Title: THE CHEMIST
Author: STEPHENIE MEYER
Genre: FICTION, THRILLER
Length: 518 PAGES
Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY
Release Date: NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Price: $36.50 CDN (HARDCOVER)
Rating: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Stephenie Meyer became famous as the author of the TWILIGHT SERIES of Young Adult books wherein a regular teenage girl meets a guy and falls in love. She learns that the love of her life is actually a vampire, but that’s okay because he is a “good” vampire. Anyone who has not read the Twilight books or who has not at least seen the movies made based on the books must have been living under a rock for the past decade.
After writing that series, she then penned the Young Adult science fiction novel – THE HOST which also became a movie. So, potential readers of THE CHEMIST can be forgiven if, at first, they expect this latest book to be another work of Young Adult Fiction.
However, after reading the first few pages of THE CHEMIST, it became readily apparent that this book was written for an adult audience.
Alex (not her real name) is on the run from her former employer – a shadowy, secret arm of the U.S. government – and has been running for the past three years. She doesn’t know what led to them trying to kill her, but somehow she went from prized asset to liability.
Her existence now consists of little more than trying to find a way to keep breathing for one more day.
She had been known as “The Chemist” and her skills at creating concoctions to help speed along interrogations of terrorist subjects was unsurpassed. But, actual field missions and the art of subterfuge were never part of her job.
So, when she receives an email from her former handler telling her that she is needed and that if she completes one last job for him, they will stop hunting her, she is cautiously optimistic. She knows it is likely a trap, but she is so tired of running that she agrees.
What she had thought would be a routine interrogation quickly becomes anything but.
The information she learns makes her an even bigger threat than she was previously,
Complicating matters even further she starts to fall for a man shè shouldn’t. She knows that the only chance of her ever having anything resembling a normal life will require her to go even deeper down the rabbit hole and to do things she had never believed herself capable of.
This book is so fast paced that readers become so swept up in the story that the everyday world falls away.
Stephenie has created characters so believable and so compelling that readers will be outraged with the treatment they receive from the very country they love.
This book has no sickeningly sweet (and therefore wholeheartedly unbelievable)love scenes that were so common in the TWILIGHT series. That series was written by a much younger Stephenie Meyer. With THE CHEMIST she proves that she has grown up. Stephenie dominated the Young Adult literary world for years. THE CHEMIST proves that she is ready to do the same with Adult Fiction.
Thoroughly researched and exceptionally well plotted, THE CHEMIST takes readers on a heart-pounding roller coaster ride that has so many twists and turns that 518 pages literally fly by. #TheChemist
I heartily endorse this book and give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The only negative I can see is that readers who had hoped that Stephenie Meyer had stayed stagnant, who hoped that she would remain a YA author forever may find themselves disappointed to discover that #StephenieMeyer has grown up and so has her writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Best known for her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer’s four-book collection has sold over 100 million copies globally in over 50 countries, with translations in 37 different languages. Meyer was the highest-selling author of 2008 and 2009 in the United States, having sold over 29 million books in 2008, and 26.5 million books in 2009. In 2008, Meyer also released The Host, which debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestseller lists. Additionally, USA Todaydeclared Meyer “Author of the Year,” citing that she had done something that no one else had in the 15 years of the USA Todaybestselling book list– she swept the top four slots in 2008. Meyer also accomplished this feat in 2009, when The Twilight Saga once again dominated the top of the bestseller list. All together, her books have spent over 303 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.
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