The One with Chris' Breaking Dawn Review

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Chris has a blog where he lists reviews of all the books he reads. This is his review, not mine. And if you don't want to know anything about the book, don't keep reading.

Title & Author: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages)

Genre: Fiction—Adventure & Romance

Completed: 22 August 2008

Summary & Review:
This is the long awaited final volume of the Twilight Saga. Early on in the book Bella and Edward finally get married, but Bella decides to remain human/mortal for a little while to enjoy the, er, physical aspects of their married relationship. While enjoying their honeymoon Bella realizes she is pregnant. Yep, pregnant, with a half-human/half-vampire baby that almost kills Bella when she delivers it. The only way Edward can save her is to turn her into a vampire. Bella adjusts quickly to the life of an immortal and life as a mother. But, this newfound peace doesn’t last
long as the Volturi decide the new hybrid baby is a threat and come to destroy the Cullen clan.

Paige had a pretty mixed review about this book, but I know she was happy that at least Bella and Edward got married and that Bella was turned into a vampire. I was glad about that, too. It would have made the whole series kind of pointless if Bella and Edward didn’t get to “ride off into the sunset” as vampires. But, I would have to say that this was my least favorite book of the series. I thought the action aspect of the plot was a major let down—the story built up your anticipation for a huge, apocalyptic final battle between the Cullens and the Volturi, but nothing happened. Not only was the action aspect kind of a disappointment, but the relationship between Bella and Edward really took a supporting, rather than starring, role. That relationship and the interaction between those two has been the backbone for this series and has been what has drawn so many fans to the saga, so to see it play such a minor role in the bulk of the plot was a big change. Also, why were there so many typos? And I’m not even talking about misspelled words; I’m talking about major grammatical errors. I’m sure that drove Paige, Ms. Editor, absolutely nuts, since it even bugged me. I guess they must have rushed to get this book out, probably someone (The publisher? An agent? Meyer herself?) got a little greedy and antsy for the big pay day. But I'm glad Stephenie Meyer tied up the series.

Rating: 8.0

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