Saturday, January 10, 2009

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Little, Brown and Company, 2008
754 pages

Have you ever postponed reading a book simply because you didn't want the story to end? As the fourth (final?) book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn takes the story and characters to a whole new level. One difference between these and the previous books is that the middle section of the book is told from the perspective of another character (not the main character, Bella). Many new characters appear - some we've heard of before in the other books, but others are totally new. It gives the book a fresh twist but also opens up possibilities for additional material.

Breaking Dawn answers a lot of questions I've had since the first book in the series, for example: Will Bella end up with Edward or Jacob? Will she stay human or become a vampire? Will her parents learn what's going on? Will the Volturi cause trouble? How will this all play out? All is revealed in Breaking Dawn.

But is the saga really over? Is Breaking Dawn really the last book? Sometime last year, a friend told me that Meyer wrote some sample chapters for a fifth book, which was to be called Midnight Sun. According to internet rumors, someone leaked the book online. Sometime last year, Meyer made the contents available on her web site

So maybe it's not really over after all?

Rating: 4 stars - OK, it was my least favorite of the books. A lot of material is covered and some seemed rushed. But I enjoyed it.