New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel written by Stephenie Meyer, and is the second book in the Twilight series. It is the sequel to the first novel in the series, Twilight, and was originally released in 2006. A film adaptation was released on November 20, 2009.
The book advances the romance between Isabella "Bella" Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, which is complicated by Bella's mortality. When Bella's life is put in danger, Edward decides to protect her by ending the relationship and leaving. This leaves Bella alone and devastated, but allows her to deepen her friendship with Jacob, who has a secret of his own. Bella learns that Jacob and other tribe members are shape-shifters who assume gigantic wolf forms in order to protect their territory from vampires.
When Bella discovers that dangerous activities allow her to "hear" Edward's voice, she participates in increasingly more dangerous stunts. One such action leads to a series of miscommunications that leads Edward to believe that Bella has committed suicide. In his grief, he flees to Volterra, Italy, where he plans to provoke the Volturi, vampire royalty that are capable of killing him. Bella must then race against time to save her love...
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- Reading Age: 14+
- Reading Aloud Age: 14+
The main character, 17-year-old Bella Swan, falls in love with a vampire.
There are strong sexual scenes (although they don't actually commit the act because the vampire's afraid of accidentally eating Bella).
The series gives the general impression that there is no life after this one – and that the belief in eternal life is wrong.
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