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{{Quote|Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight—a lunar eclipse, a new moon. A new moon. I shivered, though I wasn't cold.|[[Bella Swan]]}}
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{{Quote|Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight—a lunar eclipse, a new moon. A new moon. I shivered, though I wasn't cold.|[[Beau Swan]]}}
   
 
'''''New Moon''''' is a young adult fantasy/romance novel by [[Stephenie Meyer]]. It is the second novel in the ''[[Twilight Saga|Twilight Saga]]'' and was published in hardcover in 2006.
 
'''''New Moon''''' is a young adult fantasy/romance novel by [[Stephenie Meyer]]. It is the second novel in the ''[[Twilight Saga|Twilight Saga]]'' and was published in hardcover in 2006.
   
 
==Plot summary==
 
==Plot summary==
In the beginning of the book, [[Bella Swan|Bella]] is upset because it's her birthday and it will make her older than the "forever" 17 year old [[Edward Cullen]]. Much to her dismay, the [[Olympic Coven|Cullen family]] throws her a birthday party. She, then, receives a present from [[Alice Cullen|Alice]] and Edward, a CD with [[Bella's lullaby]] on it. At the birthday party, Bella gets a paper cut when opening a present and then [[Jasper Hale]] tries to attack her which then leads to her being accidentally smashed into a mess of glass that cuts deeply into her arm, [[Carlisle]] ends up giving Bella stitches. Even though Jasper does not harm Bella because the rest of the Cullen's manage to restrain him, the encounter shakes Edward. This reminds Edward of the danger he puts Bella in because of their relationship.
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In the beginning of the book, [[Bella Swan|Beau]] is upset because it's his birthday and it will make him older than the "forever" 17 year old [[Edward Cullen]]. Much to his dismay, the [[Olympic Coven|Cullen family]] throws him a birthday party. He, then, receives a present from [[Alice Cullen|Alice]] and Edward, a CD with [[Bella's lullaby|Beau's lullaby]] on it. At the birthday party, Beau gets a paper cut when opening a present and then [[Jasper Hale]] tries to attack him which then leads to him being accidentally smashed into a mess of glass that cuts deeply into his arm, [[Carlisle]] ends up giving Beau stitches. Even though Jasper does not harm Beau because the rest of the Cullen's manage to restrain him, the encounter shakes Edward. This reminds Edward of the danger he puts Beau in because of their relationship.
   
After the party, Bella begins to sense that something is amiss. First Edward is being unresponsive and sulky, then Alice suddenly stops showing up for school. At last, when Bella plans to find out what is happening, Edward meets her after school and takes her into the woods by her house. There Edward tells her that his family has already left Forks, citing that people have noticed that Carlisle is not aging. This shocks Bella, as she realizes that Alice is gone, but even worse is when Edward declares that he is leaving too and that she cannot follow. He does this by telling Bella he no longer loves her, leaving her heartbroken. As soon as he leaves, Bella enters a deep depression that lasts for months, becoming a kind of a zombie with no friends and no life. Bella likens the experience to having a hole in her chest, which flares and throbs at the slightest reminder of Edward. She is plagued by incessant nightmares, and becomes detached from the world altogether. She feels this way not only because she has lost her true love, but because his disappearance has triggered the irrational thought that he never existed in Bella's life.
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After the party, Beau begins to sense that something is amiss. First Edward is being unresponsive and sulky, then Alice suddenly stops showing up for school. At last, when Beau plans to find out what is happening, Edward meets him after school and takes him into the woods by his house. There Edward tells him that his family has already left Forks, citing that people have noticed that Carlisle is not aging. This shocks Beau, as he realizes that Alice is gone, but even worse is when Edward declares that he is leaving too and that he cannot follow. He does this by telling Beau he no longer loves him, leaving him heartbroken. As soon as he leaves, Beau enters a deep depression that lasts for months, becoming a kind of a zombie with no friends and no life. Beau likens the experience to having a hole in his chest, which flares and throbs at the slightest reminder of Edward. He is plagued by incessant nightmares, and becomes detached from the world altogether. He feels this way not only because he has lost his true love, but because his disappearance has triggered the irrational thought that he never existed in Beau's life.
   
As her condition gradually worsens, Charlie begins to worry. When her [[Charlie Swan|father]] threatens to send her to live with her mother, she seeks comfort with [[Jacob Black]], an old family friend who helps Bella's pain. Bella soon discovers that rushes of adrenaline in her system yield hallucinations of Edward's voice. Desperate to hear him, she purposely places herself in dangerous situations. She rides a motorcycle and even approaches strange men in Port Angeles. It is through Jacob that she is taught how to ride a motorcycle, and the two bond overtime. Bella soon realizes that Jacob has deep feelings for her, and while she feels she cannot return them, she does not stop him because she depends on his company.
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As his condition gradually worsens, Charlie begins to worry. When his [[Charlie Swan|father]] threatens to send him to live with his mother, he seeks comfort with [[Jacob Black]], an old family friend who helps Beau's pain. Beau soon discovers that rushes of adrenaline in his system yield hallucinations of Edward's voice. Desperate to hear him, he purposely places himself in dangerous situations. He rides a motorcycle and even approaches strange men in Port Angeles. It is through Jacob that he is taught how to ride a motorcycle, and the two bond overtime. Beau soon realizes that Jacob has deep feelings for him, and while he feels he cannot return them, he does not stop him because he depends on his company.
   
As their relationship flourishes, word soon spreads of disappearances in the woods, with the blame placed on sightings of a large bear. Charlie is alerted to this, and warns Bella to stay clear of the forest. But Bella disregards his words when she attempts to find the meadow that Edward took her to once. Bella ventures deep into the woods and finds the meadow, but the reminder only upsets her. But she is suddenly encountered by Laurent, an old member of James' coven. He is surprised to find her alone, having visited the empty Cullen house recently. When Bella asks why he is around, Laurent reveals that he came on an errand for Victoria. It turns out that Victoria has decided to avenge her fallen mate by killing Bella; a mate for a mate, so that Edward will be grief-stricken. Bella is horrified, but Laurent tells her that he is thirsty and plans to kill her himself, insisting that he shall make her death less painful compared the torture Victoria plans for her.
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As their relationship flourishes, word soon spreads of disappearances in the woods, with the blame placed on sightings of a large bear. Charlie is alerted to this, and warns Beau to stay clear of the forest. But Beau disregards his words when he attempts to find the meadow that Edward took him to once. Beau ventures deep into the woods and finds the meadow, but the reminder only upsets him. But he is suddenly encountered by Laurent, an old member of James' coven. He is surprised to find him alone, having visited the empty Cullen house recently. When Beau asks why he is around, Laurent reveals that he came on an errand for Victoria. It turns out that Victoria has decided to avenge her fallen mate by killing Beau; a mate for a mate, so that Edward will be grief-stricken. Beau is horrified, but Laurent tells him that he is thirsty and plans to kill him himself, insisting that he shall make his death less painful compared the torture Victoria plans for him.
   
They are interrupted however by the arrival of the "bear", only it turns out to be a large wolf. Not just one wolf, but at least five of them. To Bella's surprise, not only does Laurent run from the sight of them, but the wolves completely ignore Bella and give chase. A shocked Bella quickly escapes the forest and returns home and tells her father what she saw. She becomes paranoid, fearing that Laurent will tell Victoria that the Cullens are not around to protect Bella, and that Victoria will eventually find her.
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They are interrupted however by the arrival of the "bear", only it turns out to be a large wolf. Not just one wolf, but at least five of them. To Beau's surprise, not only does Laurent run from the sight of them, but the wolves completely ignore Beau and give chase. A shocked Beau quickly escapes the forest and returns home and tells his father what he saw. He becomes paranoid, fearing that Laurent will tell Victoria that the Cullens are not around to protect Beau, and that Victoria will eventually find him.
   
Aside from this, her condition improves seemingly, though she still feels the pain in her chest. When Jacob suddenly stops seeing her, Bella panics and confronts him. Jacob has become part of a gang lead by Sam Uley, who rescued Bella the night she was lost in the woods. Jacob tells her that he cannot see her anymore, and seems aware that the Cullens are vampires. But later that night Jacob comes to Bella's house, apologizes and tries to give her a hint about what has happened to him. After he leaves, Bella recalls an old story about the Quilette Werewolves, part of Jacob's tribal heritage.
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Aside from this, his condition improves seemingly, though he still feels the pain in his chest. When Jacob suddenly stops seeing him, Beau panics and confronts him. Jacob has become part of a gang lead by Sam Uley, who rescued Beau the night he was lost in the woods. Jacob tells him that he cannot see him anymore, and seems aware that the Cullens are vampires. But later that night Jacob comes to Beau's house, apologizes and tries to give him a hint about what has happened to him. After he leaves, Beau recalls an old story about the Quilette Werewolves, part of Jacob's tribal heritage.
   
Bella soon finds out that Jacob is a [[Shape-shifter|werewolf]], a secret that had always been in his family's genetics but reveals itself only when vampires, the werewolves' natural enemies, are around. It is a secret he is forced to keep from Bella at first, but he eventually finds a way around it, making Bella guess what he is. As soon as Bella figures it out, Jacob reveals as much as he can without betraying his pack. Bella and Jacob begin to spend more and more time together. He reveals that Laurent was killed after they chased him from the meadow, but the "redhead" vampire is still at large. Bella realizes that it is Victoria, still trying to kill her. Jacob and his pack then decide to protect Bella as best they can.
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Beau soon finds out that Jacob is a [[Shape-shifter|werewolf]], a secret that had always been in his family's genetics but reveals itself only when vampires, the werewolves' natural enemies, are around. It is a secret he is forced to keep from Beau at first, but he eventually finds a way around it, making Beau guess what he is. As soon as Beau figures it out, Jacob reveals as much as he can without betraying his pack. Beau and Jacob begin to spend more and more time together. He reveals that Laurent was killed after they chased him from the meadow, but the "redhead" vampire is still at large. Beau realizes that it is Victoria, still trying to kill him. Jacob and his pack then decide to protect Beau as best they can.
   
Needing another dose of adrenaline, Bella wants to try cliff-jumping, a recreational activity, participated in by Jacob's friends, but Jacob tells her it is not safe by herself and cannot find time to take her, since he and the other werewolves are busy protecting the town against Victoria. However, Bella grows tired of waiting for Jacob. She jumps and gets caught in a riptide in the water. After a few minutes, Jacob rescues her and brings her to safety. When they return to Jacob's house, they learn that Charlie's friend, [[Harry Clearwater]], has passed away because of a heart attack.
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Needing another dose of adrenaline, Beau wants to try cliff-jumping, a recreational activity, participated in by Jacob's friends, but Jacob tells him it is not safe by himself and cannot find time to take him, since he and the other werewolves are busy protecting the town against Victoria. However, Beau grows tired of waiting for Jacob. He jumps and gets caught in a riptide in the water. After a few minutes, Jacob rescues him and brings him to safety. When they return to Jacob's house, they learn that Charlie's friend, [[Harry Clearwater]], has passed away because of a heart attack.
   
Bella's cliff dive sets off a series of unprecedented events. At the same time of her cliff dive, Alice, Edward's "sister" who has [[Subjective precognition|visions of the future]], foresees Bella jumping to her apparent death. However, werewolves are invisible to her foresight, and she does not see Jacob rescuing Bella. Presuming Bella is dead, Alice rushes to Forks to check on Charlie. When Alice gets there, she finds Bella alive and well. Bella is thrilled to see her again, and she explains that was not committing suicide. For a time Alice stays at Bella's house, an arrangement which Charlie is happy to accept. But when Alice and Charlie are speaking alone, Charlie confesses how tough it has been for both of them. He fears that she will never recover, even with Jacobs around, and he clearly vents his anger to Alice that Edward is responsible. However Charlie is happy to have her around.
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Beau's cliff dive sets off a series of unprecedented events. At the same time of his cliff dive, Alice, Edward's "sister" who has [[Subjective precognition|visions of the future]], foresees Beau jumping to his apparent death. However, werewolves are invisible to her foresight, and she does not see Jacob rescuing Beau. Presuming Beau is dead, Alice rushes to Forks to check on Charlie. When Alice gets there, she finds Beau alive and well. Beau is thrilled to see her again, and he explains that was not committing suicide. For a time Alice stays at Beau's house, an arrangement which Charlie is happy to accept. But when Alice and Charlie are speaking alone, Charlie confesses how tough it has been for both of them. He fears that he will never recover, even with Jacob around, and he clearly vents his anger to Alice that Edward is responsible. However Charlie is happy to have her around.
   
But Rosalie, not knowing the truth, called Edward to tell him that Bella is dead. Edward wants to see if it is actually true by calling at Bella's home. When Edward calls, Jacob answers the phone, however, and informs Edward, who is impersonating Carlisle Cullen, that Charlie is at the funeral, referring to Harry, but Edward draws the conclusion that it is Bella's funeral. Having lost the will to exist as immortal, Edward flees to Italy to see the Volturi (peace-keeping vampires who would be able to kill Edward if he broke the vampire laws) thus granting him leave of a world without Bella. Alice foresees this however, and in a panic she and Bella hasten to stop him.
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But Royal, not knowing the truth, called Edward to tell him that Beau is dead. Edward wants to see if it is actually true by calling at Beau's home. When Edward calls, Jacob answers the phone, however, and informs Edward, who is impersonating Carlisle Cullen, that Charlie is at the funeral, referring to Harry, but Edward draws the conclusion that it is Beau's funeral. Having lost the will to exist as immortal, Edward flees to Italy to see the Volturi (peace-keeping vampires who would be able to kill Edward if he broke the vampire laws) thus granting him leave of a world without Beau. Alice foresees this however, and in a panic she and Beau hasten to stop him.
   
Bella and Alice rush to Italy to stop Edward. Bella stops Edward from stepping into the sunlight by running with all her energy to save him, he is happy to see Bella and know she is alive. She states ''you didn't have to feel guilty or anything, I can let you go now''. He states ''you'll never have to let go''. The reason why Edward decided to reveal himself is because Aro refused to kill him at first so he tries to break the law by an act that would have revealed the existence of vampires and invoked the wrath of the Volturi. Instead, all three of them are brought before the Volturi for judgment. Aro, the most exuberant of the Volturi and their overall leader, is very curious about Bella and her power to block Edward's mind reading. So he sets up tests for her, and finds out that neither he nor Jane can affect her. Intriguied, Aro asks if she wants to join the Volturi when she is a vampire, but she refuses. One of the leaders, Caius, states that Edward has still broken the law by revealing the vampire world to a human, violating the one rule of keeping the existence of vampires a secret. Therefore, they decree that Bella must be killed because she knows too much about vampires. Aro however says that Bella may still live if Edward will turn her into a vampire himself. They are saved when Alice shows Aro a vision of the future. Aro, who can also read minds, sees Bella becoming a Vampire and is satisfied. The three are free to leave on one condition: Bella must be turned into a vampire, and soon.
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Beau and Alice rush to Italy to stop Edward. Beau stops Edward from stepping into the sunlight by running with all his energy to save him, he is happy to see Beau and know he is alive. He states ''you didn't have to feel guilty or anything, I can let you go now''. He states ''you'll never have to let go''. The reason why Edward decided to reveal himself is because Aro refused to kill him at first so he tries to break the law by an act that would have revealed the existence of vampires and invoked the wrath of the Volturi. Instead, all three of them are brought before the Volturi for judgment. Aro, the most exuberant of the Volturi and their overall leader, is very curious about Beau and his power to block Edward's mind reading. So he sets up tests for him, and finds out that neither he nor Jane can affect him. Intriguied, Aro asks if he wants to join the Volturi when he is a vampire, but he refuses. One of the leaders, Caius, states that Edward has still broken the law by revealing the vampire world to a human, violating the one rule of keeping the existence of vampires a secret. Therefore, they decree that Beau must be killed because he knows too much about vampires. Aro however says that Beau may still live if Edward will turn him into a vampire himself. They are saved when Alice shows Aro a vision of the future. Aro, who can also read minds, sees Beau becoming a Vampire and is satisfied. The three are free to leave on one condition: Beau must be turned into a vampire, and soon.
   
When they all return to Forks, Bella wakes up to see Edward and believes she had drowned or is dreaming and starts going into hysterics. Edward tells her what he was doing before he heard about her dying, that he left to try and protect her because, in spite of his words, he still loves her deeply. But she still believes that he is a dream. He finally manages to make her believe he is real by kissing her. He also explains that he will never leave her again. She is happy to have him back, but he upsets her when he says that he won't damn her soul by turning her into a vampire. Bella knows that she must become a vampire, knowing that the Volturi are incredibly powerful and will surely punish them for breaking their deal. She then tells him that she is going to ask his family to vote on the matter. Everybody says yes to her being a vampire except Edward and Rosalie, with the latter only voting no because she herself resents the life of a vampire and feels obliged to at least vote otherwise. Edward is angry at his family, but Carlisle himself will not risk Edward running off to the Volturi if Bella dies as a mortal. Edward takes Bella home, and tells Bella that he will turn her himself after she marries him. Bella is subsequently healed from her psychological wounds, and her life begins anew.
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When they all return to Forks, Beau wakes up to see Edward and believes he had drowned or is dreaming and starts going into hysterics. Edward tells him what he was doing before he heard about him dying, that he left to try and protect him because, in spite of his words, he still loves him deeply. But he still believes that he is a dream. He finally manages to make him believe he is real by kissing him. He also explains that he will never leave him again. He is happy to have him back, but he upsets him when he says that he won't damn his soul by turning him into a vampire. Beau knows that he must become a vampire, knowing that the Volturi are incredibly powerful and will surely punish them for breaking their deal. He then tells him that he is going to ask his family to vote on the matter. Everybody says yes to him being a vampire except Edward and Royal, with the latter only voting no because he himself resents the life of a vampire and feels obliged to at least vote otherwise. Edward is angry at his family, but Carlisle himself will not risk Edward running off to the Volturi if Beau dies as a mortal. Edward takes Beau home, and tells Beau that he will turn him himself after he marries him. Beau is subsequently healed from his psychological wounds, and his life begins anew.
   
The book ends with Bella being grounded for leaving Forks without permission. Because she hadn't gone to La Push in a while, Jacob thinks that Edward was keeping Bella away, so he drops off the motorcycles at her house, which makes Charlie furious. When Bella and Edward come back and find this out, Jacob confronts them. Bella explains that she didn't go to see him because she was grounded before, and Jacob (who thinks Edward plans to change Bella into a vampire) reminds Edward that if he or any of his family bites a human, their treaty with the werewolves will be broken. Jacob is shocked when Bella reacts angrily toward this revelation, and realizes that Bella ''wants'' to become a vampire. He leaves looking hurt and angry, and Bella gets the feeling that he now counts her among his enemies. The novel ends with Bella contemplating all the problems that she has: Victoria, Jacob's mistrust, the Volturi, and the threat of a war with the werewolves. If she does not become a vampire the Volturi will kill her, but if she is transformed then the werewolf pack will attempt to do the same.
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The book ends with Beau being grounded for leaving Forks without permission. Because he hadn't gone to La Push in a while, Jacob thinks that Edward was keeping Beau away, so he drops off the motorcycles at his house, which makes Charlie furious. When Beau and Edward come back and find this out, Jacob confronts them. Beau explains that he didn't go to see him because he was grounded before, and Jacob (who thinks Edward plans to change Beau into a vampire) reminds Edward that if he or any of his family bites a human, their treaty with the werewolves will be broken. Jacob is shocked when Beau reacts angrily toward this revelation, and realizes that Beau ''wants'' to become a vampire. He leaves looking hurt and angry, and Beau gets the feeling that he now counts him among his enemies. The novel ends with Beau contemplating all the problems that he has: Victoria, Jacob's mistrust, the Volturi, and the threat of a war with the werewolves. If he does not become a vampire the Volturi will kill him, but if he is transformed then the werewolf pack will attempt to do the same.
   
 
==Cover and title significance==
 
==Cover and title significance==
 
[[File:New_Moon_book_cover_(second).jpg|left|thumb|The second edition book cover featuring the cast of the film adaption.]]
 
[[File:New_Moon_book_cover_(second).jpg|left|thumb|The second edition book cover featuring the cast of the film adaption.]]
Stephenie Meyer has stated that the red and white ruffled tulip on the cover of ''New Moon'' has no significance to the story, as she had no part in choosing its design.<ref name="FAQ">http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/nm_faq.html</ref> However, fans suggest theories like the "flower is drooping because Edward and Bella's love is failing," and "the white and red represents Bella adjusting to vampire life," and "like the falling petal of the flower, Bella is also falling into a deep depression."
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Stephenie Meyer has stated that the red and white ruffled tulip on the cover of ''New Moon'' has no significance to the story, as she had no part in choosing its design.<ref name="FAQ">http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/nm_faq.html</ref> However, fans suggest theories like the "flower is drooping because Edward and Beau's love is failing," and "the white and red represents Beau adjusting to vampire life," and "like the falling petal of the flower, Beau is also falling into a deep depression."
   
The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that ''New Moon'' is about the darkest period of Bella's life when she doesn't have true love. Stephenie Meyer has stated that it has absolutely nothing to do with werewolves.<ref name="FAQ" />
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The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that ''New Moon'' is about the darkest period of Beau's life when he doesn't have true love. Stephenie Meyer has stated that it has absolutely nothing to do with werewolves.<ref name="FAQ" />
 
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On November 22, 2008, Summit Entertainment, the producers of the [[Twilight (film)|Twilight film]], officially announced that they would move forward with the production of the second installment in the saga, ''New Moon''.<ref>http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight_movie.html</ref> This announcement came after the first film's early success at the box office. [[Stephenie Meyer]] stated that she is very happy to be able to continue working with Summit on the production of the saga. The majority of the original cast have signed on for the sequel, which will star [[Kristen Stewart]], [[Robert Pattinson]], [[Taylor Lautner]], and [[Ashley Greene]]. [[Chris Weitz]] is directing the film, replacing [[Catherine Hardwicke]] who could not return to direct ''New Moon'' due to time restraints. Summit released ''New Moon'' on November 20, 2009.
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On November 22, 2008, Summit Entertainment, the producers of the [[Twilight (film)|Twilight film]], officially announced that they would move forward with the production of the second installment in the saga, ''New Moon''.<ref>http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight_movie.html</ref> This announcement came after the first film's early success at the box office. [[Stephenie Meyer]] stated that she is very happy to be able to continue working with Summit on the production of the saga. The majority of the original cast have signed on for the sequel, which will star Logan[[Kristen Stewart| ]]Lerman, [[Robert Pattinson]], [[Taylor Lautner]], and [[Ashley Greene]]. [[Chris Weitz]] is directing the film, replacing [[Catherine Hardwicke]] who could not return to direct ''New Moon'' due to time restraints. Summit released ''New Moon'' on November 20, 2009.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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"Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight—a lunar eclipse, a new moon. A new moon. I shivered, though I wasn't cold."
Beau Swan

New Moon is a young adult fantasy/romance novel by Stephenie Meyer. It is the second novel in the Twilight Saga and was published in hardcover in 2006.

Plot summary

In the beginning of the book, Beau is upset because it's his birthday and it will make him older than the "forever" 17 year old Edward Cullen. Much to his dismay, the Cullen family throws him a birthday party. He, then, receives a present from Alice and Edward, a CD with Beau's lullaby on it. At the birthday party, Beau gets a paper cut when opening a present and then Jasper Hale tries to attack him which then leads to him being accidentally smashed into a mess of glass that cuts deeply into his arm, Carlisle ends up giving Beau stitches. Even though Jasper does not harm Beau because the rest of the Cullen's manage to restrain him, the encounter shakes Edward. This reminds Edward of the danger he puts Beau in because of their relationship.

After the party, Beau begins to sense that something is amiss. First Edward is being unresponsive and sulky, then Alice suddenly stops showing up for school. At last, when Beau plans to find out what is happening, Edward meets him after school and takes him into the woods by his house. There Edward tells him that his family has already left Forks, citing that people have noticed that Carlisle is not aging. This shocks Beau, as he realizes that Alice is gone, but even worse is when Edward declares that he is leaving too and that he cannot follow. He does this by telling Beau he no longer loves him, leaving him heartbroken. As soon as he leaves, Beau enters a deep depression that lasts for months, becoming a kind of a zombie with no friends and no life. Beau likens the experience to having a hole in his chest, which flares and throbs at the slightest reminder of Edward. He is plagued by incessant nightmares, and becomes detached from the world altogether. He feels this way not only because he has lost his true love, but because his disappearance has triggered the irrational thought that he never existed in Beau's life.

As his condition gradually worsens, Charlie begins to worry. When his father threatens to send him to live with his mother, he seeks comfort with Jacob Black, an old family friend who helps Beau's pain. Beau soon discovers that rushes of adrenaline in his system yield hallucinations of Edward's voice. Desperate to hear him, he purposely places himself in dangerous situations. He rides a motorcycle and even approaches strange men in Port Angeles. It is through Jacob that he is taught how to ride a motorcycle, and the two bond overtime. Beau soon realizes that Jacob has deep feelings for him, and while he feels he cannot return them, he does not stop him because he depends on his company.

As their relationship flourishes, word soon spreads of disappearances in the woods, with the blame placed on sightings of a large bear. Charlie is alerted to this, and warns Beau to stay clear of the forest. But Beau disregards his words when he attempts to find the meadow that Edward took him to once. Beau ventures deep into the woods and finds the meadow, but the reminder only upsets him. But he is suddenly encountered by Laurent, an old member of James' coven. He is surprised to find him alone, having visited the empty Cullen house recently. When Beau asks why he is around, Laurent reveals that he came on an errand for Victoria. It turns out that Victoria has decided to avenge her fallen mate by killing Beau; a mate for a mate, so that Edward will be grief-stricken. Beau is horrified, but Laurent tells him that he is thirsty and plans to kill him himself, insisting that he shall make his death less painful compared the torture Victoria plans for him.

They are interrupted however by the arrival of the "bear", only it turns out to be a large wolf. Not just one wolf, but at least five of them. To Beau's surprise, not only does Laurent run from the sight of them, but the wolves completely ignore Beau and give chase. A shocked Beau quickly escapes the forest and returns home and tells his father what he saw. He becomes paranoid, fearing that Laurent will tell Victoria that the Cullens are not around to protect Beau, and that Victoria will eventually find him.

Aside from this, his condition improves seemingly, though he still feels the pain in his chest. When Jacob suddenly stops seeing him, Beau panics and confronts him. Jacob has become part of a gang lead by Sam Uley, who rescued Beau the night he was lost in the woods. Jacob tells him that he cannot see him anymore, and seems aware that the Cullens are vampires. But later that night Jacob comes to Beau's house, apologizes and tries to give him a hint about what has happened to him. After he leaves, Beau recalls an old story about the Quilette Werewolves, part of Jacob's tribal heritage.

Beau soon finds out that Jacob is a werewolf, a secret that had always been in his family's genetics but reveals itself only when vampires, the werewolves' natural enemies, are around. It is a secret he is forced to keep from Beau at first, but he eventually finds a way around it, making Beau guess what he is. As soon as Beau figures it out, Jacob reveals as much as he can without betraying his pack. Beau and Jacob begin to spend more and more time together. He reveals that Laurent was killed after they chased him from the meadow, but the "redhead" vampire is still at large. Beau realizes that it is Victoria, still trying to kill him. Jacob and his pack then decide to protect Beau as best they can.

Needing another dose of adrenaline, Beau wants to try cliff-jumping, a recreational activity, participated in by Jacob's friends, but Jacob tells him it is not safe by himself and cannot find time to take him, since he and the other werewolves are busy protecting the town against Victoria. However, Beau grows tired of waiting for Jacob. He jumps and gets caught in a riptide in the water. After a few minutes, Jacob rescues him and brings him to safety. When they return to Jacob's house, they learn that Charlie's friend, Harry Clearwater, has passed away because of a heart attack.

Beau's cliff dive sets off a series of unprecedented events. At the same time of his cliff dive, Alice, Edward's "sister" who has visions of the future, foresees Beau jumping to his apparent death. However, werewolves are invisible to her foresight, and she does not see Jacob rescuing Beau. Presuming Beau is dead, Alice rushes to Forks to check on Charlie. When Alice gets there, she finds Beau alive and well. Beau is thrilled to see her again, and he explains that was not committing suicide. For a time Alice stays at Beau's house, an arrangement which Charlie is happy to accept. But when Alice and Charlie are speaking alone, Charlie confesses how tough it has been for both of them. He fears that he will never recover, even with Jacob around, and he clearly vents his anger to Alice that Edward is responsible. However Charlie is happy to have her around.

But Royal, not knowing the truth, called Edward to tell him that Beau is dead. Edward wants to see if it is actually true by calling at Beau's home. When Edward calls, Jacob answers the phone, however, and informs Edward, who is impersonating Carlisle Cullen, that Charlie is at the funeral, referring to Harry, but Edward draws the conclusion that it is Beau's funeral. Having lost the will to exist as immortal, Edward flees to Italy to see the Volturi (peace-keeping vampires who would be able to kill Edward if he broke the vampire laws) thus granting him leave of a world without Beau. Alice foresees this however, and in a panic she and Beau hasten to stop him.

Beau and Alice rush to Italy to stop Edward. Beau stops Edward from stepping into the sunlight by running with all his energy to save him, he is happy to see Beau and know he is alive. He states you didn't have to feel guilty or anything, I can let you go now. He states you'll never have to let go. The reason why Edward decided to reveal himself is because Aro refused to kill him at first so he tries to break the law by an act that would have revealed the existence of vampires and invoked the wrath of the Volturi. Instead, all three of them are brought before the Volturi for judgment. Aro, the most exuberant of the Volturi and their overall leader, is very curious about Beau and his power to block Edward's mind reading. So he sets up tests for him, and finds out that neither he nor Jane can affect him. Intriguied, Aro asks if he wants to join the Volturi when he is a vampire, but he refuses. One of the leaders, Caius, states that Edward has still broken the law by revealing the vampire world to a human, violating the one rule of keeping the existence of vampires a secret. Therefore, they decree that Beau must be killed because he knows too much about vampires. Aro however says that Beau may still live if Edward will turn him into a vampire himself. They are saved when Alice shows Aro a vision of the future. Aro, who can also read minds, sees Beau becoming a Vampire and is satisfied. The three are free to leave on one condition: Beau must be turned into a vampire, and soon.

When they all return to Forks, Beau wakes up to see Edward and believes he had drowned or is dreaming and starts going into hysterics. Edward tells him what he was doing before he heard about him dying, that he left to try and protect him because, in spite of his words, he still loves him deeply. But he still believes that he is a dream. He finally manages to make him believe he is real by kissing him. He also explains that he will never leave him again. He is happy to have him back, but he upsets him when he says that he won't damn his soul by turning him into a vampire. Beau knows that he must become a vampire, knowing that the Volturi are incredibly powerful and will surely punish them for breaking their deal. He then tells him that he is going to ask his family to vote on the matter. Everybody says yes to him being a vampire except Edward and Royal, with the latter only voting no because he himself resents the life of a vampire and feels obliged to at least vote otherwise. Edward is angry at his family, but Carlisle himself will not risk Edward running off to the Volturi if Beau dies as a mortal. Edward takes Beau home, and tells Beau that he will turn him himself after he marries him. Beau is subsequently healed from his psychological wounds, and his life begins anew.

The book ends with Beau being grounded for leaving Forks without permission. Because he hadn't gone to La Push in a while, Jacob thinks that Edward was keeping Beau away, so he drops off the motorcycles at his house, which makes Charlie furious. When Beau and Edward come back and find this out, Jacob confronts them. Beau explains that he didn't go to see him because he was grounded before, and Jacob (who thinks Edward plans to change Beau into a vampire) reminds Edward that if he or any of his family bites a human, their treaty with the werewolves will be broken. Jacob is shocked when Beau reacts angrily toward this revelation, and realizes that Beau wants to become a vampire. He leaves looking hurt and angry, and Beau gets the feeling that he now counts him among his enemies. The novel ends with Beau contemplating all the problems that he has: Victoria, Jacob's mistrust, the Volturi, and the threat of a war with the werewolves. If he does not become a vampire the Volturi will kill him, but if he is transformed then the werewolf pack will attempt to do the same.

Cover and title significance

New Moon book cover (second)

The second edition book cover featuring the cast of the film adaption.

Stephenie Meyer has stated that the red and white ruffled tulip on the cover of New Moon has no significance to the story, as she had no part in choosing its design.[2] However, fans suggest theories like the "flower is drooping because Edward and Beau's love is failing," and "the white and red represents Beau adjusting to vampire life," and "like the falling petal of the flower, Beau is also falling into a deep depression."

The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest period of Beau's life when he doesn't have true love. Stephenie Meyer has stated that it has absolutely nothing to do with werewolves.[2]

Awards and nominations

New Moon rose to the #1 position on the New York Times Bestseller List for Children's Chapter Books in its second week on the list, and remained in that spot for 11 weeks. It spent over 30 weeks in total on the list.

Film adaptation

Main article: New Moon (film)
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On November 22, 2008, Summit Entertainment, the producers of the Twilight film, officially announced that they would move forward with the production of the second installment in the saga, New Moon.[3] This announcement came after the first film's early success at the box office. Stephenie Meyer stated that she is very happy to be able to continue working with Summit on the production of the saga. The majority of the original cast have signed on for the sequel, which will star Logan Lerman, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Ashley Greene. Chris Weitz is directing the film, replacing Catherine Hardwicke who could not return to direct New Moon due to time restraints. Summit released New Moon on November 20, 2009.

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