I read this book a few weeks ago. I will even admit that in the midst of exams and all the rush for the end of the academic year, I spent several hours each day caught up in the Bella and Edward romance. And after that, how could I discipline the girl who sat through my chemistry class engrossed in the story rather than the fine details of dipole interactions.
Now for the plot summary, that is once again very easy. If Twilight was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, this book comes from an even older tradition, the love triangle. Edward leaves town, for Bella’s own good. In her grief she turns to Jacob for friendship. This friendship rapidly becomes something much more, at least for Jacob. And then Edward returns…
OK, not original, but there is a reason the theme is so common. Readers love it! But once again Meyer brings in her own special interpretation of mythology and folklore. This time concerning werewolves. Instead of wild beasts that only appear on the full moon, Meyer’s werewolves can appear at any time in response to the presence of evil, especially vampires. It is a genetic trait handed down through the Native American tribes, but the genetic expression only takes place in times of need. With the Cullens living nearby, suddenly there is an explosion in the number of werewolves found in the tribe. Interesting interpretation that relates well to the American folklore.
If you have already read this, then I am not telling you anything you don’t already know. And if you haven’t read it, then get started. But you must start with Twilight. Don’t trust the movie to tell you everything you need to know.