I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the dates or any of the set up things I normally do in a post, so I’m just going to jump into the story. Also unlike my other posts, I am not going to give you a synopsis, simply because I gave a synopsis for Twilight in this post, so check that out if you want to know what happens. But, this is the story of Twilight from Edward’s perspective, so the overall purpose of this novel is to provide an unique viewpoint of the original series.
The beginning of this novel is a little rough mainly because Edward is trying to battle the “monster” inside of him. There is a lot of aggressive and crude descriptions of violent attacks. We had some idea of how bad these thoughts were from Twilight, but it is a completely different thing reading his plans from his head. But above all of that, I think the way that he portrays Bella in his head gave me a completely different perspective on her personality than the original Twilight books. I always looked at her as selfish, mainly because she described her feelings of Edward as simply not being able to live without him, so I never took the things she said as an act of thinking beyond herself. Having Edward piece together things I never did opened up my eyes to a completely different way of looking at the books, even if I still think there are aspects that are weird.
When it comes to their relationship, I didn’t think that his point of view enhanced the original story at all. In fact, I prefered only knowing Bella’s point of view at this part. The only part that I think really was enhanced by Edward’s thoughts was when James began his tracking in order to kill Bella. I don’t want to give a whole lot of details about this part, mainly because it is so incredibly unique to what we knew from Bella, but it completely changes how I look at New Moon in relation to the series.
So is it worth it? I think that the overall answer is yes, but that there are a lot of sections that I don’t think add anything to the series. I will also say that I truly do not think that we need Edward’s perspective on any of the other books, and that I hope she doesn’t do this to any of the other books. I even thought about whether or not we need a Jacob book for New Moon, and it boils down to no. There is nothing else that I really think Meyer will be able to add to the overall series the way that this particular book did. I realize that I never rated the series, but as an addition to the series, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you just picked up this book and had no idea what was going on, probably 2.5 out of 5 stars.
But as always, if you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!