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Reading New Moon: Chapter 11 (Cult)

August 19th, 2008 at 12:03 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Like A Knife by Secondhand Serenade (suggested by Julia)

Most of you have probably noticed by now that this week is a bit crooked, and I’m posting on Tuesday when I should have posted on Monday. This is due to the fact that I turned my book edits in yesterday (something I’ve very glad to have finished). Hopefully by posting today I’m not further messing with someone else’s scheduled clocks, and making everyone think it is Friday when it is actually Tuesday (a frightening realization). On to chapter the eleventh!

I had a feeling that Sam Uley was behind all of this. In fact, I pretty much knew it. He has been acting odd for a while, and I always found it interesting that he turned up in Bella’s dreams so many times so far. I also notice that anytime there is trouble, his name seems to pop up. In Twilight, I know better than to believe in coincidences. I find it even more foreboding that Sam is so highly respected amongst Billy and Charlie: it all fits together to be the perfect leader for something that isn’t right.

Most readers like me, who have entered late into the Twilight Saga, will have been spoiled at least somewhat by now: but even without it, I know already that there is something big going on with the wolves, and the strange disappearances of people. What I am not sure of is if the disappearances are really from the wolves, or if it is something else? I honestly don’t know for sure, so I’m waiting to find out. Seeing Laurent in the woods got me to wondering if it really is the wolves that are attacking the people, or rather Laurent and Victoria?

You knew it was coming after this line:

I was going to talk to Jacob– Kidnap him if I had to. I’d once seen a PBS show on deprogramming the brainwashed.

A Forks Special Broadcast

Quil has a very interesting story to tell about Jacob, and I find it curious how quickly Jacob changed to Sam’s side. It really has become like a brainwashing. In just a few chapters before, he didn’t like Sam very much at all, and he knew that something was not right with Sam’s followers. Now, Jacob has suddenly joined with him, and Bella can’t even get him on the phone anymore.

The most frightening part of Bella’s meeting with Jacob is when Jacob turns to look at Sam, as if he is completely under his control now, looking to him for the command of what to do next. Jacob can’t even talk to Bella without Sam’s permission. The strength of Sam’s grip on his followers is cult-like, just as Bella and Quil said.

The anger I later see in Jacob towards vampires is shocking, because as I remember, he didn’t exactly believe what his father had said about them in Twilight, just a few months before. Now, suddenly, he agrees fully, and holds to the beliefs with a viscious anger.

One thing I did notice, however, is that Jacob repeatedly tries to avoid telling Bella. Before I saw this, I had thought that Jacob was completely lost. But, because of this,and his attempt at keeping her in the dark as to the real problem, leads me to believe that despite whatever Sam has done to him, at least a part of him is still sane, and a part of him still has the ability to care for Bella. He doesn’t even want her a part of it– he wants her gone and away from whatever inner battles he is fighting. To me, that says there is still hope for Jacob to come back.

——NOTES——

- Posts will be oddly placed the next 2 weeks, due to college starting again on Friday. Wish me luck!

- I have a new chat room program up that is far better than the last one! I’ll be stopping in sometime next week, so go check it out!


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76 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Yay for uncovering perplexing conspiracies! Enjoy school. Enjoy the book.

  2. Meg (of the Moosetracks)

    Kaleb (k-god)…I don’t know if it’s just me, but the new and improved chat is down. No loadies. Just a big red x.

  3. Fer Flor

    Oh my, I laugh my ass off here with your comments… [well, I'm from Brazil...] “How to Deprogram the Brainwashed Show”? LMAOL I love Stephenie’s sense of humor! She’s amazing!

    Reading your comments makes me remember the great nights I’ve spent awaken reading it… Hum… good times.

    After reading “Breaking Dawn” and with the end of the series, I feel like holding my arms around my body trying not to let that empty hole break me in two.

    It’s good to remember that feeling… I hope you can enjoy the book without missing any “human’s experiences” like studying, working, eating, taking baths or even breathing… lol

    Keep the gob job, Kaleb. I’m counting on you. =)

  4. Elizabeth

    Good Luck Kaleb with school starting!!

  5. Grace

    Just want to say thanks for posting when we all know you’re buiser than President Bush. Well everyone’s busier than him ;)
    But anyways the book really takes a turn the next chapter, so enjoy!

  6. lesley

    I will just say that a lot of your thoughts are quite right!

  7. Katie ~

    I’d really love to see that show on how to deprogram the brainwashed. Wonder what would be in it, – I can see it now, “Perfect your technique at deprogramming the brainwashed” and “Get back at your friends for being put under the spell!” Ah, the humor in the Twilight Saga you find so easily, I’m sure Stephenie would be proud. New Moon, despite it being the darkest time in Bella’s life, hence the title, can still be funny at times. And of course, you can find humor in almost anything. Quite brilliant, I might add. Anyway, good luck with returning to college. All my cousins are griping about going back, and yet they’re at some of the best party schools in the country, so I don’t know how they can complain. One of them takes classes on how to grow grass at Penn State. (He’s getting a degree in golf management. Go figure.) I’d take that course any day rather than calculus! Hope your book is moving right along after your edits, and you don’t die of exhaustion anytime soon. ;) Thanks for all the great posts, Kaleb!

  8. Michelle

    Good job, Kaleb! I wish you look with college. I’m nervous about going to school, but everyone likes you (except maybe the guys that never learn). So have fun and keep reading.

  9. Rosalie

    I honestly can’t believe you haven’t been spoiled more than this. WOW, seriously, WOW. And trust me on this, considering your current theories I think you will be surprised. And also I have to ask…. If you were a girl Jacob or Edward???? This has been bugging me for a while. IDK why. And also who is your favorite girl in the book??

  10. Rosalie

    And good luck in school!!!!

  11. Michelle

    wish you luck**

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  13. AussiePattinsonLove

    I wish you hadnt been spoiled. It really sucks. I love the next chapter, its really good.

  14. DaddyBoJangles

    I tried to avoid spoilers at all cost and I was really surprised with how this one turned out. Im almost finished with New Moon and working my towards Eclipse(which I heard was the worst in the series) Can anyone confirm or deny which is the worst book in the twilight saga without giving anything away?

  15. Caitlin

    Yet another wonderful post by everyone’s favorite Twilight reader. ;) This is one of my favorite parts in New Moon, because it’s a real turning point in Jacob and Bella’s relationship. I’m not going to ruin anything for you (I’m actually really surprised you haven’t been “ruined” any more than you already are … or maybe you’re just not posting everything you know, lol), but the next chapter, Intruder, is when everything starts making sense.

  16. Monica

    Hooray for college! I hope you find some time to relax. And I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the next chapter.

  17. angela

    I’m rereading New Moon again after a long time, and I’m like up to chapter 12. It’s really good, and like someone mentioned, everything (or most of it) would make sense once you read it. Again, you are always observant, so some of your theories are bound to have some truth in it.

    oh, and Good luck as well! =)

    p.s. my sister is the slowest reader i know. so compared to you, you’re not slow in reading at all. haha just felt like saying that.

  18. Sarah

    You’re really observant XD Thats a really good quality to have while reading Twilight :D I’ve caught some things when I was reading the books that my friends never did ^-^

    And really good song choice!

  19. priyanka

    OMC!!!! isn’t it obvious whats going on with jake? *bangs head on key board* think kaleb, think!! although, you’ll find out soon enough….

  20. Debra

    Great post, love the deprogramming the brainwashed show thing, lol. Really good song for the chapter too. Good luck back at school. No slouching off because of us ok, you need to get those good grades.

    Oh, DaddyBoJangles, who told you Eclipse was the worst book in the series? Were they team Jacob? Because it’s almost my favorite (after Twilight), I don’t think there is a worst in the series because I love them all.

  21. DaddyBoJangles

    @Debra thanks for the response, Im glad to hear someone liked it, and yeah the person liked Jacob.

    Which I like Jacob to, as Bellas friend nothing more. Edward is awesome and his and Bella’s relationship is the reason I keep on reading. Only 2 chapters left of New Moon now..

  22. Michaela M

    Yeah, I think that one of the funnier lines in the chapter was about the brainwashed thing.
    . . . Oh, and right around this part in the book I wanted to shove Jacob into a bucket and beat him with a stick.

  23. Kathy

    Good luck with classes starting…I’m back to the crazy life called college on Monday.

  24. Christy

    Haha i still can’t wait till you figure out what’s going on. Almost there!! xD

    Oh and good luck on college! I start school tomorrow. xP High School sucks.

  25. Savannah

    Haha I love the fact that almost everyone here has read the series and watching you trying to figure it out! You are VERY VERY smart. When i was reading i didn’t think about foreshadowing or anything like that, i just read. haha but you are a great guy. keep up the good work!

  26. Alli

    Ooooh!!!! You’re SO CLOSE!!!! Hurry up! I can’t comment on any aspect of this post without it being a spoiler

  27. Shar

    So I found this site like… an hour ago maybe? and you’re like my fav person in the world right now! I’ve read all your posts about the books, and let me tell you, I adore you! I adore this saga (I’ve already read it so it’s like enjoying your ride through it) and to find a guy who reads it to find out what’s so good about it, is genius!

    Even though I can’t comment on anything here without the inner fangirl screaming spoilers,(boy you are observant, though!!! lol), I just wanted to tell you I ADORE you Kaleb, and your site has just come up to be one of my favorites!

    Shar
    xoxoxo

  28. JanetH

    Kaleb,
    Will we need to download new software for the new chatroom? Don’t make it too difficult for us Twilight Moms who might not be as computer proficient as you are!

    janet
    (a Twilight Mom)

  29. Shannon B

    The next chapter is absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to see what you make of it.

    Are you planning on seeing the twilight movie when it comes out, and maybe writing a post of it? I would love it if you did….

    Good luck with school!

  30. Fallow

    I actually just discovered a Twilight Guy right under my nose this morning, and he’s reading Twilight for the second time. Wow, I’ve been unobservant XD I’ll see if I can persuade him to mosey over hear and try to get a shirt. I’d probably steal it from him. But anyways, best of luck to you with school! I just started the 11th grade on Monday (yick). I can’t wait to see your book on shelves!

  31. Christina

    Haha! I love the TV show thing. That’s hilarious. I’m still trying to figure out how Bella saw that when she never watches TV…what are the odds that the one time per year you turn on the TV you’ll come across something so useful? =D

    This is the part where I start getting mad at Jacob. Grrr. It makes me laugh that you haven’t figured everything out yet though, especially since you are so new to this and there must be people online talking about things that would give you a clue…but I’m going to stop now before I give something away. Lol! oh well, just keep reading… =D

  32. Elise

    lol, ur SO funny, but it’ll get interesting in the next chapter. And he WAS thinking about bella, throught the rest of the book and Eclipse that’s like all he thinks about.

  33. Becky

    and so the plot thickens…

    also, a guy asked me if I’d read Breaking Dawn yesterday at school, don’t know how he knew I was a Twilighter- maybe he just assumed becuase I’m the bookish librian’s kid (total cliche, I know) and read almost anything in English that isn’t nailed down, lol
    I said I had and he said he hadn’t but that he had to get it becuase he loved the series! I almost offered to bring him a copy, but he walked off.
    And I saw a different guy with Eclipse today- not even trying to hide from being seen with a “girl’s book”, lol

    anyways, good luck at college!! My brother starts college next Monday :)

  34. Mary

    Ah, yes. PBS on how to deprogram the brain washed. Too bad I missed that one.

  35. Court

    yay! you finally got up a new post! it makes my day reading these blogs.
    :D
    2 weeks? what?
    oh well.

  36. Court

    yay! you finally got up a new post! it makes my day reading these blogs.
    :D
    2 weeks? what?
    oh well. GOOD LUCK WITH SCHOOL!

  37. Nicole

    Insightful as always Kaleb! Great luck to you in the next semester and with the book! :)

  38. Leah

    Hey Kaleb, ever get the feeling you missed out on some important hints while reading a book? ;)
    I won’t give away anything, but page 244 was quite the giveaway for future events.
    Happy reading ! :D looking forward to the next post!

  39. Alice Cullen

    You have no idea do you? Classic! I knew it was so hard to say bye to Edward in the book that killed me. Took me forever to read the book, but the ending is great and I can’t wait to see what team you end up on.

  40. Audree

    “The most frightening part of Bella’s meeting with Jacob is when Jacob turns to look at Sam, as if he is completely under his control now, looking to him for the command of what to do next.”

    You have no idea how literal this statement is! Haha, keep reading. It will all make sense soon.

  41. Christina

    haha i like reading your posts and remembering what it was like to be so out of the loop. i mean..you have the right idea…just wait til you find everything out.

  42. Kristin Cullen

    hey congrats on turning in your edits! good luck on friday ^_^

  43. :: emily ::

    yay! i’m glad you got your book done :]]
    and good luck with school :]

  44. Kayla

    Kaleb~

    Your ideas are awesome but you have it wrong on the whole Jacob secret thing. He can’t tell Bella because it’s not really his secret to tell and he says that somewhere in that chapter. I never had thought of it you way though. Good thinking.

  45. Sarah

    Ah, I’m so glad you still have hope for Jacob! A lot of people gave up on him when he joined with Sam. I can’t believe you’re so close!!!! We’ve been waiting so long and you’ll finally know the big “secret!” Ah, I’m so excited! And good luck with school!

  46. Athena of Forks

    Wow, you’re starting school two days after me! Anyway, good luck, Kaleb!

  47. Darcus

    Good luck with going back to school. :D

    Yesterday was my first day of college and already I have no time for anything.

    Sad, sad, reality.

  48. Jayson

    Hmm…am I like the only other guy on here? Just wanted to say good luck with school, Kaleb! And don’t let silly college get in the way of your blogs and hysterically funny videos! (Just kidding ;) )

  49. Iya

    Well, I’m not a “twilighter” or however they call it, but I am enjoying the book just like you… and i’m on the 3rd book now. Once you start reading it, it’ll get to your system. And you’ll crave for more… Hahaha! happy reading!

  50. Jessie

    Muahahaha. You’re so close.

    I can’t wait.

  51. Katie Beth

    Actually that happened to me once a semester or two ago. I was really freaking out about having all these assignments due, and then a friend gently reminded me that it was only Wednesday. Oh yeah. Intuitively, I KNEW it was only Wednesday, but I kept feeling like it was Friday. :-P And I did get them all in on time. Go figure.

    I don’t want to say anything for fear of spoilering you! (Spoilering > spoiling here) You’re doing well though. :-D

    Enjoy your semester! Mine started yesterday.

  52. Tiera

    i’m glad you’re finding these mysteries interesting… i know i did. i start school nexk week, good luck.

  53. Stephanie K.

    Okay… It’s better for me when you actually tell us that you’re not posting on Monday. I always forget to check late Sunday night, so when I get on on Monday morning, I’m still out of it and it completely surprises me that you posted! I’m not a morning person. lol

    Do you read the chapters more than once? How on EARTH can you notice so much stuff while being eaten alive by the Twilight world? I know that when I read, even though I have read the entire series multiple times, I still can’t concentrate until after reading. It’s like the world around me doesn’t exsist until after I’m done. lol :)

  54. Lu

    Good luck with school, Kaleb.

  55. Kassandra

    Good Luck!
    I’m glad that you are enjoying New Moon :)

  56. Julie

    I can’t get onto the new chat!! =[

  57. FabGab49

    I know something you don’t know, Ha ha, Ha Ha, ha ha!

    I can’t believe you haven’t figured it out yet, though. :O The pieces are all there, put together the puzzle. Only a chapter or so to go!!! ^^

  58. Lauren

    Good entry Kaleb! You’ll understand everything a bit better in the next chapter..like everyone above has been saying!! Can’t wait to hear your take on chapter 12!!

    Good Luck in college! :D

    P.S.. The chat isn’t working..the page won’t fully load or something.

  59. Katie ~

    Has anyone been able to successfully enter the new chatroom?!?

  60. Steph

    Something I noticed is the way Bella’s dreams are ALWAYS trying to tell her something. It’s annoying really…

  61. spookybell

    sam uley – I never like him, but his character does develop. a lot of people don’t mind him at all. You spotted how odd he was hern He found Bella, just like me. We both know… something smelled fishy

  62. Bay

    I love the twilight series i am on New moon and it is really sad. can u tell PMS yah ik

  63. Bay

    I love twilight they are awesome :)

  64. Savannah

    hey you got a mention on yahoo answers!! http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AkJN2cQHfIpfr.hGUjAkgjrty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090112130043AA12Csa&show=7#profile-info-nE8l5B3jaa

  65. Tori Schmitz

    you mentioned Bellas dreams and what i found evenin the first one is that her dreams seem to have foreboding quality almost premonitions(alice seeing the future) Edwards departure, Jake and Edward together, everything comes true as decisons are set, edward set against changing her her dreams of growing old… just one of my observations

  66. emo_alice

    This is very interesting….I was hoping I was going to get to see the chapt. but this ifound very interesting……

  67. emo_alice

    I’m so happy you have hope 4 Jacob Black still! Even when he cut off his bueatiful black satin hair! Sam makes me so mad…..that I could spit! But I wont! Thx for havin faith in him!!

  68. alana

    i've read new moon 3 times so good luck cause its great!

  69. Cat

    I was wondering: with the past few chapters (5 till 11 actually), why hasn't anyone picked up on the fact that Bella seems to have a very similar stance towards Jake's love for her now – as Edward did towards her love for hím in Twilight?

    Especially after the encounter with Laurent and her not yet figuring out about the wolves: she feels like she's unnecessarily endangering Jacob (on top of her other loved ones, her family), that it would be in his best interest to cut off the whole friendship/romancing stuff. Feeling extremely (overly) responsible for it, as if she was leading him on, putting a spell on him, while Jacob inquired about her feelings very directly at the cinema – and thus taking his own part in staying close to her despite her official rejection.
    And then there were all those analogies about Jacob being her sedative, her addiction, her drug – just like Edward called Bella his personal brand of heroin in Twilight… Both Edward and Bella (then and now) are trying to quench a thirst, a craving, a natural drive to stay 'alive'.

    In addition to her own ever continuing draw towards Edward, I think, unconsciously and especially through his current absence, she's learning an invaluable amount more about Edwards' character and his take on 'life', be it alive or 'undead'. It all started with Carlisle's explanation on Edward's 'soullessness'-theory, just before his leaving.

  70. Xime85

    I know Im way late with the reply but I'm new to Kaleb's site so I'm going back to the beginning.

    To me the worst book in the saga is Breaking Dawn, I actually never read it until about 4 months ago while I was at a friend's house and we were feeling a lack of “closure” towards the saga because we never read the last book (cause we heard it sucked) so we decided to head to Barnes and Noble and buy two copies.
    Big mistake.
    Although I enjoyed learning about what happened after Eclipse I couldn't help but feel dissapointed about the new central character to the book….Renesmee…the way Bella glorified this “child” and was so crazy about it and about protecting it even if it meant the end of her own life was a big let down for me.
    I think we all fell in love with the books because of the characters, mainly Bella and Edward as a couple that to bring someone else into it was just a recipe for disaster.
    The way this “child” had taken over the whole family AND Jacob was irritating and it made it feel like Edward and Bella weren't important anymore now it was aaaaall about Renesmee. Kind of like some parents are about their kids where they can't talk about any subject other than their children, almost as if they didn't have children they wouldn't have a personality or anything to talk about.
    This book made me look at Edward and Bella in a different light. Made me wish the story was still about their love and about Bella's new life as a vampire. I think their “child” should have stayed out of the picture.
    Bella and Edward's relationship was great without it, more interesting, more intriguing, more exciting,more relateable, more about them two.
    And as we all know….
    If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It
    just my thoughts

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  72. neonstar

    haha, deprograming the brainwashed one line I will never forget. another one of those lines “did you just stamp your foot? I thought only girls on TV did that!” oh where would we be with out you jacob. personally this chapter I almost cried… I loved jacob he's so playful and sweet and then he just like when on total werewolf time of the month… it was quite sad and I enjoyed him so much :(

  73. alexandriawagner

    as i did when edward left bella , i cried when jacob left bella and hurt her and her feelings :( i think i cried in new moon more than in anyother twilight book i couldnt believe what happened to jacob… but now its not so bad (i have finished the series)

  74. alexandriawagner

    as i did when edward left bella , i cried when jacob left bella and hurt her and her feelings :( i think i cried in new moon more than in anyother twilight book i couldnt believe what happened to jacob… but now its not so bad (i have finished the series)

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