The Compulsive Reader: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

This is a spoiler-free review!

Being with Edward Cullen has never been easy, as Bella Swan well knows, after nearly two years of brushes with death with her adopted vampire family. But she and Edward are finally ready to take the next step in their relationship by getting married, and then turning Bella into a vampire. It all rolls out without a hitch, and Bella and Edward are the picture of a blissful couple, until their honeymoon is rudely interrupted by a shocking event, putting not only Bella's life in danger, but the lives of the Cullen family and their werewolf friends as well.

The fourth and final installment of the Twilight Saga does not disappoint. Though it lacks much of the mystery and elegant descriptions of the dreary setting of Forks that entranced readers in Twilight, Breaking Dawn is overflowing with romance, action, and danger that sufficiently do their job in keeping the reader enthralled. However, certain parts of the story do feel a bit rushed, such as the wedding, and could have stood to be beefed up a little bit. Also, wedged almost midway through this weighty 750 page tome is a block of about 200 or so pages told from Jacob's perspective. While the story is served much better from his point of view at this point in the story, it does seem to break up the general flow a bit, making it harder to concentrate on the plot, and easy to countdown the pages until we can get inside of Bella's head again.

Once the story picks up again with Bella, it's hard to keep up. Bella's transformation from human to vampire is not quite as dramatic as many readers originally imagined, but is almost glossed over in light of a bigger surprise that will intrigue and delight readers. Meyers skillfully builds up suspense to the climax where Bella and Edward's lives inevitably will be put in danger, encouraging a niggling sense of doubt that was always lacking in its prequels. However, like many problems that have been presented throughout the Twilight saga, this one seems to resolve itself too easily. But these flaws are understated by breathless excitement, jaw-dropping surprises, maddening suspense, and enduring romance, which have become staples of the Twilight Saga, and will leave you dreaming long after the book is finished.

I'm going to open up the comments below to discussion. However, be courteous! If you want to talk about a spoiler, put a warning up before you do!

1 comment:

Carolina P said...

I'm a big fan of the Twilight series and I agree with you 100%. I liked the book, was surprised by a lot of things, and felt that the conflict was solved a little too easily. Still, I can't really be "disappointed" by the book since I finally have closure, you know? I didn't dislike it. I guess I have mixed feelings about it. Nonetheless I'm quite content with it. It's a good ending to the series, I think.