Worth the wait…
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers was not only a literary sensation of the late 2000s but a social phenomenon that reached multi-generational readers with its time-less love story. The team Edward and team Jacob phenomena swept the nation and the re-imagining of vampires and wolf-shifters sparked a growth in the paranormal romance genre. Part of Meyer’s vision for Bella and Edward’s story was the development of Midnight Sun, Edward’s perspective of the relationship and events in the first book in the series, Twilight. However, when a rough draft of the first twelve chapters of the manuscript were subversively released to the public in 2008, Meyer’s creativity on the project came to a screeching halt. In response to the betrayal and disappointment, she posted the chapters on her web page, with the caveat that she hoped to one day finish the project. Over the years she attempted to revive Midnight Sun but, for various reasons, it never all came together. She was finally able to finish Edward’s story and publish it this year. For Twihards it is another addition to their collection and closure on an unfinished aspect of the Twilight experience.
I credit the Twilight Saga with getting me back into reading. My preteen kids were clamoring for it and I pre-read the series before giving them permission. While I was not one of the overt Twilight fanatics I did read, and yes I will admit re-read, every book, novella, and Twilight themed book I could get my hands on, including the posted excerpt of Midnight Sun. As you can imagine, I was very excited to learn that it would finally be published in full this year. The completed version is well worth the decade long wait. The first twelve chapters are more fleshed out and include additional insights and details. The rest of the book, while still the familiar story and climax, adds a depth of understanding to both events away from Bella and Edward’s thoughts.
Midnight Sun is a pleasant reminder of why Meyer’s characters and the way she delivers her captivating take on vampires was so wildly popular. Meyer writes with an easy to read style, rich with word pictures and character interactions, that engage both your imagination and emotions. Midnight Sun is a seamless addition to an already timeless series that will produce a new generation of Twilight fans or prompt old fans to dust off their copies.