Friday, 21 August 2009

Book Review: Stephanie Meyer – Breaking Dawn

WARNING – May contain spoilers for the previous books in the Twilight series for those who have not read them.

I read and reviewed the first three books in the Twilight series earlier with varying degrees of approval and enjoyment.

By the time I had gotten to the fourth and final instalment, not only was I not expecting very much, but I only wanted to read the books to find out how things ended and sort of get it over and done with.

Bella and Edward are now married and the question now is whether she will remain human or become a vampire. The story takes a rather odd twists which moves along at a fast pace. All of the old characters are there and many of those mentioned in the previous books appear as their stories are explained. Again Bella and Edward and the pack of werewolves that the vampires have a love-hate relationship with, have to face down seemingly-invincible enemies.

I almost didn’t bother writing this review. The book was that bad. The writing was bad and the tension that hooked the reader in the first book and fizzled out in the second and third book was pretty much completely gone from this last instalment. The story moved along well enough and there is a kind of clarification and closure in the last part, but like a children’s book it all ends too well with all of the loose ends tied up (even many children’s books don’t end that neatly any more)

In the end, I put it down with a slight feeling of having wasted my time and disappointed that Edward and Bella’s love story lost its sparkle.

1 comment:

  1. Er, I didn't really the first and second series either. Well, not much. Didn't sustain my interest much.