If one good thing came from the 2020 quarantine, it was the release of Midnight Sign – or so I thought. If you’re a twi-hard fan then you’ve been waiting anxiously for almost a decade for this. Probably ever since Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 was released to read this book. There was even a tease when a part of Midnight Sun was leaked in 2008. This lead most of us to believe that Stephenie Meyer would never finish. Well, she finally did and this was my October/ November book club book. Let’s just say I’m glad that I did read it because of my dedication to the saga but overall I was less than impressed.
In case you live under a rock, Midnight Sun is from the perspective of Edward Cullen. In the original Twilight book, Edward has a mysterious side of him that you couldn’t quite crack. It ultimately left you wanting more. However, in this new book, you get an inside look of Edward’s mind and sometimes it’s a bit too much but at the same time not enough. You’re able to see just how far his obsession goes with Bella and it’s overwhelming. Granted he is a vampire, but it goes from romantic to intense fairly quickly on both sides.
Overall, I would say he’s a bland character. Again, it could be because he’s a vampire but you would think he’d have an interesting story. (Besides the irony that he became a vampire because he was dying from the Spanish flu and here we are today with a different disease!) Instead, all he constantly thinks about is Bella. From the way she sleeps, to the way she talks, to the way she breathes. This internal battle that he goes through of loving her but wanting to stay away from her for her safety is consuming him to a point that you never really learn anything new about him. Not to mention it becomes exhausting.
The one part of the book that I would have to say I enjoyed is the family aspect. Meyer did include them a lot which added more depth to the story. Without them, I may not have been able to keep the book open. You get to understand the family dynamic though and go “behind the scenes” as well as learn their individual stories. It clarifies why Rosalie has so much hatred for Bella as well as how her relationship with Emmett blossomed. You also see why Alice and Bella become such good friends so easily.
Keep in mind that this book is almost 700 pages! With a book that big, I was pretty sure that it was all 4 books summed up into one. I was very wrong. This one book was simply a complete remake of the first. Because it’s so similar to Twilight, I do like that it’s almost as if you’re watching it all over again. But, coming from someone who likes to read mystery books, it drove me a little nuts that I already knew everything that was going to happen. Also, if you’re more of a team Jacob girl rather than team Edward like myself, then buckle the f**k up and get ready for disappointment. We definitely don’t hear enough of Jacob’s thoughts.
With that said, as always, I highly recommend that you read Midnight Sun for yourself to form your own opinion. If you’re an ultimate Twilight saga fan then you’ll enjoy this bonus book and the nostalgia that comes along with it. If you haven’t read any of the other books or watched any of the movies, then it’s probably safe to say that you’ll want to skip this read and stay tuned for the next one.