Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer
Title: Life and Death (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
My rating: ★★★★✫
When I heard about this tenth anniversary edition of Twilight, I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to read it. Back in 2008 I have read the whole Twilight saga in a couple of days and I really loved it back then. Twilight is still the novel that got me to read young adult and fantasy novels again. I am really happy about that. After reading the (Dutch) review that Emmy wrote, I decided that I wanted to give it a try.
What the book is about
When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.
What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…
What I think about the book
Yeah, most of us already know the story of the original story of Twilight. I must admit that I had forgotten many of the details though and I also had some of the parts mixed up with the movie. Only therefore it was already nice to re-read the story. The gender switch definitely changed a lot to the story for me. Beau and Edythe can say the same things in Life and Death that Bella and Edward did in Twilight, but I do think that makes a difference. While I thought Edward was quite interesting and mysterious when I read Twilight for the first time (and yeah, until I read New Moon, because later on I was definitely on board of Team Jacob), I thought that Edythe was mostly arrogant and strange. It was as if Beau simply fell for her because she was pretty. In my head I still saw Bella and Edward, even though the names had changed.
Still the story is not completely the same. Stephenie Meyer took the chance to make it better. She has done a new round of editing, with all the knowledge she has today, and changed some words and scenes for the better. The ending was new as well. Suddenly the story took another turn. Didn’t we all wonder what would have happened if…? Well, I always did. Yes, then there wouldn’t have been a complete Twilight Saga. Or maybe there would have been a completely different story with new adventures. I did like the alternative ending, because that meant I was reading a new story instead of the same old and it kept me reading.
I must say that from the moment the book arrived at my house I just wanted to read it. I started that same evening and from the first page I was back in Forks, just like the very first time. Like I said, it has been almost eight years since I have read Twilight for the first time. I am older now and yet I am still in love with the world that Stephenie Meyer has created in her novels. Could Twilight have been better? Maybe. That doesn’t mean that I still like it a lot and I was glad that I have read this book.
Do you have to read it? Well, let’s say that if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga the first time you’ve read it, you should give this re-imagined version a try. If you have never liked Twilight, you are probably not going to this time. I’d suggest you find yourself a book you do like then and move on.