Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Review: New Moon
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, I'm a bad YA librarian, I'm totally behind. I should've read Eclipse by now and I only just finished New Moon. Bad, bad.
You don't need me to tell you about this one - if you know about the glory that was Twilight, you know about New Moon. If you don't, run out and get Twilight immediately and get started!
But quickly, just in case, New Moon continues the saga of Pacific Northwest girl Bella and her vampire love, Edward. For her own good, Edward leaves her, and she plunges into despair and self-destructive behaviour. With the help of Jacob Black, from the nearby First Nations reservation, she starts to come out of it, just in time for Jacob to start going through some weird changes and for Edward to return (come on, you knew he would, I'm not spoiling it). And, of course, danger of both the mortal and immortal kind follows.
The intense, brooding, divinely beautiful Edward is still total literary crush material. I still find accident-prone vampire-lover Bella interesting and I was only tempted to yell at her to snap out of it a couple of times, after months of depression. And actually, Meyer uses a simple but effective and rather cool device to show Bella's months of despair, rather than making us go through them all. As some other bloggers have pointed out, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Twilight, but I think that's natural - your first exposure to a wonderful story is always the most powerful.
In one way, my postponing of reading this was smart - I wasn't waiting in agony for Eclipse to come out, like everyone else. Of course now I have to wait for the 50-odd people ahead of me in the holds list, but it's still not as bad as a whole year. :-)