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.
Stephenie Meyer has kicked major literary butt again with “The Chemist”. I love every single one of her books. Every. Single. One. “The Chemist” was so far removed from everything else I’ve read from Meyer and she wrote it like she is a seasoned pro in this genre.
Meyer has this amazing ability to form these relationships with her characters that are incredibly improbable but soooooo believable. This has made for some intriguing stories.
In “The Chemist” Alex is one of those characters that is traditionally perceived as the bad guy. Meyer brings a depth to this “profession” that I hadn’t thought much on before reading this. It leads to the question of how much motivation would someone need to do great harm to one to save the masses. How much value do we bestow on the individual? What’s acceptable and what’s not? Meyer weaves some thought provoking questions into this story.
“The Chemist” moves quickly. It’s a hard one to put down because there really wasn’t a good stopping point. I basically went into zombie reading mode to finish it. The pages were basically on fire with the speed they were turning.
I love that Alex was a woman. In most espionage films or books this type of character is usually male. A female lead opened up a whole new set of obstacles and assets that I don’t think have been explored near enough in this genre.
Alex’s intellect and chemical creativity was almost it’s own character in the story. I got a real kick out of all the “booby traps” she had on and off her person.
The use of “mirror twins” was expertly done. I caught on to where I thought Meyer was going with it before the climax but that may be the massive amount of books I’ve read that were similar to this one. There’s only so many ways this could of ended. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy with the ending because I think it ended the way it should have. Much different and the realistic narrative would have been bent maybe beyond beliveveability (not sure if that’s an actual word or if I made that up but it sounds good).
Something that Meyer brought up in building the character of Alex was her trying to formulate a way to “interrogate” without causing pain. A truth serum if you will…. this wasn’t harped on but it was mentioned that the powers that be didn’t seem interested in that line of research. If you think about that beyond the scope of fiction it does make a person wonder.
“The Chemist” has a lot to offer a variety of people. It’s entertaining, full of action but also brings up a pile of philosophical questions. It’s a solid book and Meyer has proved yet again why she is a best seller. Oh what it must be like to have those stories swirling in one’s mind.
5 star book!
The Technical Data:
Title: The Chemist | Series: N/A | Author(s): Stephenie Meyer |Publisher: Little, Brown and Company / Publication Date: 11-8-2016 |Pages: 528 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0316387835 |Genre(s): Thriller & Suspense |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-20-2016 |Source: Copy from personal collection.