Study Guide

The Host Characters

By Stephenie Meyer

Wanderer/Wanda

If you were to take a look at our protagonist, you'd see a young woman. And you'd probably like...

Melanie Stryder

Melanie's hard to classify. She's a consciousness, still existing in her own body, which has been...

Jared Howe

Jared and Melanie are perfect for each other: Jared with his machismo and male dominance and...

Ian O'Shea

Stephenie Meyer heroines have a thing for statuesque marble men. Jared and Ian are basically...

Doc

Doc's a good example of a bad first impression. Wanda first sees Doc as someone who is going to...

Jamie Stryder

Jamie is Melanie's younger brother, but since both their parents of died, he's more of a son to...

Kyle O'Shea

Kyle is Ian's less attractive, more angry brother. Not a good combination. He's ruled by anger...

The Seeker/Lacey

The Seeker is a title bestowed upon a certain member of the alien race. They, quite obviously,...

Uncle Jebediah Stryder

Uncle Jeb is the benevolent dictator of a strange hippie commune. At least, he would be if the...

Walter

Poor Walter. He's one of those characters who exists to die, like a red shirt in Star Trek. It's...

Other Cave Dwellers

While we learn the names of all the cave dwellers, most of them don't have any impact on the...

The Souls

The first line of the book tells us about Wanda's species: "Because he was a soul, by nature he...