February 21, 2022

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: August 4, 2020 (Original Release) + February 1, 2022 (Paperback Release)
Format: Audiobook (library)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


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Edward Cullen has always had a direct line into others’ thoughts. Now, readers get a direct line into his with Midnight Sun, which is his perspective on the events of Twilight. It’s been years since I read the books, so it was nice to come into Midnight Sun with near-fresh eyes. It never felt like I was rereading Twilight; despite the events being mostly the same, it felt like a completely new book (which I wanted to recognize because a lot of people are not big fans of re-reads).

I appreciated the insight that Edward’s perspective imparted, especially with the benefit of his telepathic gift. One of my favorite scenes was where he was listening to Billy Black’s thoughts, as it provided more depth to the feud between the wolves and the vampires than what Bella knew and/or saw. Billy Black never registered as a major player in my mind in the feud with the Cullens, since his grandfather Ephraim negotiated the original treaty and his son was the next in the family to shift. However, after hearing his thoughts it is quite clear that Billy knows exactly what the Cullens are and is not a fan of them hanging around the Swan family.

In addition to Billy, Edward’s telepathic gift provided insight into a lot of other characters. I feel like I learned more about Jasper in this book than I learned in the original four books. And the cat and mouse game between James, Victoria, and the Cullen coven was heart-pounding - Midnight Sun offered so many more details that made things clearer for me than they were in Twilight.

If you loved the original Twilight books, then you should definitely read Midnight Sun. I think it would be equally suitable for someone who hasn’t read the original series, as the author does a good job of explaining everything that’s going on. I do recommend checking out the audiobook if you have a chance. It’s definitely on the longer side at 26 hours or so, but Jake Abel does a fantastic job narrating.

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer is the author of the bestselling Twilight series, The Host, and The ChemistTwilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an Amazon.com "Best Book of the Decade So Far," and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons.

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