Everyone who has read Eclipse, the third book in The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, knows the fate of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire who is killed by the powerful Volturi. This is the tale recounting the last five days of her second life as a vampire.
In Eclipse, readers were introduced to Bree as a girl with negative character shades. She thirsts for Bella Swan’s blood, and is completely used to violence, death, and mass bloodshed. Besides the fact that she is a bloodthirsty newborn vampire named Bree, who does not want to die, readers do not know anything much about her. In this book, written from her perspective, readers will see how she lives, and find out why a Vampire Army is very difficult to sustain. This book takes a journey into her daily life to find out how she must have felt throughout the whole period of time.
Bree’s story is much different from Bella’s. Where Bella’s world always seemed muted because she was shielded from much of the violence throughout the series, Bree sees and experiences violence on a day-to-day basis. As far as the storytelling goes, the way the details of Bree’s conversion to the vampire life is revealed gradually throughout the first half of the story is both dramatic and engaging. Even the fact that Bree ended up trading her humanity for a cheeseburger, of all things provides a great sense of tragic irony to the story. A nice touch by Meyer is how the contemporary culture references in her books always act as a nice reality contrast to the more fantastical elements.
Meyer seems to finally get into her genre and fully explores her creation. We see that newborn vampires have absolutely no loyalty to each other, no self-control, and no qualms about sinking their teeth into their poor human food banks. While it is difficult to give a more detailed review without adding a spoiler here and there, another nice touch is the inclusion of several new characters who add to the story quite interestingly. The characters of Fred and Diego in particular are sure to generate added interest for readers with their quirky abilities. Also seeing the Cullens from Bree’s point of view is quite fascinating.
However, a lot of possibilities seem to have been cut short, even though there are some memorable characters who seem to have the potential to take the story much further ahead as mentioned before. On the bright side, though short, the tale is somewhat bittersweet, and seems to actually be a bit of a metaphor for how real life actually is. Bree’s life and even her roots are much more relatable than Bella’s ever were. Her circumstances are far from desirable, yet she works with the lot she was dealt . . .even until the bitter end.
Overall, this is a quick, yet very enjoyable read recommended to all Twilight fans. It will also change the way that readers view Newborn Vampires.
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