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Stephenie Meyer's New Moon

The second book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

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Better Than the First, But Suffers from Similar Problems

  • Mar 6, 2009
Twilight took things off with a bang.  Changing the mythos of the vampire and introducing us to the characters of Bella and her love, Edward.  New Moon, a sequel, introduces us to Bella's friend Jacob and introduces us to deeper themes of love that it presents pretty well for the most part, but still suffers from some of the pitfalls of the first book, though certainly not as heavily.

In New Moon, Bella is celebrating her eighteenth birthday.  She spends it not with her father but with the Cullens.  After an unfortunate accident which causes her to bleed, Edward sees the dangers of having a human girlfriend.  Temptation is simply just too great.  So Edward and the Cullens decide to pick up and leave.  This doesn't settle well with Bella who goes from being an eighteen year old, to quickly being a fourteen year old who sulks through heartbreak enough to want to kill herself.  That already sounds a little unreal for the character that Meyer's gave us in the first book.  She does, however, find a new friend in Jacob, who happens to be the son of her father's best friend.  When Edward leaves, Jacob decides to consul her and keep her company.  Except Jacob isn't entirely a human being either.  He happens to discover that he is a Werewolf.  And like the Vampires, Meyer decides to change things from simply being able to come out during a full moon.  It isn't quite as interesting as the vampire mythology, however.  There's a nice myth about it, and there's even the interesting idea of the pack being able to communicate telepathically with one another, but it's not quite as overreaching as what she did with vampires. 

However, the unique Werewolf plays a part in being the mortal enemy of the vampire here, as Alice can't see them through foresight (although Meyer's never explains why the other vampire's powers do work on the Wolves) which ends up playing a much larger role in the story than it appears.  Once Bella makes a rash decision, and Edward hears, he decides to make his own decision.  The story is about love being lost and renewed. 

But it becomes a more interesting story thanks to the idea that Jacob Black happens to be a more fascinating character.  He has actual flaws that come out from time to time.  In short, the imperfections of his character make him a better character in fiction overall.  However, Bella only continues to be a character that becomes less interesting.  She behaves unlike what Meyer's has described to us.  We hear that Bella is an intelligent woman who is mature beyond her age and is strong, yet this isn't what we see.  What we see is an irrational character that does quite a few stupid things throughout New Moon.  From buying a Motorcycle, to jumping off a cliff into a huge body of water (and then realizes AFTER she jumps that she can't swim... I kid you not), and behaving like a young fourteen or fifteen year old in the event of Edward breaking up with her, and ultimately showing that she can't handle life without him.  In spite of all this when they are reuinted Bella doesn't seem too upset with Edward or mad.  She forgives him almost instantly.  There's no tension between the two characters and there is hardly a moment of empathy or any realistic depiction that the two have any problems as a couple. 

Once again, Charlie is the forgotten undeveloped character who we are to believe is a real true blue loser. 

Along with Twilight, the language isn't so great either.  The story is more interesting, which helps it be a better book overall, but little was done to improve the writing of the book itself.  The language is still a little too gooey for it's own good and we're hearing about how perfect and beautiful Edward is ad nauseum, even though Edward is absent for half of the book.  We have a bok that's about 100 pages too long.

Yet the story is still intersting.  Jacob adds a fresh voice to the series, and a new set of circumstances.  If you enjoyed the first Twilight book, then the second book is a must read. 

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review by . June 03, 2010
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review by . June 22, 2010
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review by . July 07, 2010
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review by . June 27, 2010
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review by . July 13, 2010
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review by . June 17, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
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review by . June 07, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
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review by . July 17, 2010
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New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second book in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love. The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of the protagonist Bella's life. The book was originally released in hardcover in 2006, following the successful publishing of Meyer's debut novel Twilight. A film adaptation was released on November 20, 2009.

Upon its publication in the United States, New Moon moved quickly to the top of bestseller lists, becoming one of the most anticipated books of the year. It peaked at #1 on both the New York Times Best Seller list and USA Today's Top 150 Bestsellers, and was the biggest selling children's paperback of 2008 with over 5.3 million copies sold.

New Moon has been translated into many diverse languages, including Czech, Thai, Russian, Norwegian and Arabic.
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ISBN-10: 0316024961
ISBN-13: 978-0316024969
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Novel
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