Thursday, December 1, 2011
REVIEW: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Spoilers present)
Audience: Older Middle/High School/Adult
Genre: Vampire Fiction/Romance
Summary: In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling--a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long feud between werewolves and vampires--resolve pretty quickly, apparently so that Meyer could focus on Bella’s latest opportunity for self-sacrifice: giving her life for someone she loves even more than Edward.
Lucinda's Views: In the last installment in the Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer doesn't fail to deliver. I really enjoyed re-reading this book after seeing the movie on opening night. (Side note: The book and the movie follow closely and the film is well done.) Having said that, Bella's new adventures kept me interested as her evolving relationship with Edward takes on some unexpected turns. The way that the story neatly wraps up the love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella is satisfying, and the ending to the book rings true.
On a deeper level the story ponders some of the ethical questions that plague our society today...."Is terminating a pregnancy morally right? Which person is more important the mother or the baby, especially when the mother's life is in danger?"
On another note, the appearance of the Volturi bring more vampires out of the woodwork, several of whom I would like to see further stories about. Vampires such as Garrettt, and the reappearance of the Denali vampires for instance. Another possible story that I would like to see is the relationship between Jacob and Renesmee. Possible spin offs? Who knows? Only Stephenie Meyer.
Just a little trailer from the movie to whet your appetite :)
Found this interview with Stephenie done by Nancy Pearl...Interesting!