The Chemist Book Review

Stephenie Meyer, the writer and also movie producer of the tween vampire franchise Twilight, has actually composed a book marketed as a thriller. The Chemist is billed as a departure from her previous works, and in regards to its protagonist, Alex, it is: She’s a female Jachild Bourne, whose foolhardy persona starkly contrasts the critically passive Bella Swan. But while Meyer has actually thrived in writing a headstrong heroine, much about her brand-new book is less definitive, beginning through the character’s code name. As Meyer writes: “The Chemist really wasn’t the correct code name for her at all. However, the Molecular Biologist was probably too massive a mouthful.” The exact same have the right to be said around the novel itself: adult thriller isn’t an accurate-enough genre desigcountry for this baggy 500-pager–it’s suffering an identification crisis.

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Alex has lived her life in perpetual hiding ever considering that her previous employer—a clandestine subsidiary of the US government—collection 3 hired firearms to remove her. She’s leveraging her skills as a former biologist-cum-terrorist interrogator to continue to be alive, donning androgynous disguises, resting in a bathtub via a gas mask and outfitting her apartment via Kevin McCallister-type booby-traps that would leave Joe Pecsi and also Daniel Stern for dead. She’s not sure why the many effective government in the world wants her eliminated, however she has a knack for preventing their detection.

That is, till she reads her email. Her old boss wants her to suit up for a final mission: sheight a terrorist team from unleashing a deadly virus. Alex decides the shot at a normal life is worth the hazard of being double-crossed; she kidnaps an innocuous Washington, D.C. schoolteacher, Daniel, that intel states holds the warhead. Daniel is attrenergetic through a charitable heart of gold. Sound like the wrong man? He is. But Alex doesn’t realize this till after dragging him to her West Virginia compound, stripping him naked, binding him and torturing him to tears with her chemical cocktail. This becomes the pretext for their burgeoning romance. By time Daniel’s twin brother Kevin, a cavalier black-ops type, reflects up to conserve him and kill her, their partnership has grvery own quixotic and also unbreakable.

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This one-track romance in between Alex and also Daniel is wbelow the book wrestles through itself. What should be the B-story becomes the focal suggest approximately 150 pages in. The once-promising plot of assassins, bio-terrorists, and backstabbing government entities takes a backseat to teenagers-at-the-movies kisses and also directionless talking head scenes—both of which fail to relocate the story forward. The story declines steadily from there: The activity feels inconsequential, the stakes flourish significantly lower, and the desire to store analysis dips via each web page.

Readers might be willing to suspend disbelief over the torture scene–that functions concurrently as a satisfy cute for Daniel and Alex–if Meyer had compensated via intense activity, plot twists and life-or-fatality choices—the tropes intended from a thriller. But for all the talk from Meyer about being a super fan of the thriller genre (she also dedicated The Chemist to Jachild Bourne and Aaron Cross), she falls short to supply a story as strong as those by Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton or Patricia Highsmith–the masters of the genre.

Stephenie Meyer wrote what feels prefer a romance novel wedged right into a spy-thriller. But if a talented screenwriter streamlines the story and also ups the stakes, it might be a experienced movie. Its fight scenes, specifically the first in between Kevin and also Alex, will certainly translate well to the big display screen. Given Meyer’s producing background, a film variation of The Chemist is all but a foregone conclusion. And if it outpaces Meyer’s last book-turned-film, intend a sequel soon after.

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FICTION The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer Little, Brvery own and also Company Publiburned November 8, 2016

Stephenie Meyer is ideal recognized for her four-book Twilight series, which has actually offered even more than 100 million duplicates worldwide and has been interpreted right into 37 languages. She is the founder of Fickle Fish Films, a film manufacturing agency, and also holds a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Follow her on Twitter at
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