Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits.
In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood... life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as "her". As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth? (Book Description from Good Reads)

Over Independence Day weekend, this novella was available to read for free online, and of course I took advantage of the opportunity. Eclipse being my favorite in the Twilight Saga, how could I not?

I am surprised to say that I mostly really enjoyed this book, even knowing the way the story ends. We all know Bree's fate, but what I really liked was seeing life through her eyes--not as a "vegetarian", but how vampires were meant to be. It was sad to me that, given the chance, she could have been a decent vampire, if she had been taught the REAL rules. She was one of the few that didn't completely lose her mind and her identity when she became a newborn, and it really is too bad that the story couldn't have ended differently.

I really liked Diego, but really disliked where his story went. I felt like their story was building and progressing and then it just ended. I guess the whole book is ultimately like that, but I still didn't like it in this particular instance. I understand why the author did what she did, and why the story took the direction it did--it makes perfect sense to me. It just makes me angry! Bree and Diego's relationship reminded me a lot of Breaking Dawn in that there is so much build-up and then....nothing. They never even had a chance.

I really did like the end of the book for a few reasons. First, I liked that Bree had a little spunk in her. Enough to rat out the Volturi to Edward. You learn a bit about the Volturi-- they're more shady than even the Twilight Saga lets on. The second thing I liked with the ending was that it didn't describe her death. I think the last line was simply, "She closed her eyes." or something similar. I thought it was the perfect way to end it since you know going into the book that it ends badly for her.

Anyway, overall, I would definitely recommend this. It was a fairly clean book so it would be suitable for preteens as well as teenagers. It is also under 200 pages so it's a quick read. A good book for summer that you won't have to invest much time in. If you've liked Stephenie Meyer's other books this one won't disappoint. Other than the dying part, of course.

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

Stacy said...

I read it and thought it was pretty good too. I read it before I saw eclipse so it was fun to see her.