Tuesday, August 8, 2017

*Review* The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Thriller
Published: November 8, 2016
Pages: 528


In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. 

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. 

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. 

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she's one of the world's bestselling authors. 


I put a hold on this book over 6 months ago and got it last week. That's how many other people wanted to read it. Blast them all!

I wasn't sure how seriously I should take this book, but I'm not going to lie and say I hadn't read and enjoyed all of her other books. Because I totally did. The difference is those were young adult fantasy/sci-fi and this one is an adult thriller.

It starts up pretty awesome. The main character is a woman who is highly-skilled and on the run because she knows too much about a certain government project. I was actually enjoying it a lot for the first half of the story. It is a page-turner and the main character was someone I could absolutely respect. Because she is awesome!

Then the love interest / romance bits happened. And they were just gag worthy. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy their romance parts, but the entire time I was reading them I just could not take it seriously. Also, I don't know why she can't write two strong characters in a relationship. Although it was nice that it was the woman who was incredibly smart, skilled, and other positive traits… her love interest just wasn't. He was kind of a dud for me. I just think this book would have been much better without romance.

Another thing, the names for the chemical concoctions reminded me of the ones in The Host. So I decided that the main character has been taken over by one of those alien things and doesn't realize it. Someone should probably look into that. We don't need another alien takeover.

Anyway, it was entertaining. Although this one isn't for young adults, it is still written in the same style as her other books. So I'm pretty sure that a good portion of her fans will enjoy this book.

3 platypires - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head. "Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write--something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering." Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.
Twilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list.Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an Amazon.com "Best Book of the Decade&So Far", and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The movie version of Twilight will be released by Summit Entertainment nationwide on November 21, 2008, starring Kristen Stewart ("Into The Wild") and Robert Pattinson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").

The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. Eclipse, the third book in Meyer's Twilight saga, was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on-sale. The book debuted at #1 bestseller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with a first printing of 3.2 million copies - the largest first printing in the publisher's history. Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies its first day on-sale rocketing the title to #1 on bestseller lists nationwide. 

Meyer's highly-anticipated debut for novel adults, The Host, was released by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.


  1. This sounds interesting and may be worth checking out. Thanks for your review.

  2. I've been wanting to read this but hated Twilight so dang much. Glad to know I'm not missing much with it.

  3. I don't often read this genre but your post has me considering this one ;)

  4. I enjoyed this book, but it took me awhile to get into it, probably until Chapter 4. Great review :)