The Bottom Line
- More adventure and suspense as Bella's life with her extraordinary friends continues
- Complexity and intrigue build as the plot thickens and new characters are introduced into the series
- Realistically depicts the intense emotions of teenagers
- Not as fast-paced as Twilight –- the middle section is a little slow
- Some aspects of the story are predictable
- Fans of Edward will be disappointed by his diminished presence
- 'New Moon' was released in September 2006.
- Publisher: Little, Brown
- 608 pages
Guide Review - 'New Moon' by Stephenie Meyer - Book Review
Meyer does a good job portraying the melodrama of teenage life and love in New Moon –- it often made me roll my eyes in recognition of my own thoughts as a teenager. She has keen insight into the mind of teenage girls and conveys well the tension between friendship and romance Bella and Jacob struggle with. It makes for a story most readers will relate to, but is more entertaining and intriguing than real life, given the presence of mythical creatures.
Although the middle section is a little slow, the book still manages to hook its readers and rewards them when the adventure begins to pick up halfway through. Some of the plots points are predictable, however, and certain things that are mysterious to the characters, particularly Bella, were obvious to me.
New Moon is nevertheless a fitting continuation of the Twilight saga, endearing its readers to its characters even more, and leaving plenty of unanswered questions for the following novels.