Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga
Previous Books in the Series:
1.5. Life and Death
2. New Moon
Date Started: March 14
Date Finished: March 16
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?
It’s been almost a decade since this book’s release, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. Twilight fever hadn’t quite set in completely yet. But there was more pomp and circumstance to Breaking Dawn’s release than there had been for New Moon or Eclipse. Midnight parties galore. Everyone couldn’t wait to see how the love triangle would end and whether or not Bella would finally give up her mortality to become an immortal like Edward. But after the party, when everyone got home and started reading, things got a little bleak. Sure, the love triangle was finally resolved, but something was written in those pages that caused outrage to go through the ranks. How could it be that something like this could happen to Bella? When we were told that it couldn’t be possible?
When I first read Breaking Dawn, I didn’t get the outrage from the fanbase over what Meyer had done. I mean, logically, I get that Bella getting pregnant wasn’t even a possibility. But I was strictly in the whole this is a work of fiction, this is Meyer’s world she can do what she wants just as long as she gives a reasonable explanation for how the impossible became possible. And in some ways she did. Bella was still human, she was able to change enough to bare a pregnancy. And Edward, was forever stuck at seventeen. As long as you don’t think about it, it’s completely reasonable… Sort of.
I still get very squeamish when Bella gives birth and I really, really had to try really hard to continue reading that passage this time around. I’m pretty sure that I started skimming some of it at some point just so that way I wouldn’t either faint or vomit while at work. I would have loved to explain that to my coworkers. Ick. As for the love triangle that apparently never was…I’m still a little freaked out by how nicely Meyer packaged everything up. Bella ends up with Edward and the child they have together turns out to be Jacob’s ‘mate.’ Um…great? Of course, now that I’m thinking about this, does the whole imprint thing still apply considering we find out that Jacob and the other wolves aren’t werewolves at all but just shape shifters? I’m curious to know.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I don’t like a book that makes me think too much about things that happen within it. Bella’s pregnancy made me think too hard. The whole love triangle is resolved almost too neatly. And I wish that Meyer had expanded more on the Cullen’s time with their band of witnesses.
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