Review: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

Life and Death (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer

Published Year: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: No Thank You

"Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide."

Did you know this was happening? I didn't know this was happening. To be perfectly honest I probably wouldn't have read this if I had know this was happening. SM drops a bomb on her readership with a brand new book on the tenth anniversary of Twilight with a gender swapped version of Twilight with Beau and Edythe. Not content with completing Midnight Sun (why? don't ask me), she switches everyone's genders and renames everyone. Okay, the names were kind of cool. I'll give you all the names later.

Oh, and in the print version, the original Twilight is upside down on the flipside so if you read this in public, it's going to look like you're reading Twilight upside down. So have fun with that can of worms.

Yeah, so after she drops the bomb that is Life and Death (ha ha ha, see what I did there?), she actually, starts changing some of the actual content of Twilight.... about halfway through the story. So if you're expecting just the original story with zero changes, stop reading halfway.

Beau starts sounding less and less like Bella, and Edythe isn't really like Edward (not sure if this is good or bad, question mark?). And then SM changes the plot. Though in her Letter to the Reader, she's quick to point out, THIS IS NOT BECAUSE BEAU IS A BOY AND BELLA IS A GIRL (she didn't all caps it, but she basically should have) but because she was playing around with all her little personal what ifs in this version.

I'll admit. I read this because I was curious. I wasn't a big fan (or a fan at all of the original series if I'm being honest her, sorry not sorry) and I didn't expect to be a fan of this one, and I really wasn't. Unsurprisingly, the romance fell flat for me, but this B/E didn't annoy me QUITE as much as the old B/E (but still did). I think that's because SM tried to go back and give Beau some personality that Bella just truly didn't have. At all.

1.5 out of 5 stars.

Twilight Name - Life & Death Name

Edward - Edythe

(Isa)Bella - Beau(fort)

Jacob - Julie/Jules

Carlisle - Carine

Esme - Earnest

Alice - Archie

Rosalie - Royal

Emmett - Eleanor

Jasper - Jessamine

Mike - McKayla

Jess - Jeremy