Monday, August 18, 2008

Breaking Dawn Review

I finally finished Breaking Dawn.
After two weeks and over 800 pages, I have finally been able to finish Stephanie Meyer's longest book yet. Was it worth it. Read on and I will give you my review..but be warned there are SPOILERS ahead.


At a little bit past midnight on August 3rd, I started to read Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. Two weeks later, I finished it.
The book continues the story of Bella and Edward who in the beginning of the book get married and then around a week later have a baby who then begins what seems like a war with the Volturi.
The baby when we first learn of her appears to be killing Bella which starts the issue of abortion of one of he central parts of the story. As Bella feels that to kill the baby would be wrong despite that the baby is killing her and will not let anyone save her from what appears to be death. This is the anti-abortion standpoint of the story.
But then we have Jacob who in his portion of the book thinks that the baby should be killed before it kills Bella. This is the Pro-Abortion standpoint of the story.
But in the end, the baby survives and so does Bella who is then turned into a vampire. Jacob then decides to kill the baby but imprints on her instead.
This begins the last part of the book which is in some ways the least interesting. In it, the story seems to lead up to a large fight with the Volturi which ends up not happening. That is where this book ends.
The book has not been the most popular of all the Twilight books largely because I think it is a very different book then the other ones. In a series where a large amount of the praise was about how it never used sex, it must have come as a shock that in this one there is sex.
In a series that often uses horror as a key part of its stories, it must have come as a shock to some that the werewolves are just shape shifters.
In a series where a large part of its popularity clearly comes from the love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella, it must have come as a shock to have Bella marry Edward in the second chapter and Jacob imprint on Bella and Edward's daughter who was a newborn baby.
I think though that it is a standalone volume of the Twilight that was very well written and paced. I also think that it did so the characters justice.
But I think it is just the beginning of a new saga of books about Jacob and Renesme and all the other characters. But for Bella this was the end. Her story is over. It is time for a new one to start.

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