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Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun

Stephenie Meyer

2.29 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: ATOM
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 4 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9780349003627

It's here! Number one bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly-anticipated companion; the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
2 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
8 Aug 2020

"a deadly retelling of the Twilight original"

The difficulty with a second take on the same story is the lack of surprise, which can only be countered with exceptional writing. Instead, Cullen’s central dilemma — how do you love someone you want to eat? — is picked to the bone until you wish they’d eat each other and spared us another 400 pages. The dialogue is so clunky that it might have been written in another language and put through Google Translate. Take Edward’s intimate conversation with Bella: “You are not repulsed by my flagrant lack of humanity?”

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2 stars out of 5
7 Aug 2020

"This plodding retelling of the first book from Edward’s perspective is a 750-page exercise in toothless tedium"

It is inexplicable why Meyer chose to limit herself so when she has said sticking to the blueprint of Twilight was the toughest part of writing Midnight Sun. “The best parts to write, hands down, were the times that Bella was not present, and I wasn’t locked into a certain set of dialogues and actions,” she recently said. Her publishers, at least, are confident, with a huge initial print run and global release. But moving from Bella to Edward could be a less dramatic shift in perspective than that undergone by the Twihards over the last 15 years, now mostly in their 30s and finding themselves reading the same book. Will they readily be swept away by a vampire-meets-girl love story? It is hard to imagine when they’ve already read it.

    3 stars out of 5
    4 Aug 2020

    "the first new novel in Stephenie Meyer’s saga since 2015 has got pulses running with excitement"

    So it’s the same destination as Twilight, via a slightly different route. But Meyer is genuinely invested Edward and Bella, and their dream of a shared life, and her devotion is infectious. If predictable in places, Midnight Sun is no teenage fang dud.