Title: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publication Year: 2006
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Borrowed from my younger sister; plan to purchase
I started reading the next installment of this series while at my parents’ place Christmas Eve. When I had gotten through the first few chapters, I had to go sound off at my younger sisters for not warning me … that the entire focus of the story changes!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like other kinds of supernatural things, not just vampires. But, when I’m expecting a vampire story, why do I then have to read through almost 400 pages with very few mentions of vampires, not to mention having to learn a whole new set of supporting characters?
I mean, it does make sense. This is yet another time where I’ll say that the plot is fairly decent, but the actual writing sucks. And this second installment introduces even!more!angst!, if that’s possible, than Twilight had. After all, you’re kind of setting yourself up for an angsty, emotional, teenage drama when the main character cries herself into numbness in the forest all alone after her boyfriend leaves, has to be found by a native search party, and then four months are completely skipped over by virtue of a really awkward sequence consisting of blank pages with nothing but the month title in the middle of them.
Once you get past the awkwardness of the beginning of the novel, it does end up getting more interesting. Jacob and the other Quileutes (the natives from a reservation close to Bella’s town), particularly the ones who end up shape-shifting, are fleshed out about as much as the Cullens were in the previous book, but somehow manage to be a little bit more heartwarming anyways, in large part because they end up protecting Bella from harm way earlier in the book than Edward and his family did in the last one. The rest of the story just flows along, again neither great nor horrible.
The end of the novel gets really weird, though, like Meyer is trying way too hard to tie things together. Suddenly Bella and Alice are racing to Italy to save Edward from his plan of getting the Volturi to kill him so that he doesn’t have to live in a world where Bella exists. Since, you know, he’s under the mistaken belief that Bella has killed herself, and he doesn’t wait to confirm this or show back up in Forks to check or attend the funeral first. But in the end, everything works out (as usual), some of the angst is relieved since Edward is back, some more is started up with the rivalry between Edward and Jacob, and Meyer has managed to set up the backstory for the remainder of the series.
Definitely my least favourite book of the series. It could have been much better, had someone with better writing skill tackled it, even with the same basic narrative arc.