“Back of Book” Summary:
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirt for blood…life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?
This book is a short novella which gives more detail into the life of Bree Tanner. Bree appeared in the book Eclipse briefly towards the end. She was a young girl and a newborn vampire who got caught up in Victoria’s war against the Cullen Clan. During the battle, Bree surrendered to the Cullen’s who had hoped to bring her into the family. Unfortunately, the Volturi denied their wishes and the girl was executed. Not only did Bree have a very short life of fifteen years, but she had an even shorter second life as a vampire of only a few months. This novella gives insight into how Victoria and Riley created and trained the ultimately ill-fated army.
Although this book is included in the Twilight Saga, this novella is merely a side note,of a much larger story. I would recommend it for clarification on some events in Eclipse. However, it is certainly the weakest book in the series. While I have nothing against fan fiction- but acknowledge some of the arguments against it as valid- a reviewer on Goodreads equated The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner to bad fan fiction, which she says is “the literary equivalent of public nose picking.” While I do think her statement is harsh, I agree that this book does read like a piece of fan fiction and, although entertaining, may not actually add significance to the overall narrative that is the Twilight Saga.
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