My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I was interested to see how this book turned out. I had a LOT of issues with the The Twilight Saga, but I really enjoyed The Host (Still waiting on the sequel – The Seeker!). The synopsis of this book definitely seems different enough.
The result, however, is just…
I feel that fans of her previous work (especially Twilight) will not love the governmental conspiracy, spy thriller parts. Fans of spy thrillers will not be completely satisfied either. Both will—at best—be in the middle. Fanatics of Meyers will probably love it though and forgive all the obvious flaws of the book, nothing wrong with that though as I myself have authors that I am that way about
(My reaction to anything Patrick Rothfuss)
Not surprisingly the characters are really one dimensional. This is not always a bad thing, sometimes a story calls for it or does not suffer because of it. Usually when there is enough action and suspense to cover for it. This was not the case in The Chemist though. Much of the book is spent with the characters “in hiding”, which would be a great time for them to get to know each other but there is not much to that. The majority of the characters can be summed up in a single sentence:
Alex (for simplicity) – Former government chemist interrogator on the run.
Daniel – White knight.
Kevin – Super macho ex-special ops who is on the run and trains dogs.
Surprisingly, one of the most multidimensional characters is the main antagonist—whom I can’t for the life of me remember the name of—Alex’s former handler.
The thing that was the hardest for me to swallow in this book is the whole romance angle. Daniel just felt completely unbelievable and hard to swallow. From the first moment he enters the story he is obviously smitten with Alex. At first this is fine, but after the torture scene where she tortures him, he just acts as if that never happened and it doesn’t change how he feels about her at all? And the whole “love at first sight” stuff?
I do give Meyer tons of props for completely changing genres and stepping out and writing something
completely… ok mostly different.
In conclusion, there were definitely enjoyable parts of this book and it entertained me sufficiently. I do wish there was either more character and relationship development or more fast-paced, nonstop action.