Editors note: This is part one of two reviews of “Breaking Dawn.” Click here to go to part one.
On August 1st eager fans flocked to bookstores nationwide to get their hands on a copy of Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyers’ fourth installment in her best-selling vampire romance saga.
Thousands of fans dressed up as their favorite characters as they waited in long lines for the midnight release.
The last time such an event was witnessed was a little over a year ago with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
As promised, Breaking Dawn more than adequately wraps up all loose ends the previous novel leaves unraveled.
The vampire-werewolf-human love triangle comprising the three main characters has collapsed, leaving teenage protagonist, Bella Swan moving forward to high-school graduation, a marriage proposal, and the likely chance of spending the rest of eternity as a vampire herself.
What differs from the previous installments is the addition of a second narrator, Jacob Black, adding a new twist and much more humor from the bleak outlook of Isabella.
The novel is split into three sections, creating refreshing breaks in the often times tedious pacing. Periodically,
Breaking Dawn, seems to spread itself thin with needless over-analyzing and meaningless dialogue, but with more drama and romance than a soap opera, it is guaranteed to satisfy most of the teenage girls making up the core component of Stephenie Meyers’ fan base.
Although Breaking Dawn more than delivers when it comes to keeping tabs on the lives of the popular fantasy couple, readers may find themselves asking exactly how much of this was necessary.
With a few additions to the cast, the novel provides nothing new for its fans to chew.
The seven-hundred plus pages of Breaking Dawn could easily have been condensed into a few additional chapters at the end of Eclipse, the previous installment in the series.
Fortunately for Stephenie Meyers, after reaching a status similar to that of J.K. Rowling in the world of fantasy literature, devoted fans will perpetually gobble up any words she writes.
For die-hard fans of the series, Breaking Dawn is a must have book. For the rest, it may be better just to borrow a copy from a friend.