Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: YA paranormal fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: The newspaper headline glared at me from under a little metal vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SIEGE – DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN.
I know that it seems to be the fashion among some book bloggers to deride the Twilight saga and anyone who likes them, but Twilight will always have a soft place in my heart as the book that introduced me to YA fiction. I enjoyed the entire series, even reading book four aloud to my daughter so I could skip the honeymoon scenes and she could still hear how the series finished.
When I heard about Meyer’s new release, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, I honestly couldn’t remember who Bree was – until I read this novella and remembered the scene at the end of the big battle. Meyer always knew how to tell a good story, and her writing has tightened up, become more crisp and polished. Bree makes for a great narrator, giving us a glimpse into the world of a newborn vampire. It was eerie to read about Bree’s thirst, about the way she had ceased to see humans as people and only saw them as food, their life’s blood as a necessity to be consumed.
The fact that the Twilight books are written in first person limits what the reader is told. In this novella, we get to experience the events that were going on in Seattle as Victoria and Riley are amassing their army of newborns. I imagine that this was a big help to the makers of the Eclipse film, which I have yet to see, but am very much looking forward to watching with my daughter.
If you are a Twilight fan, you will want to read this small book that gives readers a different glimpse into that world. Keep in mind, though, that it is very much more a vampire tale than the others, more bloody and gruesome, just the right amount of gore to help the reader enter into Bree’s story.