Midnight Sun is a companion book to the original Twilight trilogy by author Stephenie Meyer. This book revisits everything in 2005’s Twilight, showing us the same events from vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen’s perspective, including Edward and Bella’s slowly building relationship, their attempts to keep intensely passionate feelings in check and the deadly threat from another vampire that shows up at the end of the book.
The tale can be easily seen to be an allegorical examination of struggles a typical teen might have: sexual tensions and temptations, feelings of jealousy and earnest efforts toward abstinence. There are also very strong notes here about the power of family bonds and the blessings of adoption.
Edward talks at length, for instance, about his history and the loving choices that his adoptive vampire “parents” made to give him a sense of grounding and a family to help him through the most difficult and vulnerable parts of his long life. And we see those family members make personal sacrifices to aid Edward, even when they don’t always agree with his choices. Now, it’s all played out in a broadly fantastic setting of “eternal” life, super-strength and an ever-hovering threat of gruesome savagery; but the close ties, the sacrifices and the love of the portrayed relationships still ring true.