Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Other Books In Series: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn
Original Release: June 5, 2010
ISBN #: 978-0316125581
“I started writing from Bree’s perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn,” (Stephenie Meyer, on her website).
This short story covers the days leading up Victoria’s newborn army attack on the Cullens in Eclipse. It chronicles one girl’s journey from troubled teen to unwitting pawn, and gives some glimpses into the scheming of the Volturi.
I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to the blood-crazed, mindless chaos that we were told to expect form newborns, but was willing to deal with it to get to the rest of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find Stephenie started with Bree’s third month, and just had her describe herself being turned, rather than having us experience it with her. Some people will problably be disappointed there wasn’t more gruesome detail, but I was thrilled.
Bree’s story is actually much different than I expected. (Probably because I expected her to be a lunatic.) Stephenie creates a much different picture of the newborns than I got from reading about their approach and attack in Eclipse. They weren’t mindless drones, at least not all of the time. Yes, they did go out and “terrorize” Seattle. They killed for their food in a way that the Cullens would have never allowed. But they also had friendships and rivalries amongst themselves like any other group. There was even a hint of romance here and there. I really hope some of this storyline makes it into the Eclipse movie. There have already been hints, thanks to some of the TV clips that have been released, that we’ll see a bit of detail with these characters.
The story also clearly shows that Victoria was a masterful strategist. She managed to manipulate and string everyone along just the way she wanted them. And anyone who got too smart, or too bold, was dealt with.
I was surprised (although, I probably should have guessed) what interest the Volturi had in the whole thing. Just enough to make their presence known, but not enough to dirty their hands. Just the thing to make you hate and respect them all the more.
Another part I was not looking forward to was the end of the story, because well, we all know how it ends. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. I fully expected at least a few tissues to be necessary. The way Stephenie ended the book, however, provides a much calmer, more peaceful finish to Bree’s story. A peace that was well deserved.
As for all her finished books, Stephenie has posted the playlist for Bree’s story on her website. CLICK HERE to see it.
There has also been a short “Introducing Bree Tanner” featurette video floating around the internet. CLICK HERE to watch it. It includes comments from Jodelle Ferland (plays Bree in Eclipse) and Stephenie.
I really, really enjoyed the book. Much more than I thought I would, to be honest. I pre-ordered it the day it was announced and now I’m even happier that it will sit on my bookshelf with the rest of the series.
For those of you not sure if you want to spend the money to buy the novella, (rememeber, $1 of every sale goes to the American Red Cross) you can read it for free on BreeTanner.com from June 7-July 5.
So… my question is… are you going to buy the novella for your collection? Are you going to read it online? I’m very curious to hear what you all think this adds (or doesn’t add) to the overall saga. Let me know what YOU think below. 🙂