Saturday, January 14, 2012

ReView of BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer

Alright, I am so ecstatic to finally finish the 'Twilight Saga.'  It was definitely EPIC.  It dragged on for so long that I am finally excited to just put it to the side to get to bigger and better things.  Here are my final thoughts.

Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated.  Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment - Orson Scott Card

This is very much the idea behind the 'Breaking Dawn,' in fewer words. This last book in the series is really a sequence of events that holds everyone hostage to enemies, in this case being harmful mysteries.  Will the wedding go according to plan?  Where will Edward take Bella and will it all be a safe adventure?  Is it possible that Bella could be pregnant?  Why is the baby hurting Bella and what kind of baby is she carrying?  Will Bella survive and give birth to her baby as well?  Will Bella be turned into a vampire?  As a newborn vampire, will Bella endanger her baby and the people around her?  Will Jacob still be her friend or foe?  Will Jacob understand not to kill her baby?  Will her family accept that she is no longer the same person she knew without asking for too many details?  Will the Volturi have mercy on her and her baby and let them live their lives in peace?  How will they persuade the Volturi to just listen for long enough to understand that there is no need for killing anyone, especially her newborn baby?  Will everything be alright?  Will they get the chance to live forever as a family?

There is something worth mentioning in particular regarding this book, maybe more so than the rest of the other books.  First, this book is much more sophisticated than the rest, with a lot more to think about and ponder about, not just merely feelings and emotions - these are larger topics of existence such as character, marriage, carrying a child, and surviving the obstacles that life throws at you.  Secondly, there are subliminal implication within the text that at first seem unassuming but when taken out of context they carry much more weight for discussion than expected. These are points in the book to ponder on and think about, something the rest of the books don't really carry within them. Lastly, the plot is devised in such a fashion that this book can stand on its own, without the aid of the rest, because every point where background explanations are needed, they are given very thoroughly.

All in all a decent piece of writing.  I definitely would not read it, again, but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read the 'Twilight Saga,' just this one - not the rest.

Time to move on to better things before I become completely irritated that I spent a little over a month on these books.... but they had to be read since this book is so prominent in today's culture to some extent or other.

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