Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer
October 17, 2008
In Eclipse, Bella prepares for both graduation and her planned transformation. She and Edward have their usual arguments and misunderstandings, mostly centering around the confusing idea that Bella is eager to become an immortal so she can be with Edward forever but she’s still reluctant to marry him.
A series of murders in nearby Seattle threatens to draw unwanted attention from both mortal and vampiric observers. But the Cullens and the pack are more concerned with patrolling their immediate area, protecting Bella from a vampire with a grudge. Once they realize the extent of the danger, the former enemies must work together to save both Bella and Forks from destruction.
The main plot of this one is fairly slow. Jacob joins Edward in the “manipulative jerks” club, and Jacob and Bella spend too much time tearing each other up. The angsty love triangle aspect of the story is a drag, because it’s clear that Jacob never really had a chance.
The best parts of this book are the side stories about some of the other characters. They’re all more sympathetic to me than Bella, who still seems to be looking for excuses to be miserable. Every time the book would focus on their awkward, unhealthy relationships, I found myself wishing Meyer would leave them to it and show us Alice and Jasper off having an adventure somewhere.
Once again, the real action only takes place at the end, Bella has no substantial role in it other than being there, and it’s not enough of a payoff after putting up with all of Bella’s drama.