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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Hardcover – August 2, 2008
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Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights--with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). 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. How close she comes to actually making that sacrifice is questionable, which is a big shift from the earlier books. Even though you knew Bella would make it through somehow, the threats to her life, and to her relationship with Edward, had previously always felt real. It’s as if Meyer was afraid of hurting her characters too much, which is unfortunate, because the pain Bella suffered at losing Edward in New Moon, and the pain Jacob suffered at losing Bella again and again, are the fire and the heart that drive the whole series. Diehard fans will stick with Bella, Edward, and Jacob for as many twists and turns as possible, but after most of the characters get what they want with little sacrifice, some readers may have a harder time caring what happens next. (Ages 12 and up) --Heidi Broadhead
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It might seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy--but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. [...] But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily--in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times? Ages 12–up. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Now a high school graduate, Bella is preparing to marry her sweetheart Edward Cullen and become a vampire--both because it's what she wants and to satisfy the demands of the royal Volutri (vampire leaders) since she knows of the existence of vampires. But it's a wedding that she also dreads: being the center of attention, with invitations she didn't choose and wouldn't have willingly chosen (one of which was sent to werewolf Jacob Black, and which prompted him to run away), with sky-high heals that might result in broken bones, and fancy wedding dress. But it is a price Bella is willing to pay to get her eternal life--and a real honeymoon before her change. That honeymoon results in the seemingly impossible consequence (for a vampire) of pregnancy and rapidly threatens Bella's life as the pregnancy advances with incredible speed. Yet not even then can Jacob sever whatever tie connects him and Bella. Ultimately, Bella seems to have her cake and eat it too (even though vampires don't eat), and poor Jacob get shafted yet again.
Hopefully Edward and Bella can use their eternity of marriage to fix their issues. Communication is a big problem for them. Edward constantly thinks he knows better than Bella what is best for her. She does seem a little more aware of that than in the past, and has a plan in place to checkmate one of Edward's plans (by involving Rosalie). But Bella isn't much better than Edward in this sense. She isn't willing to see his side of the situation at all or to recognize that her plan might not work out. And after a brief explosion at learning why she and Jacob have always been so connected, Bella's just happy as a fish in the ocean that she'll always have him in her life, even though it involves Jacob being permanently separated from his own life and past. Wonder if years from now this will end up being a regret of Meyer's, much like the Ron/Hermione pairing ended up as one of JK Rowling's regrets.
1. Bella "Ok I'll marry you for sex"
2. The alien 'Nudger' baby and Rosalie all of a sudden BFFs with Bella
3. As many have said, no one has to sacrifice anything! Shouldn't Bella, who's transformation into a vampire albeit painful really wasn't that hard, feel some sort of loss or pain due to the sacrifice she's made? Shouldn't Charlie be terrified of her? Or Jacob, disgusted by the whole thing, leaves? No. Instead she gets the hunk, gets the new family, keeps her human family, and the guy who she's strung along for 3 novels is still in her life as a glorified baby sitter. And everyone lives happily ever after! For 3 novels, the Cullens have sacrificed exposure, the volturri (in New Moon), the newborns, and then in BD all they have is a very serious talk with the Volturri??? Give me a break! Where's the conflict, struggle, sacrifice?
4. The imprinting on the creepy alien newborn...Yuck! (Maybe it was just me, but I keep picturing it as one of those computer animation monsters that looks kind of human but has huge eyes and jagged teeth. I never got past Renesmee - stupidest name ever - being an IT). I must say that the imprinting thing throughout the books bothered me. So what he babysits her, changes her diapers, and when she comes of age it turns into "hey sexy"? more Yuck!
5. The birthing scene...even more Yuck! Really, Edward has to chew the baby out? I mean, no sex god forbid, but creepy horrifying brutal birthing scene? Sure!
6. All the build up to their 'first time' and it fades to black. Ok we aren't reading porn here but still - Have Bella talk about it being magical or sparkly. They barely cover it.
7. Let's introduce a million characters at the end. So many you have to put a geneology at the end. Why? Why? When I got to this point, I was half expecting Wolverine or Magneto to come around. All these mutants...er...vampires with special powers were really obnoxious to keep straight.
8. When I say this, I say it incredulously... Did anyone else get bothered at how many times that word came up, in all the books? I know she's no literary genius (nor am I but I'm not making millions selling books) but she used that word over and over. Irked me to no end.
9. I truly felt as I was reading this, and I've spoken to others that have read it who have agreed, that it was ghost written. It is so far out there from the other books. I am really disappointed and let down.
In Summary: I hated the book, wished I hadn't paid for it (someone offered to loan it to me but I wanted to have the 'complete saga'), glad amazon had it cheap, hope they don't make this travesty into a movie, and wish I could go back in time to finish with just 'Eclipse' and make up my own conclusion in my head.