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Overview

This Special Edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller includes:


  • An exclusive Breaking Dawn Concert Series DVD featuring a performance by Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld and a conversation with Stephenie Meyer and Justin Furstenfeld.
  • A reproduction of the personal, handwritten lyrics for My Never from Justin Furstenfeld.
  • A limited-edition, full-color Bella & Edward poster (on reverse side of book jacket).
  • And more!

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Breaking Dawn:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal
"A wild but satisfying finish to the ballad of Bella and Edward." - Time
"Captivating." - School Library Journal
"Witty writing... a fun read." - Chicago Tribune
"Rowling may be handing her magic wand to Meyer." - USA Today
Publishers Weekly
It ought to seem redundant to dismiss the fourth and final Twilight novel as escapist fantasy-but how else could anyone look at a romance about an ordinary, even clumsy teenager torn between a vampire and a werewolf, both of whom are willing to sacrifice their happiness for hers? Flaws and all, however, Meyer's first three novels touched on something powerful in their weird refraction of our culture's paradoxical messages about sex and sexuality. The conclusion is much thinner, despite its interminable length. Everygirl Bella achieves her wishes quickly (marriage and sex, in that order, are two, and becoming an immortal is another), and once she becomes a vampire it's almost impossible to identify with her. But that's not the main problem. Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily-in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times? Ages 12-up.
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Children's Literature - Jennifer Wood
In the fourth and purportedly final novel from the best-selling "Twilight" saga, main character Bella Swan must finally choose between her vampire love and her human life. As in the previous three novels, Bella's shyness and passivity, along with the remnant memories of Edward's Victorian human life, keep the love scenes fairly unobjectionable, though the results of such scenes are far from tame; some parents may even object to the earliest of these descriptions. Also, the novel's split perspective, in which readers oscillate from Bella's perspective to her werewolf best friend Jacob's and finally back to her own, may annoy both diehard fans—because Jacob's perspective and internalizations at times mirror exactly what fans have come to expect of Bella—and any newcomers to the saga who start with this book—because they are not likely to be as invested in the character dynamics. Overall, the plot seems perhaps too convenient and often lacks the emotional tension and suspense of its predecessors in the series, but the ends are neatly tied in a way that should leaves fans of both Edward and Jacob satisfied. Especially in light of the forthcoming cinematic adaptation and film release of the saga's first book, which will likely only expand Meyer's popularity (and the number of discussions contrasting Meyer with J.K. Rowling), this may be one book that cannot be avoided or ignored. Reviewer: Jennifer Wood
VOYA - Angelica Delgado
Perpetually clumsy Bella is about to marry the very sexy and graceful vampire Edward Cullen. In exchange for Bella's hand in marriage, Edward agrees to turn her into a vampire shortly after the ceremony. Bella's shape-shifter, more-than-best friend, Jacob, is none too happy about her impending transformation, not only because she will become a nosferatu but also because it will violate the tenuous treaty between the vampires and werewolves of Forks. When her honeymoon takes a surprising turn, Bella decides to remain human a bit longer. Her decision threatens not only her life but also the lives of her new family and friends. Since Twilight's thrilling debut (Little, Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005), readers have been waiting to find out how this addicting supernatural love triangle will play out. The series finale offers closure but certainly not satisfaction. It contains the elements that made Meyer's first two novels intoxicating reads but wraps them in an overly long and noxiously sappy package. Meyer writes pervasive angst like few other authors can so fans may rejoice in that aspect. She sacrifices the opening novel's brisk pacing for tedious inner monologues. The single mildly comic, and thereby least cloying portion, portrays Jacob's point of view. Alas, it is also the shortest section of the book. By the time readers arrive at the ridiculous conclusion, they will likely have thrown the entire novel across the room several times. Team Edward and Team Jacob will have fun race-reading and then commiserating over the less-than-stellar conclusion. Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Meyer closes her epic love story of a human, a vampire, and a werewolf in this, the final installment of the saga. The story opens with Bella and Edward's wedding, and relations between Jacob and Bella remain uneasy. On honeymoon and unshackled from any further concerns about premarital sex, Edward fulfills his promise to consummate their marriage before he changes Bella into a vampire. An unexpected conception throws their idyllic world back into chaos as factions (both wolf and vampire) battle over whether or not to destroy the potential monster that is killing Bella from within. The captivating angst, passions, and problems manage to satisfyingly fill pages where surprisingly little action takes place, even after the powerful child's birth brings the Cullen family under the scrutiny of the Volturi. The international cadre of vampires who come to the Cullens' aid are fascinating, but distract from the development of prime characters at a pivotal moment. The novel begins and ends with Bella's voice, while Jacob narrates the middle third of the tale, much like the final pages of Eclipse (Little, Brown 2007). While darker and more mature than the previous titles, Meyer's twists and turns are not out of character. Fans may distress as the happy ending for everyone, including a girl for Jacob, lessens the importance and pain of tough decisions and difficult self-sacrifices that caused great grief in previous books, but they will flock to it and enjoy it nonetheless.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316044615
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Twilight Saga Series , #4
  • Edition description: Book, DVD, and Poster
  • Pages: 800
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.

Biography

According to Stephenie Meyer, the idea for her sensational debut novel, Twilight, came to her in a vividly detailed dream in 2003. Over the course of three months, writing at night when her children were in bed, the young Mormon mother of three developed that dream into the spellbinding story of 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona, to the tiny town of Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a beautiful, mysterious vampire named Edward Cullen. After feverish writing, painstaking editing, and a brief but frustrating round of queries, submissions, and rejections, Meyer finally connected with an editor at Little, Brown who fell in love with the manuscript and signed her to a three-book deal.

Twilight debuted in October, 2005. An immediate sensation, it appeared on several year-end best books lists and earned its author a rabid cult following among teenage girls. Since then, Meyer has continued Bella and Edward's story in bestselling sequels that have proved equally successful. Young readers cannot get enough of these riveting novels -- a captivating blend of vampires, romance, and suspense -- and parents rest easy knowing the books do not contain the graphic language and sexually provocative material that pervades some YA series.

Whether or not the Twilight Saga proves to have "Harry Potter legs" remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Meyer continues writing. She forayed into adult fiction with 2008's The Host, a chilling science fiction tale about the end of humanity, told from the perspective of an alien invader. And she makes it clear the door is open for further installments in her vampire romance. Clearly, this talented author has many more stories to tell.

Good To Know

Here are some fun facts from Stephenie's "unofficial" biography on her website:
"The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen ( + ie = me ). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to google myself now."

" I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan, but no one calls him that—it's not a long story, but it is a stupid one, so I'll skip it), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts. In fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can't recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words.

This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first "hello" to the wedding."

" I am also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that has a huge influence on who I am and my perspective on the world, and therefore what I write (though I have been asked more than once, 'What's a nice Mormon girl like you doing writing about vampires?')."

"I can't write without music, and my biggest muse is the [British rock] band Muse."

A transcript of the dream that inspired Twilight appears in the book as Chapter 13, "Confessions."

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1973
    2. Place of Birth:
      Hartford, Connecticut
    1. Education:
      Brigham Young University, Bachelor's in English.
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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    THE GREATEST AUTHOR OF OUR TIME!!

    When I first finished this book, I was thinking about it for MONTHS after reading it. I finished the whole series in 3days because I couldn't seem to be able to put the book down. :) Stephanie Meyer is TRULY So Very Talented!!
    This is one of my most Beloved Books of all time!! And that is REALLY saying something! :)

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Worthy read if you're under 14

    I picked this series up based on a recommendation from a woman that i work with (not to mention the hyped up hysteria on the news and such) and was vastly disappointed. Stephanie Meyer, while being talented in the imagination department, lacks creating a stimulating and conclusive series. Not to mention that she writes like a high schooler. All of the characters get exactly what they want in the end and the big struggle ends in non-violence and inaction. Hah! The first 3 books in the series are great in the fact that we can identify with Bella but once she turns into a vampire (which i laughed outright at) she turns into this boring non-entity that no one could identify with. My advice to all: only read if you like super fluffy endings.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2009

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    I hate Twilight

    Stephenie Meyer is a terrible writer. Her characters are so changeable and they are incredibly moody. Also, what Bella and Edward have is an infatuation for each other. In no way is it love. If you haven't started the series, don't.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Amazing series.

    I was never too much of a reader until I saw the first book in a library yeeaars ago. Once I read this, I really figured out what books I'd like to read more, what type, that is.
    Twilight is sort of slow at first, and if you're the anxious type this can be pretty bothersome. But at the end, you'll always be begging for the next book. When this final book came out, I couldn't believe the series was over.
    There's action, tons of romance, and some comedy. It's a very realistic book, also, for something that's scifi.
    Overall, I've ready plenty of books that don't even compare to this.
    If you've read this book, or any of the Twilight series and you like them, You'll definitely like the recommended ones I left below.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    Breaking Dawn

    I enjoyed all the twilight books, but Breaking Dawn was the best. I have read and listened to all the books. I wish Stephenie Meyer would cont. to develop the characters of Bella and Edward. I look foward to her future books.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    ugh =/

    I started reading the Twilight Series in 2005, when the first one came out. I devoured it in 6 hours, loosing myself within the story page after page. it was AMAZING! When every other book came out it was the happiest day of my life because I just couldnt get enough. but this book...ugh...this book was HORRIBLE! I stopped reading it at page 500, it was so disappointing. I loved the first three, but THIS ONE...just terrible. I hate how everyone got everything they wanted & how it was just a yay happy ending. Stephenie Meyer disppointed me majorly, I expected better.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    awesome!!

    I love the entire twilight series it was great. most of my friends and schoolmates were pushing me to read it and when i finally said yes i found out what i was missing all this time. if you have doubt about this book just give it a try its awesome.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Excellent Series

    I loved this series and I think this one is my favorite. There is a few twists in the plot to keep you guessing. You embrace the characters and feel what they are feeling. I love the switch of viewpoints between Bella and Jacob. I definitely will keep this in my library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Different and Awesome

    Best I have read in a long time. Wanting to read more but there's no more. Will read again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Breaking Dawn

    I read this book twice already and every time I read I love it, it goes from romantic challenge, to life's unexpected turns to thrilling unforgettable extraordinary drama. I couldn't put it down for second only to sleep.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    LOVED READING THE SERIES OF TWILIGHT... YOU WERE TAKEN INTO EVERY CHARACTER AND IT FELT AWESOME! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ MORE OF STEPHENIE MEYERS BOOKS... WOULD LIKE TWILIGHT TO CONTINUE... WHAT HAPPENS WITH RENESMEE?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

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    Sickening Sweet Finale With Perverted Twist Lacks Grace, Style And Substance

    This methodical wind-up to the series is contrived, disingenuous and just plain awful. The first half is a (hokey, slightly nauseating) melodrama which predictably unfolds at a slow to moderate pace and peaks at the birth scene. Then, a lead character distastefully, predictably, and ludicrously mate bonds with the infant despite his longstanding love for the mother and adult male heterosexuality. Near the middle of the book, the pace modestly picks up as a deja vu confrontation starts developing. However, the fight preparations drag on and the potential dispute resolves without any climax or fighting. (It's a long, slow build-up to a big nothing.) Then, the story comes to a convenient, consequence-free end. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series, but this final installment was a disappointment.

    In addition to the plot and pace problems, I was particularly dissatisfied by the author's abandonment of the heroine's intelligent, self-questioning/doubting, insightful, girl-next-door characterization. During her honeymoon, the heroine (Bella) becomes uncharacteristically irrational, brainless and certain refusing to consider any termination of an unplanned, unnatural and deadly pregnancy. In doing so she conspires against Edward, her new vampire husband, who desperately wants her to have a medically necessary abortion. (Note, her cloying emotional certainty completely undermines her supposed intelligence, mental balance and/or any true empathy for Edward. Further, Bella's implied underlying 'pro-life' moral certainty indicates a hypocrisy which condones and/or does not oppose human-slaughtering vampires but resists reasonable/necessary life termination.)

    After the first person narrative switches to the heroine's previous love interest Jacob, he describes her deplorable physical condition, Edward's mental anguish, and, eventually, a horrifically gory (never-go-though childbirth) scene. (A sophomoric and/or overly generous/sentimental perspective might interpret Bella's suffering as self-sacrificing; however, any rationale mind is forced to recognize her incredible, indurate stupidity and self-absorbed disregard for those who love her as evidenced by her continuation of a pregnancy which is undeniably killing both her and her unborn fetus.)

    When the narrative returns to the heroine, Bella becomes remote, inaccessible and flawless without experiencing any of the control issues associated with vampirism, and she eventually gains unprecedented powers. At this point, a reader would have a greater chance of identifying and/or empathizing with a statue of the Virgin Mary than connecting with this 'super' Bella. In sum, Bella's character progression, (from cloyingly sentimental, mind-numbingly irrational incubator to long-suffering, half-witted, putrefying invalid culminating in an unassailable, vampiric paragon/protector), significantly soured this story for me.

    Similarly, Edward and Jacob (and others) are portrayed out-of-character in various parts of the book. (Most glaring is Jacob's mated bonding with Bella's baby daughter. It's contrary to Jacob's longstanding love for Bella and, when you think about it, perverted. Even if Jacob just gives the child what she needs in accordance with her age limitations, he has adult needs and his interest in Bella's baby daughter is downright unwholesome.) IMO, the author tries to shoehorn the characters into a bogus (happily-ever-after) scenario which isn't remotely believable.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Challenging Anne Rice for the Top

    This series is worthy of a read by any vampire story fan. Ms. Meyer brings love into the darkness of the immortals world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Really didn't think I would enjoy this as I am 66 years old

    I started this series because my niece sent me the first one, Twilight, for Christmas and out of respect for her and because she had been after me to read it, I decided to give it a try. Figured I could read a chapter or two and if I didn't care for it, I could fake it for her. Well imagine my surprise that after I started reading I couldn't put it down. Not only did I finish it in record time, I immediately went out and bought the second book, then the third and now the fourth, Breaking Dawn. Really thought this series was just for the young and since I am 66 years old believed I would not enjoy it. I couldn't have been more wrong. I highly recommend this book and the series to anyone who loves to read. Forget the fact that it was aimed for the younger people and just enjoy it. I will be forever grateful to my niece for "forcing" me into reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Great Series, Just loved it!

    I thought that the Twilight Series was fantastic! Breaking Dawn put everything the books had been leading to into there places. I would recommend this series to anyone, it was just great!

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Breaking Dawn

    I love this book. It was a page by page turner. Great visuals and amazing story line....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Love it!

    Stephanie Meyer is such a symbolic writer that I had no problem finding a deep meaning in something as simple as her title "breaking dawn" along with the chess peices found on the cover. My intuition told me after a few moments browsing the Twilight section in B&N that this book was going to be really good and without a doubt I enjoyed every waking minute of it. I am happy with her conclusion to the Twilight Saga and feel a deep magical love for the world she created. Is it weird that I am 32?....Ha, I don't care. Jacob is an angel in disguise while Edward is any woman's dream come true, but Bella takes the cake with her journey of self discovery and determination to make her dreams a reality. No matter how unreal they seem. Again....I simply love it!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Keeps you reading

    The first two books in the series were a Christmas present to me and luckily I went and bought the rest of the series before the snow hit. Also bought The Host, not part of the series and written for adults.

    Adults who like vampire stories will like the series by Brian Lumley, Necroscope and Vamphyri series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    OMG my FAV!!

    Unlike most everyone else I meet that say Eclipse is their absolute favorite book of this series. Mine is Breaking Dawn. There is just so much going on in this book. To read and feel the the emotions going on in this novel had me hooked from beginning to end. The only time I put it down was when I unknowingly fell asleep somewhere in the wee hours of the morning. And as soon as I woke up, I picked up right where I left off. And who in their right mind doesn't love Stephanie for letting them create their own scene in their head of Isle Esme?! OMG! I won't even tell you what I saw/felt/etc. during certain parts of that! Let's just say, this novel would no longer be in the Teen Section. Anyhow, this whole series can give one a different perspective on life, love, and "forever". Again, if you haven't read this book, it is a must read! Thank you again Stephanie for such a wonderful escape from life.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Best one of the series.

    I had a smile on my face through the first few capters. Going to Hawaii in a few months, & I can't wait to sit on the beach & reread this one.

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