rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was actually a little nervous about reading this book. I didn't want Stephenie Meyer to fall down after her success with the Twilight series. No need to worry on that front! I enjoyed this book on many different levels: suspense, romance, science fiction, and many more. I found it very interesting to look at us, as humans, through the eyes of a completely humane and honest other-worldly being. It almost made me ashamed at how barbaric and cruel we can sometimes be. But there is also the flip-side where we can be loving and accepting and truly kind.
To me the message is that we are complex beings who have the capacity to change and improve ourselves and also that it's impossible to feel true happiness unless we know what it is to feel sorrow.
As a side note: I think that Stephenie is a master at the "love triangle." It is pretty amazing how she can present two imperfect men (Jared and Ian or Edward and Jacob) and make them both appealing in their own way.
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