New Moon is a young adult fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is Meyer's second novel in the Twilight saga. This book, unlike the previous entry, is about losing true love. It was originally published in hardcover in 2006.
Isabella "Bella" Swan is thrown an eighteenth birthday party by Edward Cullen, the vampire she loves, and his vampire family. While unwrapping a gift, she receives a paper cut. Jasper, although attempting a non-human diet, is overwhelmed by the scent of blood and tries to attack Bella. In an attempt to keep Bella safe from the world of vampires, Edward and his family leave the town of Forks. Bella becomes depressed and seeks comfort with Jacob Black, an old family friend who eases her pain over losing Edward.
Bella and Jacob spend more and more time together, and Bella soon discovers that the rush of adrenaline present when she places herself in dangerous situations stimulates a hallucination of Edward's voice. Bella begins seeking out dangerous behavior, such as motorcycle riding, to keep Edward's voice with her. Meanwhile, Jacob finds out that he is a werewolf. Initially, he tries to keep this secret from Bella, but he eventually reveals as much as he can without betraying his pack. After Bella attempts cliff-diving, she gets caught in a riptide and is rescued by Jacob.
At the same time, Alice Cullen, Edward's vampire sister who has visions of the future, has a vision of Bella jumping off the cliff. Presuming Bella is dead, Alice rushes to Forks to check on Charlie, Bella's father, while Edward calls Bella's home. Jacob answers and informs Edward that Charlie is "at the funeral", referring to that of a man in town who had a heart attack, but Edward draws the conclusion that he means Bella's funeral. Desperate after Bella's supposed death, Edward flees to Italy to see the Volturi, peace-keeping vampires who would be able to kill Edward, granting him leave of a world without Bella.
Bella and Alice rush to Italy to stop Edward, and save him before it is too late. Before they leave Italy, the Volturi tell them that Bella, a human who knows of the existence of vampires, must either be killed or changed into a vampire herself. After they return to Forks, Edward explains to Bella that he only left in order to protect her, and she forgives him. The book ends with the Cullens voting in favor of Bella being changed into a vampire, much to Edward's dismay.
A reviewer from DearAuthor.com complained that, "[Stephenie Meyer portrays Bella], either intentionally or not, as a selfish user who seemed to only be able to exist with the help of a man in her life", but also stated that, "For all my disappointment, New Moon zips by and leaves me wanting more", and rated New Moon a B-.AvidBookReader.com rated New Moon a C+ and said that, "The protagonist and narrator, Bella, happens to be the weakest character in the story and the most annoying... I didn’t really care for the teenage angst...[and] The thread with the werewolves was a bit uneven."A critic at Teenreads.com said, "In the middle, the story sometimes drags, and readers may long for the vampires' return. The events of New Moon, though, will leave Meyer's many fans breathless for the sequel, as Bella finally understands everything that will be at stake if she makes the ultimate choice to give up her humanity and live, like the vampires, forever."
Cover and title significance
The flower on the cover of New Moon is a red and white ruffled tulip. Stephenie Meyer has stated that the flower has no significance to the story, as she had no part in choosing its design.
The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest period of Bella's life.
Awards and nominations
New Moon rose to the #1 position on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Chapter Books in its second week on the list, and remained in that spot for 11 weeks. It spent over 30 weeks in total on the list.
With the upcoming Twilight (film) preparing for worldwide release, a sequel has been giving great consideration and continuing the series of the books with New Moon. In a recent interview Twilight (series) author, Stephanie Meyer, has stated she would love to do a sequel and have most likely for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to reprise their roles as Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. The film will aim for a 2010 or 2011 release.
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