Review: Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

I feel like a lot of us in the book community have a connection to the Twilight series. For me, they’re the books that got me back into reading for fun. I loved the feeling of getting swept up in a story, shipping a couple (#TeamEdward), and having to immediately go out and buy the next book because I had to know what would happen next. I’ve been chasing that experience ever since. Just as I loved the books, I would read – and re-read – the leaked partial draft of Midnight Sun that Meyer posted on her website. I spent years hoping she would finish and publish it. As time went on, though, my hope for it waned, as did my love for the series. I went on to read a lot of other books, many with a greater quality of writing and plot, but the series will always have a special place in my heart. And I was unbelievably excited when Midnight Sun was announced. So, did it live up to years of hopes and expectations? Not really. But I did go into it expecting that it wouldn’t, so it ended up being a mostly enjoyable reading experience. I’m just going to share a few thoughts here.

-It’s a long book. Well over 600 pages. And the chapters are also pretty long. It took me several days more to read it than I had expected and it dragged at times.

-It also took awhile to reach a part of the story that I hadn’t read before. It kind of felt like nothing was added to – or improved upon – that first draft that was leaked all those years ago. I will say it’s been a long time since I read it, though, so there might have been more changes than I remembered. Once I got past where the leaked draft ended, I started to enjoy it more.

-What I appreciated the most was getting more details of Edward’s history, as well as the other Cullens. Things that are just mentioned briefly in the original books are given a little more details and context. I was glad there were still things to learn and it wasn’t just a straight rehash.

-I enjoyed Edward’s POV. Though it was a little repetitive at times, I liked getting to be in his head and seeing the thoughts behind his actions. I also really liked being able to hear all the thoughts of the characters around him. It allowed for more depth than you usually get in a first person narrative.

-Reading it made me want to watch the movies again, so I ended up binging the whole series. I had forgotten how truly awful those movies are. And how truly beautiful Robert Pattinson is…

-The odd cover is given context. I don’t really know my Greek mythology, but it has to do with Persephone tying herself to the underworld (which is how Edward thinks of Bella’s attachment to him).

Overall, I did enjoy reading Midnight Sun. It was a little too long and didn’t quite live up to my expectations from years ago, but I’m glad that it was finally published and I’m glad I read it. It made me nostalgic for that time when I first started the series and fell in love with reading again. If Meyer decides to write the rest of the series through Edward’s POV, I would read those, too.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

27 thoughts on “Review: Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer

  1. Hi Stephanie – I just read about Meyer’s new book in the paper today – glad to see your review! I read the first couple Twilight books but then I kind of lost interest. I’ve never watched the movies, but trust your judgement! I think it’s a good idea to show Edward’s POV but I would agree that it sounds too long for me. Thanks for reviewing and Happy Monday 😉

  2. I’m glad it was pretty much what you expected. I fo have to admit I cringed when you said if she writes the rest from his perspective. I kind of thought one and done. I haven’t started it yet. Probably later this week, so I’m glad I note know what to expect going in.

  3. I also read and reviewed this!! As a huge fan, I found it to be perfect and nostalgic. It was quite long, but I still enjoyed it. You did a great job summing it up!

  4. I think if this came out 11 years ago when it was supposed to I would be all over this. I remember reading the first draft and loving the new POV. Like you, I the Twilight Saga (minus Breaking Dawn) has a special place in my heart because it reminded me how much I love to read. But I don’t think I want to read it! I just have no interest in returning to that world and want to keep my fond memories of reading Twilight and then immediately rereading it the first time I got my hands on it 😛

    Also, thanks for clearing up the cover! Honestly, it’s so hideous to me! I couldn’t figure out what it was a picture of at first. It was a bit of a let down when I saw it—truly thought it was a joke!

    • I definitely understand where you’re coming from. Over the past couple years I’ve tried to re-read the series and could never make it past the first book, if that. I wanted Midnight Sun so much back then that there was no way I was Not reading it whenever it came out haha. After reading the book I understand why they chose the cover they did, but I definitely think they could’ve gone with something a little prettier.

  5. Insightful review Stephanie. Am one of those ppl who read all the books and also the draft in her website and of course watched the movies. I was wondering why Edward’s POV has to be written for 600 pages and that’s probably the only point I don’t wanna commit to reading this now.

  6. I’ve been waiting for someone to review this and I’m so glad to read one! I’m not letting myself buy it until I hand in my final university assignment this Friday and then I’m getting straight into it. I read the leaked short version years ago too, obsessing over the idea. I think I had a very similar experience to you; the Twilight series and the anticipation for the next page and the page after that was something that I have rarely felt to the same extent since! I had wondered about the cover too and surprised that it wasn’t a rotten apple. Now it makes sense!

    • That sounds like a good way to motivate yourself! I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it. And I wasn’t entirely sure what the cover was either when I first saw it! I think they could’ve done something a little more eye-pleasing.

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  8. My book club is doing a jeopardy event and I finally got a prompt that Midnight Sun will fit so I am going to start it today. I can’t wait! That cover has not grown on me. I really don’t like it.

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