This is Twilight, but from Edward’s point of view. Everyone knows Twilight so I don’t really have anything else to put here.
A mediocre retelling of a mediocre story
- Repetitive Story
- Boring Characters
- Questionable actions
“For just a second, I saw Persephone, pomegranate in hand. Dooming herself to the underworld. Is that who I was? Hades himself, coveting springtime, stealing it, condemning it to endless night.”Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun
“Perhaps romance always seemed a slightly foolish thing to everyone until one actually fell into it.”Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun
Where do I even begin with this review. A few months ago I had never even read Twilight and never felt like reading it. That was until I found a group of people rereading the series and I joined them. I did not really enjoy the Twilight Saga. It definitely had its moments but it wasn’t anything exceptional. Now part of this rereadathon was reading Midnight Sun when it came out, so I preordered a copy of it.
What I Hoped Midnight Sun Would Be
I kept my expectations low going into Midnight Sun. As mentioned before I am not a big Twilight fan and if it wasn’t for this readathon I would have skipped this book. I did however have 2 big hopes for the book.
Edward was definitely problematic in the original Twilight Saga, but he was also very interesting. Same goes for the other vampires. I really wanted to know more about the histories but also the day to day life of the Cullens. Especially Edward’s time away from Carlisle and Esme.
I did not want this book to excuse Edward’s problematic behaviour. We have all read the books and you can’t change details after the fact to make it seem less problematic.
What Midnight Sun did Right
I am sorry if you really enjoyed this book, but this section will not be long.
Midnight sun did not try to excuse Edward’s problematic behaviour. He knew what he was doing was wrong yet he still did it because he could not stay away from Bella. It clearly showed him being very hypocritical throughout his thinking process but that is fine to me. It was annoying to read but it never tried to say what Edward was doing was right.
It also showed us more from the Cullens and Edwards time as a killer. I really liked these parts. This is why I was interested in the book. I did not need to reread the love story between Edward and Bella. I wanted to read what happened when they were not together and I am glad at least part of this book delivered on that.
And eh… that is all. I really cannot think of anything else I enjoyed about the book
What Midnight Sun did Wrong
Wrong is such a strong word, more like the things I did not enjoy in Midnight Sun.
The best way for me to sum up this book is as a collectors edition of Twilight with bonus content. The bonus content being 350 pages long and only 50 of those are actually interesting. But to find those 50 pages you are forced to reread Twilight as well.
So much of this book was just straight up boring. The dialogue was exactly the same as in Twilight. Chapters that were maybe 20 pages in Twilight were drawn out to 40/50 in this book just because of Edward’s inner monologues. But unfortunately the majority of those monologues were incredibly repetitive and didn’t bring anything new to the table. We already knew most of what Edward felt because he told Bella. We already knew he wanted her to stay away and was conflicted about it. I did not need to read 200 pages of inner monologue about something I already knew. Honestly being inside Edwards head was just boring.
I really don’t have much more to say about Midnight Sun. It was a boring book that felt incredibly drawn out and could have easily been 550 pages max. While there were interesting bits of new information I really liked, it wasn’t enough to sit through 795 pages or 26 hours of an audiobook for.
“So how was it possible that the sun was rising now in the middle of my midnight.”Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun
I give this book 5 out of 10 stars. If you really enjoyed the Twilight Saga this would probably be very enjoyable for you. But if you, like me, have read Twilight very recently it felt like reading the same book again. The small parts I enjoyed are heavily outweighed by the parts I found repetitive and boring.
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