- Series: Twilight (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 756 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (August 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031606792X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316067928
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7,078 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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.
I think that some people may be giving the book low reviews because of the change in the tone of the book...and not many people like changes. While some people already made up their mind to hate the book before picking it up (probably because of the spoilers that were everywhere for the past few days), I read the book with an open mind; whatever happens, happens. For those who are afraid to read the book because they might find it disappointing, do what I did; act like you've never heard of any stupid spoilers and enjoy the book for the story it weaves as you turn the pages. I purchased the book around 12 midnight, and once I started reading it, I was unable to stop myself from dropping it until the story ended...which was about 7 am this morning :)
So please give the book a chance and you might actually love like I do.