New Moon by Stephenie Meyer was a much anticipated book by many readers. However, New Moon was a slight disappointment. The most captivating parts of New Moon for me would have to be the beginning and the end.
Yes, those are the scenes with Edward in it. However, the author decided to _not_ have Edward and the Cullen family included in much of the book and what a mistake. The reader is reduced to Bella’s delusions and oratory hallucinations of Edward in its place.
The story opens with the Cullen’s throwing Bella a birthday party. The merriment doesn’t last long when Bella gets a paper cut and nearly gets herself killed. So, the Cullens pack up and leave and Bella experiences her first heartbreak. I didn’t see the need to wallow in Bella’s angst as much as we did. I read every bit of it as quick as I could but it didn’t get any better. The author then goes on to start a thread with Bella and Jacob becoming best friends, creating a complication to be expanded on later.
The plot thickens even further when it is revealed that Victoria has come back to Forks to hunt for Bella. Victoria was apart of James coven and who was later killed by the Cullens when he went hunting for Bella in Twilight. It was the most suspenseful part of the book.
The thread then moves toward the Cullens return back to Forks when Alice foresees wrongly Bella’s death which would provide the impetus for Edward’s destruction. Thus to Florence, Italy they flee to save Edward and thus you have the reunion.
New Moon was not as engaging as Twilight in that we spent very little time with the Cullens. The Cullens for me make the book. The protagonist and narrator, Bella, happens to be the weakest character in the story and the most annoying. To spend most of this book with Bella and not with Bella and Edward together was what made this book a chore to read. I didn’t really care for the teenage angst. The thread with the werewolves was a bit uneven; for abbreviated time period it was menacing and at other times a joke.
Whenever the author is focused on Edward and Bella or the Cullen family – the story is pretty smooth. As a reader I’m engaged in the story. I am right there. However, in New Moon, there was very little of Edward or the Cullens except at the beginning and end. New Moon took longer to read because I could easily put it down and forget about it. I had high hopes that if Edward wasn’t going to be in the story, then the author would make up for that somehow with more suspense and an intriguing story.
So, what is the verdict from this reader? New Moon for me rates about a C+. It wasn’t completely bad nor was it great. All one has to do is read the beginning and the end and be ready for the third book. All the middle parts was just for filler. Boring filler. Subterfuge. I read most of it and skimmed the rest when I got tired of Bella’s silliness. Die hard fans are going to want to read this. New Moon will not be a book that I would reread but up on the shelf next to Twilight is where it will sit until the third book. I love Ms. Meyer’s voice/style of writing so that was never an issue. I think her writing much of the story without Edward and the Cullens was a mistake but that’s my opinion. I just don’t think there’s much story without them.
And one other thing: if Bella gets turned into a vampire then that will be the last of the series for me. I find her wanting to be a vampire rather stupid. Its her humanity that provides a challenge to Edward and the Cullens. It’s what keeps me reading. Without that complication, what would be the conflict? I could somewhat understand his dilemma in having her grow older than him and having that be a problem but -I just wouldn’t want it to happen unless it was absolutely necessary.
[Tags]New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, YA novel, Vampires, Werewolves[/tags]