I just finished reading Host by Stephanie Meyers and it still takes my breath away. This book is really a unique kind of work: a romantic adventure, a character oriented novel set in the future, when parasites have taken over the Earth and invaded human bodies. The main character, a parasite named Wanderer is completely endearing, showing the many ambiuities associated with her race as a whole. At the same time, the resistant host Melanie and the other members of the human resistance show the ambiguities associated with our own race: strength and courage are interwoven with violence.
As Meyers's dedication implies, though, "the best part of any story is love." While this certainly is a story about aliens and resistance, it is more that story of Melanie/Wanderer's dedication to the people they love, and to each other. The romance is thick and rich - and at times all encompassing. In reading it, I fell in love with the people who Melanie and Wanderer loved, and more than once I found myself in tears.
This book grabbed me like so few books do and left me craving more. It's definitely worth re-reading, and I'm hoping to see more of this in the future.