Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Twilight Saga: Noon (Book 5) Review by Mikayla Halsell

As most of you probably know, Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight Saga was one of the most popular reads of 2012. Each book had everyone (or every girl between the ages of 12 and 15) sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to see who Bella Swan would chose: Jacob, the outdoorsy-type with flawless, tan skin, an almost-too-perfect-to-be-realistic physic, and most importantly, a ware-wolf, or Edward, a porcelain-skinned vampire, who’s beauty, charm, misogyny, and mind are irresistible to other girls. In the fourth book, Bella chooses to become a vampire herself and to marry the man of her dreams. As a vampire, she would be able to spend an eternity with her “other half” now that both she and Edward are immortal.
                Of course, all of that is old news. What you may not know is that Stephanie Meyers just recently came out with her fifth book, Noon. The book doesn’t pick up where the fourth ended, but instead jumps ahead 300 years after their marriage and that little controversy among vampires and ware-wolves that was settled in the last chapter. It turns out Bella and Edward aren’t having that “happily ever after” they had planned on having. Sure, the first couple of hundred years were great, but after their 213th anniversary, things started going downhill for this vampire couple.
In the beginning of the book, Meyers alludes to an event that happened not long after the birth of Edward and Bella’s daughter, Renesmee. She doesn’t go into much detail about it, but apparently, as a young adult, Renesmee decided that she didn’t want to marry Jacob even though he imprinted on her and she spends most of her time traveling the world, while she is followed by her helplessly in love ex-boyfriend, Jacob. So with Jacob out of the picture, Bella and Edward can just focus on their relationship without interruptions or problems. Or at least that’s what they expected. Little did they know how wrong they were.
One thing that Edward and Bella did not consider when they decided to live together as an immortal, married, vampire couple was just how long eternity is. The fifth book Noon takes the reader on a journey through a day in the life of this unique marriage. Not only are Edward and Bella completely bored with each other, but they are beginning to greatly dislike living with each other. They fight all the time, lie to each other, and sometimes even “vacation” away from each other for days at a time. The life they were dying to have is now a life they are dying to escape from. About half way through the book, Edward and Bella have their 300th anniversary and celebrate it by making eye-contact and attempting to smile. Not really the love story so many young teenage girls were hoping to hear about.
Aside from the horrible writing, excessive details about things that are irrelevant, a terrible portrayal of morals, bland content, and an astonishing lack of substance, I think this is definitely a must read. Not only will Noon give the teenage-girl audience a little dose of reality, but it will also shatter their dreams of ever having a happy, loving marriage of their own. After all, books 1-4 fed these desperate-for-love girls a false image of the kind of man you actually want to look for to spend the rest of your life with and a false view of a genuine relationship. So by reading Noon, they will realize that that kind of love story will never really happen and is actually extremely unrealistic. Personally, I enjoyed Noon. But if you are one of those naïve teenage girls who absolutely loved the previous books and is expecting more of a love story, I would highly advice reading the fifth book. 

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