Eclipse is the next chapter in the love (lust) story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, coming after their reunion at the end of the second installation, New Moon. Bella is of course happy and relieved to be with Edward again, but she begins to face some difficulties in the friendship department (i.e., no communication) with her best friend, Jacob. The book serves as a climax of Bella’s entanglement with her vampire lover, Edward, and her werewolf best friend, Jacob. The saga’s author, Stephenie Meyer, starts to incorporate handwritten font into the novel where different characters throughout the book write letters or notes to each other to further the story’s plot. This is a great addition that Meyer has put into this novel because it is a clever and subtle way to have the characters explain their emotions to one another in an unexpected way. This is also the book where Meyer begins to imply Bella's thoughts and emotions instead of revealing everything to the reader, especially Bella's feelings of pain and turmoil which are revealed by her tone. The audience gets to further understand Bella’s personality through inference and her desire to care and protect those around her, but the constant reminder of her anxiety for other people's safety can become overwhelming to the reader. Fortunately, Bella displays her sarcasm and humor a noticeable amount, which can be seen as early as the first few pages of the book. She gains more of her confidence and certainty in herself most likely due to Edward’s return. This definitely makes the book more interesting than Twilight, where Bella’s personality was more one-dimensional and New Moon, where Bella’s healthier and normal disposition was hidden by her melancholy. Bella’s character development is also illustrated throughout the novel where she expresses her newfound strength to speak her mind. She clarifies her feelings to other characters even if it hurts their feelings or their egos. This not only adds to making her personality more distinct, but also makes it more nuanced and inspiring. Eclipse is a novel that many who are fans of the saga consider to be one of the better ones because of its suspenseful and eventful plot and its deeper relationship developments. Although I agree with this, I felt that at times the novel became a slow read and repetitive with details of Bella’s worried thoughts about certain situations. However, the end of the novel provides a satisfying ending for readers who are yearning for closure in multiple areas of the saga.
About This Book
Edward's soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, just like he had in the parking lot, and kissed me again.
This kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine - like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.
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.