Chapter 21: Phone Call

22 Oct

This chapter is basically the same as the last chapter: Bella sits in a hotel room and uses a phone. She misses Edward. Alice reveals something with her vampire future powers, and then the revealed event immediately happens. Smeyer expects us to be shocked and surprised and on the edges of our seats. We’re not.

Once again, Alice draws a picture from her vision. Bella identifies it as Renée’s (her mother’s) house, which is unsurprising since in the last chapter, Alice drew a dance studio that was practically next door to Renée’s house. Alice and Jasper make a lot of phone calls (that Meyer sure loves using the phone) and tell Bella that Edward is coming to take her away. Bella is displeased about being taken away, and goes to her room to sulk.

For three and a half hours I stared at the wall, curled in a ball, rocking. My mind went around in circles, trying to come up with some way out of this nightmare. There was no escape, no reprieve. I could see only one possible end looming darkly in my future. The only question was how many other people would be hurt before I reached it.

The only solace, the only hope I had left, was knowing that I would see Edward soon. Maybe, if I could just see his face again, I would also be able to see the solution that eluded me now.

To translate: “all of my friends and family will soon die, but I will get to see Edward in a few hours, so that is all that matters!”

After a while of nothing happening, Renée calls. James has already kidnapped her, and he talks to Bella while instructing her to say things to make it sound like she is still talking to her mum. James tells her to lose the Cullens and to go to Renée’s house where she will find a phone number to call.

This whole hostage situation could have been really effective, suspenseful, and terrifying if it was actually a surprise and Smeyer would just quit trying to foreshadow, because I think we have gathered enough evidence by now to prove that she has NO IDEA how to foreshadow. Apart from the disturbing themes of abuse and sexism, I think the “foreshadowing” is this book’s greatest flaw. It’s killing me.

Anyway… Bella gets off the phone and decides that the only option is for her to die. Um???? Why are characters in this book always jumping to the worst conclusions so quickly?

I had to accept that I wouldn’t see Edward again, not even one last glimpse of his face to carry with me to the mirror room. I was going to hurt him, and I couldn’t say goodbye. I let the waves of torture wash over me, have their way for a time. Then I pushed them back, too, and went to face Alice.

I get the feeling she is still enjoying this misery thing.

She goes to her room after speaking to Alice, and writes a good-bye letter to Edward.

And, uh, that’s it. Again. Amazing how Smeyer can turn so little action into a whole chapter that is ten pages long.

Well, I guess I will start in on Chapter 22 since I CAN’T HANDLE THE SUSPENSE OMG and because I left you all Twilightless for a week.


7 Responses to “Chapter 21: Phone Call”

  1. JMJ October 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Yes, Bella definitely is addicted to Edward! Wouldn’t it have been so much smarter for her to tell Alice, who can see the future, what she was planning on doing so that at least there would be three of them going to confront James rather than one mortal! :)

    • Amy-jean October 23, 2010 at 1:41 am #

      I don’t know why she is going to bother trying to hide anything from Alice, since Alice can see the future. Then again, Alice’s premonitions seem pretty inconsistent as a plot device. Which is too bad… I sort of like Alice, and wish she were better-written.

  2. Arallyn October 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I assume you will be finishing the series. Or at least also reviewing Midnight Sun (same story, but Eddy’s viewpoint). Because if you aren’t, I can find where you live and do terrible things.

    • Amy-jean October 23, 2010 at 1:42 am #

      Oh of course! And imagine all the dirt I’ll find in Midnight Sun…
      I’ll be watching the first movie after this (and probably doing a video blog so you can all bask in the glory of my weird Maritime/British accent, whee!) and then moving onto New Moon.

  3. jmjbookblog October 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Did Stephenie Meyer ever finish Midnight Sun? Is it in book stores? I would like to read Edward’s perspective on everything.

    • Sarah October 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

      I’m pretty sure it wasn’t finished/published. Some chapters were leaked and she threw a melodramatic fit then canceled the project indefinitely.

    • Amy-jean October 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

      What Sarah said. I’ve read a few interviews that make it sound like Midnight Sun will eventually be released and finished, but those could just be old interviews. It’s hard to tell how old articles on the internet are sometimes.
      If you go here: you can read what there is of Midnight Sun. I’ll look into it a bit further later to see if she really is writing more (I go incognito on Twilight fan sites… maybe I’ll tell you all the name of my Twi-hard persona later). I’ll review what there is of it once I finish Breaking Dawn… or whatever other books come out between now and then.

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