Publication date June 5, 2010 Media type Print (, ) e-Book () Audio Book () Pages 178 (Hardcover) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a companion to the by author. It tells the story of a newborn vampire, Bree Tanner, who is featured in the third book of the series,.
The book is written from the viewpoint of Bree, as opposed to the rest of the series which is predominantly narrated by character. Meyer let director, screenwriter, and a few of the actors read a draft of the story during production of. Contents • • • • • • • • • Plot summary [ ] The story begins with Bree and Diego hunting for human blood in, Washington. Bree has been a vampire for three months, and Diego has been one for eleven months. Together they kill and drink a pimp and two prostitutes. Bree and Diego discuss 'her' (Victoria, who turned them into vampires). They hide in a cave and discuss their human lives, and how Riley came to offer them a second life as a vampire.
Together they decide that Riley is using them as pawns, and that he might be lying to them. They also discover that sunlight does not kill a vampire, but makes their skin sparkle. They become friends and hunt for Riley and the other vampires they live with.
They find that Riley had relocated everyone to a log cabin and Diego gets into a fight. That night Bree and Diego stalk Riley, suspicious that he is meeting with 'her.' They eavesdrop on Riley's conversation with Victoria. Eventually the Volturi show up, threatening to punish Victoria for amassing a vampire army but willing to give her army a chance to destroy the Cullen clan. The Volturi say that if Victoria does not attack within five days, they will kill her.
Bree returns to the log cabin and resolves to run away, while Diego stays behind to talk to Riley and inform him about the fact that the sunlight doesn't hurt them. Riley returns to the cabin alone and tells his vampire army that there are older vampires in Seattle (the Cullens) who want to kill them, and if they want to survive, they will have to work together and learn how to fight. Riley spots Bree and tells her that Diego is doing surveillance work with 'her' and will return to join them in the fight. After three nights of training, Bree and the vampires hunt a ferry boat to drink the passengers' blood and regain their strength for the battle against the elder vampires. Riley then tells everyone that the vampires they will be fighting have yellow eyes and keep a human (Bella) as a pet, he gives them Bella's scent to hunt, describing her as the dessert.
They head off to fight the Cullens. Fred decides to run away to Vancouver before the battle, and agrees to wait for Bree for a day before leaving. Bree takes part in the battle in order to find Diego. But before the battle, Riley retreats, telling Bree that Diego has already started fighting with the group, and that he (Riley) has some other business. Bree arrives at the battle to find the newborn vampires being massacred by the Cullens, and thinks that Diego is already dead because she cannot see or smell him anywhere. She deduces that Victoria and Riley killed Diego for being disobedient the night he went missing. She then turns to run away, but is cornered by Carlisle Cullen.
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn. Download The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5) by Stephenie Meyer 2010 Pdf Book ePub. I watched his body change. He crouched on the roof, one hand.
They are joined by Jasper and Esme Cullen, who debate whether or not to kill her. They decide to restrain her until the Volturi arrive. Jasper forces her to close her eyes and presses his hand over her ears in order to protect the secret of the werewolves (howler vampires, as Bree calls them), because she can hear their howls. Bree then spots Bella, and has trouble resisting the urge to drink Bella's blood (This was the scene which is shown in Eclipse). The Volturi (dark-cloaks) then show up and Bree starts logically deducing facts about the Cullens, and their attitude towards the Volturi.
She begins thinking about of the conversation she and Diego eavesdropped on the night when Diego was killed. She guesses the redhead (Edward Cullen) to be the mindreader, and informs him about what Jane had told Victoria to do. Jane is dissatisfied with their explanations, and turns to interrogate Bree. Jane then tortures Bree into telling everything about the newborns. Bree then pretends to act dumb, and hysterically states that Riley lied to her and everyone else, and they were ignorant of most things, and simply did as they were told, under fear of death. The Volturi decide to kill Bree, but Carlisle and Edward attempt to rescue her, by saying that they would take responsibility for her and teach her the rules.
Bree can see that it is a futile attempt, and Jane confirms it by refusing to spare her life. Jane says that they do not give second chances, as it would adversely affect their reputation as law enforcers, and also warns them that Caius would display an interest in learning that Bella is still human, as he sees her as a threat to vampire secrecy. All of this is beyond Bree's comprehension, and she yearns for it to be over, since Diego, for whom she had developed a romantic affection, is dead. Jane grants her wish by telling Felix to take care of her. Edward warns Bella to shut her eyes, but Bree believes that Edward is referring to herself.
And as she shuts her eyes, she is killed. Characters [ ] • Bree Tanner: The narrator of the story. She was 15, almost 16, when she became a vampire. Bree was introduced as a three-month-old newborn in Eclipse. Bree's father had been hitting her after her mother left them.
She ran away from home and was living in the streets of when Riley found her. She was starving, and either ate out of garbage cans, or attempted to steal food. Riley asked, 'Want a burger, kid?'
And then took her to Victoria who turned her into a vampire. Bree, like other newborn vampires, believed in the urban vampire stories and was afraid of the sun and wooden stakes. Later when Diego showed her they were not true, she was relieved, but wasn't sure if they should tell Riley. She did not trust Riley that much. Bree is confused in Riley's true plans and tries to figure out the truth with Diego. She also doesn't know all the rules of the vampire world because Riley never explained to any of the newborns.
She likes to read and develops a crush on Diego during the book. Bree could have run away from the fight and left with Fred but she went back to look for Diego. Bree surrenders to the Cullens, but in the end the Volturi destroy her. • Diego: Bree's friend, who eventually falls in love with her and is alluded to be her 'mate.'
He was 18 when he was turned into a vampire. He was trapped in an alley when he killed the leader of a gang who killed his brother.
He was rescued by Riley, who offered him a new life. Diego considers Riley, besides Bree, one of his best friends and trusts him, but he still doubts Riley's motives.
Diego confronts Riley on the urban vampire stories about the sun burning them telling Riley it wasn't true. It is suggested that Riley and Victoria brutally killed Diego. • Riley Biers: The leader of the newborns.
He gets his orders from Victoria. He is responsible for finding troubled children and bringing them to Victoria so she can change them into vampires. He is described by Bree as beautiful, just like all vampires are. At first she likes him, but after she has been changed into a vampire, she becomes distrustful and suspicious of him. Riley is said to be very fond of Diego and in love with Victoria. • ' Freaky' Fred: Develops friendship with Bree. Fred has the power to repel others by making them feel repulsed by him.
This is an illusion and therefore would not affect Bella. He uses this to keep other newborns away from him. Because of this they call him Freaky Fred. Bree has a habit of hiding behind him to keep herself away from the attention of Raoul and Kristie and their gangs. Fred is also described as handsome, has blond hair, and looked like his age is of a college student.
Among all the vampires who have decided to fight, he is the only one who decides to run away. He asks Bree to join him but she decides to first go back to find Diego. • Raoul: One of the leaders of a gang of newborns.
Bree strongly dislikes him. He seems to have the power to attract people, although this power only seems to work on people who are dimwitted. He is very competitive and definitely not the smartest. He and his gang has a rivalry with Kristie and her gang until Riley forces everyone to work together against the Cullens. •: Victoria gives Riley orders to create an army to battle the Cullen clan plus Bella. She gives directions which includes telling lies to the newborns but she also lies to Riley which is exposed in Eclipse: Victoria pretends to love Riley when she truly loved James (the reason for creating the vampire army).
During the battle, she and Riley are destroyed by and, respectively. Bree and the rest of the newborns have never met Victoria, their creator. Riley tells the newborns it is to protect themselves and that their minds were not safe but it was not totally true. Though the newborns' thoughts were not safe, the newborns could not see Victoria for her safety, not theirs, due to Alice's ability to read the future. She (Alice) was focused on Victoria's choices but was not 'tuned in' to the newborns. Victoria had known about Alice's power Publication history [ ] Development [ ] According to Stephenie Meyer, she began writing the story while she was editing Eclipse.
Later, she planned on including it in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide: 'This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.'
The resulting story became too long to be included in the Guide, and so it became a stand-alone book. Release [ ] The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner had an initial print run of 1.5 million copies. It was released in stores on June 5, 2010, and was available for free viewing from June 7 to July 5 on the book's official website. For every book sold, one dollar will be donated to the to support relief efforts in Haiti and Chile. For those who take advantage of the free viewing there would be an option for the individual to make a donation as well. The online version of the book was for viewing only and not offered as a download.
Two weeks after its release, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was on USA Today's best-seller list. Publisher Little, Brown estimated that 700,000 copies were sold in the United States, and 75,000 people read the entire book online for free. Bree Tanner also became one of the fastest selling books in the UK having sold 89,549 copies, at an average of 79 copies per minute, in less than nineteen hours. It is also the third fastest selling hardback title in the UK, behind and.
In its first full week in the UK, it sold 136,995 copies and was described as an 'incredible achievement for a book that has been free to view online' and making Meyer the second most successful young fiction author in the UK market, behind. Tie-in with movie [ ] In 2009, approached author to ask for a draft of the book for. Meyer gave a draft to the cast and crew of the film to get to know more about Bree. Meyer also gave a copy to. The book was subsequently made part of the Eclipse movie. Reception [ ] Reception for Bree Tanner has been mostly positive.
Described the book as a 'riveting story' and commented, 'In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.' Also responded with a positive review and noted, 'Reading Bree's story enriches our reading of the Twilight saga and will enhance enjoyment of the Eclipse movie'. Kat Lay of lauded Bree Tanner as 'bloody fangtastic', and the author's final word on the book was, 'You really sympathise with this creature as she struggles not to kill heroine Bella. Meyer is great at tugging the heart strings one moment and making you draw back in shock the next'. References [ ]. • ^ Carol Memmott (2010-04-02).. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
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I watched his body change. He crouched on the roof, one hand gripping the edge. All that strange friendliness disappeared, and he was a hunter. That was something I recognised, something I was comfortable with because I understood it. I turned off my brain. It was time to hunt. I took a deep breath, drawing in the scent of the blood inside the humans below.
They weren't the only humans around, but they were the closest. Who you were going to hunt was the kind of decision you had to make before you scented your prey.
It was too late now to choose anything. Fans of the Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst 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 know only 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? In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
God, this is so sad. Driver Svoa Iris 746s C2d20000. Of all the books I've read and reviewed (and loved a hell of a lot more), this is still the only one anyone bothers liking or commenting on. Haven't any of you read The Lord of the Rings? It would've been so cool if there was a shadowed hour-glass on every page, with the upper bulb being full on the first and then depleting as you near the end of the novel until it's empty on the last page. For once, the illustration on the cover coincides with the story. I still have no idea why there's an apple on the cover of Twilight. Okay, I think I should give a heads-up for people planning to read this book, whether you liked Twilight or not.
It's not my favorite series, personally, but I thought, hey, since Bree was just a very small character in eclipse it might be kind of interesting to read her story. You know, actually, when I reached that part in Eclipse I was kindof hoping the Cullens would adopt Bree. It would've been nice to have a new character that would be most certain to make horrible mistakes (and not the bumbling idiotic mistakes Bella makes, but justified ones), but now I realise Meyer was just trying to stay true to the nature of the Volturi by killing off Bree. One of the only things she's managed to do right.
I did not like this book. You'd think, by writing from a crazed newborn's perspective, Meyer would move away a bit from her usual writing style. All her protagonists so far (Wanderer, Bella, now Bree) have nothing between them I can deferentiate with.
That is, they are all the same person. Meyer should work on character-originality.
I mean come on, she's gonna bore us to death if she does this again. I'm not saying this book was superficial; Bree is smarter than Bella. But that's just it. She's a more civilized newborn than the others. Sure, she can't control her thirst, but she can think for herself. I saw no difference between her adjusting to the vampire life and Bella when she was first blooded (er, sorry, that's a Darren Shan term I got used to), except that Bree wasn't feeling guilty about trying not to harm humans, of course. She's just smart about it.
She and Diego. And that's another thing; she only spends like a day with the guy and already they're comfortable enough to kiss (well, he kissed her). Near the end we reach the scene when the Cullens are facing the newborns. That was a disappointment. Don't know if I'm spoiling or not, but the missing fight scene in Eclipse between the rest of the Cullens and the newborns is missing in this book too. That is, it happened, and Bree was there, but she took no part in it. She was looking for Diego.
Stephenie Meyer seems to be afraid of making decent fight scenes. I mean, apparently the newborns fight alot amongst themselves, but the ripping off limbs thing can get pretty boring.
As it is normal for Bree. True to its name, this book is pretty short, only around 170 pages or so. And maybe now I should just give you guys a summary so you can understand what I'm talking about*spoiler alert!**spoiler alert!*: Basically, the newborns live with Riley, who keeps them in order, and they are ignorant.
They believe the old myths, about the sun burning them (which is the way it should be if you ask me, none of that sparkle stuff!) and the stake through the heart thing, and they know nothing about Victoria and only refer to her as her. Diego and Bree befriend each other while hiding out in a cave underwater waiting for the sun to go down, and they start questioning some of the things they've been told. Diego 'experiments', and finds out that the sun really doesn't burn at all.
So um, they want to go tell Riley, in case he doesn't already know, and they overhear him and Victoria talking with the Volturi (whom they know nothing about); turns out Jane wants Victoria to defeat the Cullens, and gives her five days to prepare the newborns before she wipes them out. So Diego waits up for Riley and Bree goes back to the house, and Riley comes home without Diego, and he starts training the newborns, who even when the time finally comes to fight the Cullens are too disorganized to do anything (he feeds them this lie that once every four years the sun can't hurt them so that they'll go outside). And, well, you know the rest. Bree doesn't see the wolves because Jasper has her eyes and ears closed after she surrenders.
She thinks they're another breed of vampire. Here is where you can really sympathize with Bree whilst comparing her to the Cullens because she really doesn't know anything about vampire life.
And, as you know, she never will. And that's basically it.
I mean, it was interesting, but good for an online short than an actual book. It wasn't worth my time. I got a massive headache when I'd finished. P.s: no more vampires for me! I'm sick of all the blood. Between Twilight Saga and the Saga of Darren Shan, I'd go with Darren Shan for true vampire lovers (I repeat, VAMPIRE lovers, not VAMPIRE ROMANCE lovers).
I mean, atleast the vampires in there are not totally perfect in every way, and they can grow older and be killed. P.p.s: Okay, okay, you guys can stop telling me what the book cover of Twilight signifies, as you might've noticed I've received a billion comments chastizing my ignorance. In any case, I don't think it's at all fair to Adam and Eve to compare Bella and Edward to them. We went traveling through the upper end of North Queensland once as a family. We came to one of those strange, small-town, out-of-the-way places for a quick bird study tour with my scientist uncle. The place's claim to fame was that it also housed a giant mango. You heard me right.
A giant, massive replica of a mango. Within the giant mango was an ice cream shop. Nobody could explain to us why there was a giant mango or why the giant mango has somehow spawned an icecream parlor from its bowels like it was grotesquely pregnant and in the process of some sick, monstrous fruit/shop labor. Reading Bree Tanner was a little like that. It was something that didn't make sense, from a series that was much bigger than it should have been and in the end, nobody could properly explain its existence to me. I asked my Twilight friends why it had been published and their nonchalant, disinterested shrug was almost identical to those crazy North Queenslanders with their giant mango. Glad I didn't pay money for it.
Couldn't be bothered finishing it and at least the freakishly large mango gave me ice cream. This just gave me a headache. 4 stars – Vampire/Young Adult This provided a nice Twilight Saga fix while waiting impatiently for the 'Eclipse' movie to come out, and I enjoyed Bree's alternate viewpoint and insight into the army of newborn vampires that battle against the Cullens. But I think I speak for a large majority of Twilight fans that what we really want is for Ms. Meyer to move past her hurt feelings and wounded pride and just finish Midnight Sun, darnit! Seriously, the Meyer the Martyr routine is getting a little old and continuing to punish and deprive her loyal fans of what we want most just makes her seem a bit immature and petty, IMO.
Opening Line: 'The newspaper headline glared at me from a little vending machine: SEATTLE UNDER SEIGE--DEATH TOLL RISES AGAIN.' I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, I mean Bree's character only has a tiny part in Stephanie Meyers Twilight world so she and the rest of the newborns can’t really have much of a story to tell can they? Well as it turns out the answer is Yes.
At 178 pages this novella manages to also give up some new revelations regarding Jane and the 'dark cloaks' (Volturi) -jeez, that Jane is evil! And I absolutely loved seeing Carlisle, Jasper, Bella and “the red headed mind reader” from an outsider’s perspective. There was more violence here then I would have expected from Meyer, as the newborns pillage Seattle and dispose of their drained food sources. I was also freaked out by a scene involving the armies seizure of a passenger ferry in the Puget Sound and the insuring carnage as the dine on their human buffet (I live on an island in the pacific northwest) We are also introduced to a couple of fantastic new characters; Diego as Bree’s love interest and in particular Freaky Fred, who I really hope to read about again someday.
Because we all know the outcome there is a building level of suspense throughout the story. And as the inevitable Eclipse battle approached I found myself wishing for a different ending to Bree’s short second life as I'd come to genuinely care about her which I believe was Meyer's point. Bree Tanner can barely remember a life before the relentless burning thirst took over.
Now as a newborn Vampire this 15 year old runaway lives a precarious existence, trying not to draw attention to herself while her and her fellow newborns fight amongst themselves, killing each other as often as their prey. Her only other constants would be Riley, who as their leader the army follows submissively and without question and a horrifying creator known only as 'her'. After 3 months Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego when the pair discover that they can in fact go out in the daylight without turning into a pile of ash (a stake through the heart is pretty useless too) They quickly begin to wonder what else Riley’s been lying about and question his agenda as a whole.
However as their friendship blossoms Bree and Diego soon realize that they’re nothing but pawns in a war that has little to do with them. But when everything you know about yourself as a vampire is based on a lie how do you find out the truth, who do you trust and how do you get yourself free? With such an insignificant character like Bree getting her story told I realized that the novella possibilities here are endless. Now if we could only convince Stephanie Meyer to finally finish Midnight Sun. *sigh* 'Don't watch' the redheaded mind reader whispered.
I closed my eyes.'