistic" and "kind"]] by nature, but unfortunately suffer from a ''seriously'' inverted case of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman. They're clever when it comes to technology and have "peacefully" conquered countless worlds and many of them have lived for literally thousands of years in different hosts... but it's yet to occur to them that, you know, maybe their hosts might deserve to have free will too. Which makes things more than a little uncomfortable once Wanderer realizes that she actually considers humans to be likable in their own right, and becomes torn between being loyal to her own species and betraying them for the sake of largely unrequited inter-species love.

The [[TheFilmOfTheBook film version]] of ''The Host'' was released on March 29, 2013 and was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (''Film/{{Gattaca}}'', ''Film/InTime''). It received an aggregate rating of 9% on RottenTomatoes and an average of 36 on Metacritic.
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!!This book provides examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: Ian and Kyle have [[RavenHairIvorySkin black hair]] in the book. In the film, they're both blonde.
** Wanda's [[spoiler: replacement body]] is brunette instead of blonde.
** [[spoiler: Burns]] was a redhead in the book, but has brown hair in the movie.
* AerithAndBob: The Souls, some of whom retain names they had in previous lives on other worlds (Fords Deep Waters, Sunlight Passing Through the Ice), and some of whom decide to take the names of their human hosts.
* AggressiveCategorism: [[spoiler:Sharon and her mom]] keep clinging to the hatred and suspicion most people felt against Wanderer even long after the suspicions have been proven wrong and the hatred abandoned by almost everyone else. Towards the end, their failed attempt to keep Wanderer alienated from the community only make them alienate themselves from this same community. However, it should be noted that we only get to see their pettiness from Wanderer's [[UnreliableNarrator far-from-impartial perspective]].
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: But only the ones who've got human hosts, and only because their host would have known it first (assuming that the host ''did'' speak English, of course. The story's set in America, though, so for our purposes it's a moot point).
* AndIMustScream: Happens in a few cases, although generally it seems that the human's mind is destroyed upon them being possessed.
* TheAlcoholic: Doc has shades of this.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: The Souls ''completely'' neglect to realize that there might be something about humanity (or, hell, ''any'' species that isn't their own) worth saving, at least at first. The [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human version of the trope]] also makes a bit of an appearance, but given that the Souls not only stole our planet, but also our entire way of life, virtually all of our infrastructure, ''and the bodies of many loved ones'', and are still somewhat set on capturing the rest of us and making us hosts as well... you can kind of see the logic in not particularly ''liking'' them much, no matter how "altruistic" and "nice" they may otherwise be.
* AuthorAvatar: Melanie Stryder. She just spoonerized the name.
** Stephenie Meyer [[WordOfGod stated that Melanie was named after her cousin and a high school classmate named Stryder]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling Brothers]] [[NiceGuy Ian]] and [[BigBrotherBully Kyle]] spend most of the story against one another, especially where it relates to Wanda, and it gets to the point where Ian is briefly the main person trying to kick Kyle out of the caves. Just when you think they are going to fall into CainAndAbel territory, they get moments that reveal their bond and love for each other.
* BadLiar: Wanderer, mostly because Souls (with the exception of Seekers and members of the first wave) never needed to lie.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: The "souls" see themselves this way, at least.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Melanie and a few other people attempt suicide to prevent being captured and taken over.
** [[spoiler:In the film, Melanie's father shot himself in the head for this reason when the Seekers showed up at their house. Later, two of the human resistance's [[RedShirt red shirts]] drive their truck into a wall after the Souls have them cornered.]]
*** This is actually brought up by Wanderer as something that her race finds profoundly ''frightening'', since they see themselves as [[BenevolentAlienInvasion helpful and altruistic]].
* BettyAndVeronica: Subverted. Ian and Jared fit the bill all right, the subversion being that the Archie is actually two people in the same body with Ian only interested in Wanda and Jared interested in Melanie. Honestly, it could be viewed as a metaphor for a guy loving you for your mind/personality vs. a guy loving you for your body.
* BigBrotherMentor: Jared to Jamie.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Leaving aside the fact that they have no eyes (or mouths?), [[AlienBlood have blood and other tissue that's silvery in color]], and are effectively a very squishy, gracefully flowing centipede with brain-controlling tentacles, there's also their reproductive method, which involves [[spoiler: the queens essentially committing suicide by splitting apart into thousands upon thousands of tiny little babies]] is... well, yeah.
** Perhaps this is an indirect tribute to Creator/OrsonScottCard, another Mormon author best known for his sci-fi writings who [[spoiler:created an alien species who also reproduces in a way that is fatal to the mother. Only grosser. Really.]]
** Or perhaps these aliens are [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} Yeerks.]] Silvery-gray in color? Check. Control other species' minds by wrapping their bodies around them? Check. Reproduce via suicide? Check. Never realized that their hosts might be anything more than meat until forced to confront the fact? Check. Definitely not copies, though, because Yeerks are slugs, Souls are insects. Also, the Yeerks are far less benevolent than the Souls.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Subverted. The one black man present in the human colony does ''not'' die first. [[spoiler: He does, however, die the only ''violent'' death onscreen, when the Seeker shoots him]].
* BlondesAreEvil: Inverted. Wanda's [[spoiler:replacement body]] is extremely blond and so girly and precious she TastesLikeDiabetes.
** Played straight in [[FilmOfTheBook the movie]], where the Seeker's black hair [[AdaptationDyeJob is now blonde]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: It's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans and HumansAreTheRealMonsters vs. AliensAreBastards and HumansAreSpecial. Both sides are shown to have their good and bad points, and the aliens and the humans genuinely don't know the other side's motivations and think they are in the right.
* [[spoiler:BodySurf: Wanda ends up doing this when her friends swap her into another vacated body.]]
* BrokenAesop: Free will is more important than a utopia, and living parasitically in a host body is immoral. [[spoiler: Which is why we'll move Wanderer against her express wishes into a different host body, ruining another alien's happy life in the process.]]
* CainAndAbel: Kyle and Ian ''just'' skirt being this. Jeb and Maggie also come close, in a rare brother-sister variation of the trope.
* {{Chickification}}: [[spoiler: Wanderer is a strong, intelligent Soul who has been on more worlds than most and is held in high regard among the Souls. She once defeated a Claw Beast on the planet of the Bears, transplanted a friend into it on the spot, and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome rode it into the city.]] At the end of the book, she's implanted in the body of a petite young blonde girl and can't even carry her own sleeping mat without the help of her man.]]
** Melanie gets it as well. She starts out as a strong survivor who [[spoiler:opted to jump down an elevator shaft to save herself from being assimilated. Any time her boyfriend appears onscreen though, or comes to her mind, she makes some pretty stupid decisions, including letting Wanderer know where her colony of "wild" humans are hiding (keep in mind that Wanderer's job is to ''find and assimilate them as well'').]]
*** Her decision is justified. Melanie sends Wanderer her memories and emotions and shows the "wild" human colony's location ''only'' when she is sure that Wanderer cares deeply about her boyfriend and brother. Wanderer wouldn't be able to betray them, which Melanie knew, having constant connection with her mind.
*** That said, Melanie is still heavily dependent on Jared, to the extent that she only bothers trying to "talk" when he is around. He even has to pull off a heavily subverted DistressedDamsel rescue when she's not responding in Wanderer's head.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Meyer has a tendency to do this pretty much every single time she writes fiction, but at least here it's not ''quite'' to the level of being StrangledByTheRedString.
* CoolBigSis: Melanie and, by extension, Wanda for Jamie. They are a bit overprotective, but given the environment, it's understandable.
* CrazyPrepared: Melanie's relatives, but especially Jeb - he completely overhauls a cave system to make it inhabitable, solely because he thought he'd need an ElaborateUndergroundBase someday.
* DeathByChildbirth: The soul's reproduction system is a suicidal process for the Mother.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ian.
* [[spoiler:DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest]]: A borderline case occurs towards the end when [[spoiler:Kyle's girlfriend turns out to be brain-dead, leading the humans to place the soul back inside of her.]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Seeker.
** Also, Doc. Wanda actually asks him why that is, and it turns out he finds his real name embarrassing. [[spoiler: It's Eustace.]]
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: When a Soul gets a new host, they automatically gain all of that host's communicative abilities, which leads Wanderer to often mention translated idioms from previous alien cultures that she's lived in... which leads to a running gag with her noting that "it sounds better in Bear".
* ExtremeDoormat: The normal way for souls to behave towards each other, much to the annoyance of the human characters when watching it on television or interacting with Wanderer. On top of Wanderer's natural disposition, add that she is constantly terrified and uses it as a survival strategy to avoid antagonizing her (understandably) hostile captors. She gets better about it as she feels less threatened and learn more of human culture. [[spoiler:At the end, it is revealed that Wanderer was actually far LESS doormatty than the average Soul all along. The new character Sunny is portrayed as not only being far worse than Wanderer in this regard, but also as being the normal and average for her species. It becomes rather obvious that if Souls and Humans are ever going to be able to coexist on Earth, it will take not only Souls protecting the Humans from other Souls, but also Humans protecting the Souls from other Humans.]]
* FantasticRacism:
** It never occurs to the souls (including Wanderer, at first) that maybe they shouldn't be taking over the minds of every species they run across and essentially wiping them out. One species commits mass suicide to escape them; rather than rethink their system the souls cheerily continue infesting the ones who didn't escape in time, pausing only briefly to regret the waste of host bodies. They also tend to babble about humans being violent, while at the same time making an organized effort to "[[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide discard]]" all "wild" humans.
*** Even after Wanda comes to the conclusion that HumansAreSpecial and shouldn't be hosts, she doesn't extend the same consideration to the other species that the souls have conquered. For that matter neither do the humans, who are more than happy to ship disembodied souls off to other worlds to inhabit hosts there.
** The Seeker, at at least in the [[FilmOfTheBook film]], makes a point to mention that Earth is the only planet that they have done this on where the inhabitants were not symbiotic with the Souls.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Also somewhat implied (at least if we give Meyer the benefit of the doubt). No way are any habitable, carbon-based-life-supporting planets within 5 years' travel of Earth ''without'' it, even if they ''are'' GenerationShips.
** It's outright stated that, even ''with'' faster than light travel, the closest planetary system takes at least a decade to reach (the furthest ones require centuries). On this point at least, Meyer has done her homework.
* FilmOfTheBook
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Kyle and Ian. Maggie and Jeb are a subversion in that Maggie comes across as rather level-headed while Jeb comes across as somewhat crazy. However, Maggie is the foolish one as she lets pride and stubbornness rule out basic logic, while Jeb is the responsible one who views things from all angles and is quick on his feet.
* GambitRoulette: Jared initially believe everything Wanderer does is proof that she's secretly a Seeker trying to infiltrate the group. This starts to annoy the others since he keeps it up way too long and even Jared starts to realize how ridiculous he's being.
* GeneticMemory: The Souls have a form of this, though given the way they reproduce, it kinda makes a vague sort of sense.
* GoingNative: Wanderer. Later also other Souls, such as Sunny.
* GoodVersusGood: The conflict between soul society and the free humans gradually develop into this, as Wanderer teaches the humans how to gain the moral high ground [[spoiler:by getting rid of souls without harming them, thus denying soul society their excuse to identify themselves as the peaceful side of the conflict.]]
* GuiltComplex: Wanderer feels that everything that goes wrong is her fault. Sometimes she's right to feel that way but most of the time it's the complex.
* HalfWayPlotSwitch: Happens twice. It starts out being about an alien adjusting to life as a bodysnatcher, then devotes the entire second act, and much of the third, to developing platonic and romantic relationships with the rebels, before focusing on saving the humans near the end.
* HappinessInSlavery: Sunny really enjoys being kidnapped. Well, except for when people argue over her or insist that they should set her free or at least let her out of the cave.
* HeelFaceTurn: Wanderer's joining the side of the humans. [[spoiler: She is not alone in this; other souls like Sunny and Burns do the same.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Melanie attempts suicide in order to prevent the hosts from using her memories. [[spoiler:Wanderer attempts suicide, but the others intervene at the last second.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Wanderer has one when [[spoiler:she discovers the doc is attempting to remove souls from humans, killing both in the process. She hides herself away for two days and doesn't talk to anyone.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Seeker is this, with the humans being the monsters.
* HonorBeforeReason: Or rather Empathy Before Reason. In either case, this is Melanie's view on Wanderer trying to protect the life of a guy who ''repeatedly tried to kill her.''
** She also tries ''[[spoiler:to trade her life]]'' to save the life of the Seeker, who has hounded her for months and [[spoiler: killed one of her friends]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Kyle and [[spoiler: Jodi/Sunny]]. This also is the fate of [[spoiler: Ian and Wanda in Pet's body.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: According to Wanderer, who has experienced being most of the sentient races of the known universe, humans have more individual variation and a deeper range of emotions than any of the other species. However, this assertion might be unfair to those other races, since they were never truly given a fair chance to express themselves. And Wanderer is emotionally biased in favor of humans anyway. In any case, humans are objectively special in the sense that they are the first species to resist possession.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Played perfectly straight ''and'' completely deconstructed. On an individual level, Humans are far more violent, hostile, hateful and generally dangerous than the naturally meek and friendly Souls. On the society level, humans have in the past committed genocide against their own species and harmed the environment of their own home world. Souls would never do such a thing, and can't imagine themselves doing such a thing - thus refusing to realize the truth about what they have become. They are oppressive genocidal tyrants now, and the few of them who start to realize it are having a very hard time living with themselves.
** On a meta level, this is where The Host connects to Twilight. Both stories are about love between a creature who is monstrous but kind and his comparatively meek and fragile little lover, and about his struggle to contain himself and his people so she doesn't get hurt. In both cases, it has nothing to do with gender, it's all about species. However, it just so happens that the male happens to be of the monstrous species (vampire in Twilight, human in The Host) while the female just happens to be of the meeker species (human in Twilight, Soul in The Host).
* HumanPopsicle: Or, rather, Alien Popsicle. The Souls go into suspended animation when traveling between worlds, since the trip can take up to a century.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Wanderer
* IndestructibleEdible: Twinkies in an abandoned house.
* InspectorJavert: The Seeker
* InterspeciesRomance: Does not always work out, though.
* InSeriesNickname: Some souls have these since [[NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom their names tend to be mouthfuls]]. We get Wanda for Wanderer, Sunny for Sunlight Passing Through the Ice, Pet for Petals Open to the Moon, Fords for Fords Deeps Waters [[spoiler: and Burns for Burns Living Flowers]].
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Doc says a variant of this [[spoiler:to Wanderer, right before her HeroicSacrifice]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Wanderer [[spoiler:gives up on retaining Melanie as a host for Melanie's sake, effectively trying to commit suicide because she doesn't even want to take over another host (she now sees it as cruel and unfair to the host)... but also largely to give Melanie back to Jared and vice versa, making it a sort of ''double'' IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy]].
* JailbaitWait: Jared refused to sleep with Melanie until she turned eighteen. [[spoiler:Wanderer took note of this, and lied about her new host body's age so that Ian wouldn't have the same scruple]].
* {{Jerkass}}: The Seeker, again. [[spoiler:At least in part because her host is just as bad.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kyle, though it takes a while for the "heart of gold" part to show up.
* LongLived: The Souls. Other alien species are implied to be this as the Souls claim that humans have some of the shortest life cycles in the Universe.
* LoveRedeems: The main reason souls mistreat humans and humans mistreat souls is that they fail to form emotional bonds with each other across the species line. As the cause melts away, so does the effect.
* LoveTriangle: In two bodies! The triangle being Melanie/Jared/Wanderer.
** LoveDodecahedron: In three bodies! Ian loves Wanderer who falls for him in return but Mel is so steadfast in her love for Jared that the body causes Wanda not to respond to Ian and forces her to have feelings for Jared. Jared loves Melanie but there are hints that he is starting to fall for Wanderer as well.
*** It's really more of a [[AlienGeometries Love Square with three sides...]]
* MayFlyDecemberRomance: Wanderer and Ian.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Wes]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "It's a strange world." "The strangest."
* MeaningfulName: Wanderer. Lucina's son, Freedom.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: This is ''very'' subtle, but present still. Almost all of those who die are male, and they get [[MauveShirt killed off before we really get a chance to know them much]].
* MercyKill: An old man in the human community is painfully dying of bone cancer. Jared steals enough painkillers for Doc to give him an overdose.
* MightyWhitey: Race and species inverted with Wanderer in Mel's body. Also gender inverted, since the traditional Mighty Whitey is male.
* MindControlEyes: A Soul-possessed human's eyes develop a silvery [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapetum_lucidum eye shine]] (given that the Souls' tissue and blood is silvery in color, this may or may not make a slight bit of sense). This is somewhat portrayed on the book's cover, though, as only ''part'' of the pupil appears silver, instead of the "all of it" kind of portion you'd get from eye shine. This is likely to show that Melanie is partially in control.
* TheMindIsAPlayThingOfTheBody: The Souls are strongly affected by natural instincts and sometimes memories of their hosts. If a human host loved someone before the transformation and this feeling was mutual, it's very likely their souls will become a couple. It happens even if souls haven't met each other before.
* {{Moe}}: [[spoiler: Invoked by the choice of Wanda's final host, who is so petite and pretty that other people will naturally want to protect her and not suspect her of anything.]]
* MoralDissonance: The Souls consider themselves peaceful, loving, and perfectly moral, despite the fact that their primary activity appears to be wiping out other sentient species (that is, the species still exists in a biological sense, but the individuals composing it are functionally dead. At best, it's slavery on a grand scale, but since what happens to the individuals is closer to murder, "wiped out" isn't pushing it too far.)
* MoralMyopia: To the Souls, having the host gain control of them and thus erase their identity is considered a FateWorseThanDeath. The Souls doing this to their hosts is, of course, nothing of the sort.
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The Souls that didn't take their human host's name have these, such as 'Sunlight Passing Through the Ice', 'Glass Spires', and 'Rides the Beast'.
* NobleSavage: How Wanderer see the free humans... well, most of the time, anyway. The way Sunny reacts to being kidnapped into their community, she probably feel the same way.
* PlanetOfHats: This is how every planet taken over by the Souls is described. A deconstructed trope, since it is also mentioned that the stereotype doesn't really fit at all. The planethattery is all about giving new people a simple and efficient, although inaccurate, summary of the species that inhabit the planet.
* PuppeteerParasite: Played straight but ''very'' oddly, with the invaders being basically kind, caring, albeit not always particularly perceptive individuals who [[MoralDissonance just aren't really aware of just how atrocious their treatment of other species is]]. Some of the hosts survive the process, others do not. It depends on what the plot requires.
* RaceLift: In the book Melanie is described as having tanned skin and is part Latina on her mother's side; in [[FilmOfTheBook the Movie]] she is played by the very white Saoirse Ronan (who is Irish, making this also crossover into FakeAmerican).
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Wanderer claims to be thousands of Earth years old, though she admits that she's lost count of her real age.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler:Walter]]. Up until his death throes, the only real characterization he has is "Supports Wanderer." When his death scene rolls around, it just serves to illustrate how caring and sensitive Wanderer is.
* SenseFreak: Understandable, since in the story, [[HumansAreSpecial humans have the most (and most vivid) senses out of any species the Souls have ever taken as hosts]]. Wanderer's even warned about it ahead of time; apparently it's in the brochure.
** Humans are the only species the souls have ever encountered who have a sense of smell distinct from a sense of taste.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Ian and Jared. This is also the relationship Ian has with his brother, Kyle.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Jake Abel and Boyd Holbrook as Ian and Kyle O'Shea.
* SharingABody
* StarfishAliens: According to Wanderer, there are a grand total of, uh, ''exactly zero'' remotely humanoid species in the universe other than humans. So much so that they have to give new names to different species due to new mouths.
* StealthPun: The See Weeds.
* StockholmSyndrome: We never get to know how much of Wanderer's transformation is caused by this dynamic. It is definitely not the only factor, and the reasons why she came to the desert in the first place are surely more important. But the classic pattern is definitely in place as she is captured, subjected to systematic torture and then gradually introduced and accepted into society. (While they don't beat her up very often, the constant sensory deprivation, permanent threat of death, rough living conditions and constant bullying could break almost anyone down.)
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Especially when it comes to medicine, which is almost ridiculously effective, ridding the body of infection, fever, cancer, whatever, pretty much instantly.
* SymbioticPossession: Wanda and Melanie finally become friends after Wanda spends some time with other humans.
* TakeAThirdOption: The humans do this when they implant Wanderer into another human host whose original personality didn't survive rather than either killing her or sending her to another Soul controlled planet like she wanted them to.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: In-universe. Souls kept television around after taking over the planet, but every single pre-invasion show (save, briefly, for ''TheBradyBunch'') was booted off the air and replaced with the Souls' original programs. All of them fit this trope.
* TimeAbyss: The Souls. They have been around for several thousands of years and can live forever (though they can be killed by outside means). They even spend up to centuries in hibernation when they are traveling in space. At one point, Wanderer, who has lost track of her own age she's been around so long, can only pinpoint an event as being "after the dinosaurs lived on Earth".
* TortureTechnician: Wanderer believes Doc to be this at first.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Deconstructed, with how the Soul society is anything but totalitarian. On the contrary, their complete lack of BigBrotherIsWatchingYou is what makes the rebels able to operate in the first place.
* TotallyEighteen: Wanderer lies (to everybody in general, and to Ian in particular) about the age of her new host body - in this way, and for the associated reasons.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The aliens certainly believe that it does.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Given that the story is told from the first-person perspective of an alien, there's a lot of subtext in the characterizations that isn't readily apparent. This leads to characters like the Seeker, Maggie, Sharon and Kyle coming off as two-dimensional [[DesignatedVillain Designated Villains]]. Meyer could have put more work into fleshing out their motives and histories.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: As the souls are beginning to realize that adult humans are now growing resistant to alien possession, they instead pick up the habit of systematically "discarding" all adult humans. The horror and true meaning of this practice is only dawning to some of the Souls, and only gradually.

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