Book Reviews, Fantasy, Five Stars, Series, Supernatural, Vampires and Other Creatures, Young Adult

Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5)

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Published by Little, Brown on August 4, 2020

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 658

My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where’s the GIF of Sirius Black from Harry Potter when you need it? Twelve years I’ve waited for this and I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t think I’d ever see the day. I waited so long to march into that bookstore and pick up my copy of Midnight Sun. Back when it was just a draft and 200 pages long, I contemplated printing it and making my own copy to complete the series, but I never did and at last I have a beautiful hardcover copy.

First I’d like to say this review is for the fans. For people like me who started this series when we were young and it carried us through the adolescent years. I’ve mentioned this before and it’s worth mentioning again: Twilight is one of the most important books I’ve read. Not because it gave me insight to injustice or empowered me to want to make change in the world like To Kill a Mockingbird or Things Fall Apart did. Not because it’s a classic novel that makes me see the world differently as books like The Great Gatsby does others. No, it’s the most important book I’ve read because not only did it bridge my reading from children’s books to full-length novels, but it cemented my love for reading. It was so important to my younger-self and set me on a path that got me where I am today. I wouldn’t have read nearly as many books as I have and I wouldn’t have the love and passion for books and publishing as I do without that fateful Christmas Eve when I got Twilight as a gift. And promptly devoured it within days. Whether you like the book or hate it, Twilight was integral to the publishing world and a new generation of readers. Myself included. It was the first series I collected from start to finish in its entirety. It always has had and always will have a special place in my heart and my bookshelf.

Now that that’s over with… the review I’ve been waiting years to write.

Since the first 250 pages or so of Midnight Sun had been released on Stephenie Meyer’s website in 2008 I have read it over several times. It’s been at least five years since I last read the draft so I can’t remember if there was new information in this final edition or not. Some things felt new. Direct references to the cover art and some new fleshed out details. It was also so surreal to read it on paper and not on my phone in PDF format. That excitement took me about 100 pages or so to get over.

Edward’s POV has always been more intriguing and exciting to me. Something about getting his insight and knowing exactly how much he can wallow and brood (a lot. A lot. Our broody lil man) that has always brought a new element of excitement to the series I’ve read more times than I can count. It also brings to light his thought processes to some of the widely criticized parts of the book — namely, Edward watching Bella sleep. Not saying that was a good example or brilliant idea on his part….but, he’s a vampire. I’ve watched enough Vampire Diaries to know that it’s not exactly the worst thing he could’ve ever done. But it is all completely fictional so the argument is moot.

Midnight Sun also brought a plethora of new information to the table that we never got in the original books. We learned so much about the other’s abilities more intimately than before. I feel well acquainted with Alice’s power to see the future since Edward could read her mind and view them as she did. We also got to know the Cullen family in a different way since we saw how they were P.B. — pre-Bella. I loved the peek behind the curtains. How their lives worked. How they all worked together. The family dynamics. How living with so many people with such powers worked. I don’t think I’d get used to having someone know all my thoughts and another be able to predict all my actions.

Once I got to where the draft ended was where the real excitement began. For years I’ve been dying to read the Meadow Scene in Edward’s POV. Needing to know what was going through his head. I almost wish I had re-read Twilight in anticipation. It has been nearly eight years since I last read the original so I couldn’t really remember Bella’s thoughts as well I used to. Still, the Meadow was a pivotal point in the book and he was so quiet the whole time I wanted to know everything he was thinking. The wait did pay off. Then my next most anticipated part: The Hunt. I was dying to know how Edward was going to feel when he left Bella. I’ve always wanted to know what he was doing when she was sitting at that hotel room in Phoenix. Then the ballet studio…just all of it had me jumping in excitement for finally knowing how it all went down on Edward’s side.

I think we all know where this is leading. I need the rest of the books in Edward’s POV. The general public will hate it, but I would absolutely love it. It’s something I need. I want to know about his time in New Moon. I want to know Eclipse. I want to know Breaking Dawn. We don’t have to have the middle portion (Jacob’s POV was enough to know Edward’s pain). I want the end I want to know how he felt when she was first a vampire. Those 3 days she was under. I would be so happy with a collection of Edward’s POV. Stephenie Meyer. Please.

Edward’s vision of Bella was so interesting. He found her so plain then intriguing then fragile then as the most important thing in his life yet still wondering how she ever made it this far in life. It had me laughing so hard.

Through all of Edward’s brooding and wallowing I saw clearly for the first time how we got to New Moon. How the events were lined up to fall like dominoes for a long time. In fact, last night I dreamt of New Moon in Edward’s POV. It started to fill in the gaps. My brain also did this after I read You so I’m not sure if this is a pattern that will start emerging when I finish books at 2 am.

Midnight Sun brought so many details and events into focus. I understand the story in a totally new way. A book written for the fans gave me a bigger gift than I expected. I hope Edward refuses to get out of her head again. I do mean it when I say I want more.

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