An Eclipse Novella
Reviewed July 12, 2010.
Megan Tingley Books (Little, Brown), New York, 2010. 178 pages.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a spin-off from Eclipse, telling the interesting back story of a minor character. Since it's a novella it's short, and made for a fun afternoon read.
It's been awhile since I read Eclipse, and I haven't seen the movie, so I didn't remember who Bree Tanner was until I got to where her story was intersecting with Bella's. That was fine, but you will want to have at least read Eclipse before you read this book, to be familiar with the world of sparkly vampires.
In Eclipse, Edward's enemy is building an army of newborn vampires to battle and defeat the Cullens. Bree Tanner is one of that army, who's used in Eclipse to show how ruthless the Volturi are. In an introduction, Stephenie Meyer says she wishes she had ended that differently now, and the reader will agree with her in that, because this book does give the reader sympathy for Bree, a ruthless bloodthirsty hunter.
I found it kind of amusing that one way their leader controls the newborn vampires is to tell them it's dangerous to go out in the sunlight, that it would turn them to ash. He tells them all the old tales are true, and they believe him since they are, after all, vampires.
Toward the beginning, Bree meets another vampire who actually seems trustworthy, and they discover the secret. Even though she's used to everyone looking beautiful, they're filled with wonder at the sparkliness, just like Bella was in Twilight.
Stephenie Meyer manages to make us care about this bloodthirsty vampire hunter and want her to learn to transcend her savagery. We enjoy the beginnings of her journey to do so, though unfortunately her second life is very short.
An enjoyable quick adventure back in the world of sparkly vampires and undying love, or rather, undead love.