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Book to consider: Meyer’s ‘The Chemist’ steps away from writer’s reputation


Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” teen vampire series and her standalone adult novel “The Host” both came packed with action and a supernatural romance.
Nothing twisted or mysterious about the plot. But Meyer has shifted in a new direction since her last book release in 2008.
“The Chemist,” released Nov. 8, is supposed to be a thrilling and nail-biting experience. Not so much in my case.

–Compiled by Emily Martinez

About the author
Meyer is an American young-adult fiction author and film producer. She is best known for her “Twilight” series, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 37 languages.
About 55 million “Twilight” series books were sold in America alone, making Meyer the top-selling author in the United States between 2008 and 2009. All of her books received film adaptations.
“The Chemist” is Alex, a former government agent with a natural talent for intimidation. After her previous employers decide she knows too much, she finds herself on the run.  She wears gas masks and sets up traps to keep her pursuers from attacking her in her sleep.
Then her former boss makes her an offer too good to be true: her freedom. Alex follows her gut and kidnaps the beautiful Daniel Beach, a schoolteacher reported to be part of an evil scheme to release a virus. You didn’t think Meyer would fail at having the main character fall for the “wrong guy,” did you?
As Daniel wins Alex over with his charm, she realizes he isn’t the bad guy after all, and they form an alliance and hide and fight together for the rest of the 400-plus pages of the book.
I was expecting this book to be filled with action, but most of the plot is made up of Alex and Daniel hiding out and building up a bland romance. The whole government conspiracy was lost behind the romance. Alex is a little too perfect. She overcomes conflicts easily without blood or fear. She is overly confident in her abilities and never makes even small mistakes.
As a bookworm, I expected more from an author whose books were turned into multi-million dollar movies.
Meyer is a skillful writer, and her diction is powerful and vivid. But the plot did not have me on the edge of an imaginary cliff waiting for a dramatic ending.

“The Chemist’s” summary is mind-boggling. It promised readers a thrilling mystery full of conspiracy, not a poorly written romance with a pretty boy. Far from a thriller, it’s a chick novel to curl up with after a break-up.

— Compiled by Emily Martinez

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