Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

 
Last book of supernatural soap saga is slightly more mature.

What parents need to know

Educational value

This book may appeal to fantasy- and romance-loving teens, even those who don't exactly consider themselves to be readers.

Positive messages

Sacrificing everything for those you love and embracing your gifts are two big themes.

Positive role models

Finally Bella gets to be a stronger character here, an equal to her new husband. How she's willing to get there, though, is a little frightening.

Violence

One extremely gory supernatural childbirth scene with lots of blood, breaking bones, and a near death. Vampires hunt and feed on large game in the forest.

Sex

After she's married at 18, Bella has sex with her vampire husband, but it's not described in detail. She also has feelings of desire. Werewolves are naked when they transform back into humans.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Cullens own a lot of high-end cars, which are mentioned by brand name. The vampire family buys many extravagant gifts and wears each of their designer outfits only once.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Morphine is given to a human in pain.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is enormously popular with teen and older tween girls. The main characters -- Bella, 18, mortal, and Edward, vampire -- have sex after they're married. Little is described in detail except that broken furniture and bruises are found on the next day (thanks to vampire super-strength). The goriest part of the book is a supernatural birth scene with lots and lots of blood, cracking bones, and near death. Vampires spend half the book fearing for their lives and the lives of family and friends.

What's the story?

Despite Bella's initial reluctance to be a teen bride, she and her beloved vampire Edward tie the knot at the beginning of BREAKING DAWN. Then comes the honeymoon ... which leaves Bella pregnant with a baby that saps her strength and health as quickly as it grows inside her. The baby's birth leads to massive changes in the lives of all of the series' main characters, particularly werewolf Jacob and Bella herself. It could also lead to more trouble from the meddling Italian Volturi -- which prompts the Cullens to recruit a virtual army ready to stand by their side at any cost.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans finally get what they want at the beginning of this fourth book in the bestselling Twilight Saga: a fairytale wedding, a honeymoon, and s-e-x. Once that's out of the way, teens who are just in it for the romance shouldn't go any further. The small percentage of readers who are in it for the blood and supernatural creatures will find both, but one of the creatures turns out to be pretty bizarre and ridiculous, and there aren't enough compelling plot twists and suspenseful moments to carry the book through the full 755 pages. There's plenty of talking, though. And fear that something really sinister is coming for all of them. But when the force they all fear does finally come for them, all the build-up goes nowhere.

 All the books in the series always ran too long, but they made up for the length with fun fantasy characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a good final battle at the end. This time the characters get everything they want at the beginning of the book and leave fans hanging at the end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the series. What draws so many super fans to the books? The romance? Melodrama? Supernatural elements? Very handsome characters?

  • This is the conclusion to a series that already included three verrrrrry long books Did it live up to your expectations, or did you think this book is too long? How would you have written it differently?

Book details

Author:Stephenie Meyer
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:August 2, 2008
Number of pages:755
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 14

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Kid, 11 years old March 27, 2011
age 11+
 

If your mature it's fine

Okay, everyone says that this book is like, "Super inappropriate" or something, but it's really not. I'm 11 and I've read it and they don't go into detail with, you know. But there is a very bloody violent scene in which Bella gives birth to a vampire baby. I would still say a mature 11 year old could read it.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoveMegCabot February 13, 2011
age 11+
 

This book isnt bad. Honestly my parents dont know what I read so........ Yeah : D

..........................All the reviewers are 12 O_e I personally dont like the Twilight series. Its VERY poorly written. The last book revolves around Bella and her want for sex. Jacob and his need to have sex with Bellas newborn. Edwards controling,as usual. And around 200 pages of it is them talking about a war. Another 100 is about a war that doesnt happen. And about 300 describing how sexy Edward is. I bet most younger kids wouldnt even understand what was going on. I hardly did : /
Adult Written byDMS222 October 3, 2009
age 12+
 

Bella a poor role model.

I've read all four books in this series. Stephenie Meyer, get thee to an editor! This is just plain bad writing. The sentence and paragraph structure is chop-suey, descriptive narrative non-existent. I don't like Bella. She is a whiny, mean-spirited, and has a death wish. On her first day in schoool, Eric offers to help her find her next class, and she says he's over-helpful, compares Mike to a golden retriever. Edward has all the warning flags of being an abuser. Girls, if a boy sneaks into your room to watch you sleep, commands all your time, isolates you from others, physically restrains you, run-fast-in the other direction. That is not love.

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