Review

Review – Midnight Sun

Title: Midnight Sun

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?


INITIAL THOUGHTS

First of all.

What.a.beast.of.a.book!!

Who knew Edward had SO many thoughts in his head, especially when you look at the fact that Twilight was only half as big. Then again he is a guy so maybe that has something to do with it..
But when you think about it, it actually makes very good sense. Edward rethinks everything. He has to look at every conceivable outcome of his actions, especially when it comes to Bella.
But hey, it took time to get through (just under 1 month) and I think the first half was the toughest. But when we reached the famous baseball scene and things picked up speed, it went by quickly and then the book was over.

I tried as best I could to distance the book from the film. Of course it was easier to visualise the surroundings, but in relation to the characters (here I am thinking especially Bella) I tried to think away from the portrayal of the actor (which in most cases were awkward) and created a new image, especially of Bella based on what Edward told about her.

THE CHARACTERS

Edward Cullen is really being assessed from head to toe. We get under the skin of the otherwise mysterious vampire and find out the reasons for his actions from Twilight that we did not get an answer to in the first place. We get to know his motivations and drive and how much he fought with himself in the beginning – that is, when he almost sets out to plan the murder of all his classmates after smelling Bella for the first time 😨 Well okay, Edward. I’m so glad no one can hear your thoughts!

But I must also mention Alice as an amazing character. It is quite a roller coaster ride to follow her vision and watch whole scenarios unfold and then keep in mind that it is only a possible future, all the while the outside world continues unabated.

In addition, it’s cool to hear more about the Cullen family’s background and how they found each other.

MIDNIGHT SUN VS TWILIGHT

We cannot completely get around it – because I have to compare Midnight Sun with Twilight. These are two sides of the same coin and yet they are vastly different. However, I still think that if I have to reread the first part of the story, it will be enough with Bella as the main character. Her thoughts are just so much simpler and of course human that I’m not tempted to give up half way through.

But now we (those who have read the book) know all the things that happened that Bella was not present at. Again especially after the baseball scene and the whole hunt for James were quite exciting. Throw in a wild drive through the streets of Phoenix and Alice’s spectacular set-up at the hotel after Bella gets hurt and we have a great second half. These were definitely some of my favourite parts to read about.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Midnight Sun is a long book, maybe a little too long. I think it would have been just as good 300 pages shorter. But the last half was really exciting and I could feel that I was reading faster and was more keen to get wiser to what they had done towards the end. I have been able to read online that Meyer does not want to write more books from Edward’s point of view (however, New Moon could be interesting because he is virtually not present), but that she plans to write more from others’ points of view, but who that is, I don’t know.


Have you read Midnight Sun?
What did you think of it?

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