The highly anticipated “Midnight Sun,” the fifth book in the “Twilight” series, hit shelves Tuesday. The book focuses on a vampire-human love affair, the complexities of which are more apparent to the vampiric party, as made evident in the book’s narration.
And that plot won’t be new to Twihards familiar with author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight,” which she expanded into three subsequent novels, “New Moon,” “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn.”
But this time, it’s told from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective instead of Bella Swan’s, and offers a more complex view of a high school romance.
Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson in the films), as the narrator, is a bit more worldly at 104 years old though he perpetually appears to be 17 thanks to his vampire immortality.
In May, when the book’s release date was announced, Meyer promised MM that the book would be “darker” and “more desperate,” and she didn’t disappoint.
For Edward, everything is higher risk than it was for Bella (played by Kristen Stewart in the movies) because he’s a vampire.
His desire to at first kill Bella remains a problem even when he falls for her and prompts tension that stretches across the novel’s nearly 700 pages.
Here are six things “Midnight Sun” brings fans of “The Twilight Saga” that are new or noteworthy:
The conversations and big moments of Edward and Bella Swan’s love story in “Midnight Sun” mirror those in “Twilight,” which many readers are likely to remember. They just come from a different viewpoint.
And as in any relationship, understanding both sides is revealing. There are instances of miscommunication, jealousy, desire and more that culminate at the book’s climax as Bella becomes more and more a part of Edward’s world.
He recognizes he’s dangerous to her though he can’t stay away as she’s his personal “brand of heroin,” as he describes in a conversation that occurs in both “Midnight Sun” and “Twilight.”
In “Twilight” we become acquainted with the Cullens at the same pace Bella does. But in “Midnight Sun,” readers get a deeper look into Edward’s non-biological family, who were brought together through a series of events that become clearer in his telling.
Each of the family members reads more complex, and their character flaws and bright spots more salient, giving readers a better understanding of the series on the whole.
The Washington state town of Forks’ most mysterious family becomes even less of a mystery than when Bella gets to know them over the course of four other books.