Eclipse


Title: Eclipse

Author: Stephanie Meyers

Published: 7th August 2007

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy and Romance

Number of pages: 629 (Hardcover)

576 (Paperback)

Series: The Twilight Saga

Number in series: 3

Start Date: 11th February 2022

Finish Date: 12th February 2022


Summary

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob, knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?


Readers captivated by Twilight AND New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much-anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga.


Review

Eclipse is the third novel in Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight series. You really want to have read Twilight and New Moon (in that order) first before reading Eclipse, because Stephenie Meyer does not spend too much time expounding the story-lines of the previous novels but rather drops the reader straight into the story.


Eclipse carries on not long after New Moon left off. Bella’s high school graduation is approaching and she will soon be leaving Forks forever, ostensibly to go to college but in reality she is planning to join her boyfriend in his vampire existence and will therefore be unable to return home, due to being dead and possessed by a terrible blood lust for the first few years.

Not that you are actually taken that far in this story, we make it through graduation but then the dangerous vampires from Seattle come to Forks and dealing with them dominates the rest of the novel.


This is only one part of the story though. Eclipse is primarily a romantic saga, so Bella and Edward’s relationship is the primary focus of the novel. Or as I should say Bella, Edward and Jacob’s relationship, because there is a love triangle in the plot of this novel.


Bella and Jacob have always been friends, at least they were right up until Jacob became a werewolf. Then the animosity between vampires and werewolves put a huge strain on their friendship. Besides which, Jacob is in love with Bella, who is in love with Edward so this is going to make things awkward between them.


At this point, Eclipse descends into soap opera territory Bella has found her soulmate in Edward but Jacob is the soulmate she should have / could have / would have had if Edward didn’t exist.


She loves him too but not as much as Edward. Why she loves Jacob is beyond me. He knows that she loves Edward but Jacob still tries to make her feel guilty that she can’t love him like he wants her too. Blatant emotional blackmail is unattractive whatever way you serve it up and it detracted from his otherwise fine character.


Worse, it led to a large proportion of this book being devoted to teenage angst and with this book being 628 pages long that is a substantial amount of angst! To be fair, Eclipse is written for the young adult market so I really shouldn’t complain about the teen angst and the drama but for me it meant that this book lacked the magical quality that made Twilight stand out from the crowd of vampire romances available in bookstores today.


Don’t misunderstand me, Eclipse is still a really good read. The book did not feel like it was over 600 pages long, I literally flew through the pages and tried not to finish it too quickly but that did not work.


For teens already hooked on the series, Eclipse is another solid instalment of Forks goodness. Adult readers may be put off by the teenage relationship angst in this novel but if you have already enjoyed Stephenie Meyer’s previous offerings I think there is still plenty here to entertain.


It will be intriguing to see where Stephenie Meyer takes the ideas and characters in this series next. Writing for the Young Adult market always means that there is some expectation for the author to set a good example for impressionable young minds yet criticisms that Bella’s character is too dependent and needs to set a better example for young women seem unfair. This is a romantic fantasy, enjoy it!


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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