The Bottom Line
- After spending the previous installment apart, Bella and Edward’s reunion is satisfying
- The romantic triangle of Jacob, Bella and Edward is compelling
- The final climactic battle delivers plenty of thrills and excitement
- Edward’s jealous responses to Bella’s relationship with Jacob make for a slow start to the novel
- Meyer’s justification for and build up to the grand climax come across as strained
- 'Eclipse' was published in August 2007.
- Publisher: Little, Brown
- 640 Pages
Guide Review - 'Eclipse' by Stephenie Meyer - Book Review
With the question of Bella’s fate sealed, Meyer’s new sources of conflict feel heavy-handed at some points and over-the-top at others. The book begins sluggishly, with the first several chapters stifled by issues of jealousy which are slow to develop. Still, Eclipse picks up steam as it revisits the tensions of romance and friendship between Jacob and Bella. Readers will find the deepening of Edward and Bella’s relationship pleasing, and the final battle delivers on excitement, though it seems thin on justification.
Despite its shortcomings, Eclipse offers an absorbing read which will likely keep you up past bed time to finish. Meyer’s ability to express the workings of the teenage mind is uncanny, though Bella sometimes frustrates when she is slow on the uptake of plot points which have long since become obvious to the reader. Ultimately, Bella and Edward’s tale of impossible, fervent love remains compelling, and this penultimate entry in the Twilight series is sure to leave you thirsting for its conclusion.