Title: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Pub Date: November 8th, 2016
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Synopis from Goodreads:
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 realises 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.
Basically, the story is that the main character with many names, but for most of the book known as Alex is on the run from US government. The secret black ops are looking for her, but we don’t know exactly why, and neither does she. She just knows that they trying to kill her. Alex was working as a chemist for the back operations, creating very specific solutions that are designed for torture, and she was questioning suspects. She was mainly involved in fighting biologic bombs.
So this all sounded quite good, and fairly interesting. But then romance aspect was introduced. And I just couldn’t stand it. I won’t go into details how she meets the person, so not to give too much of the story for those who decide to read the book. But how they met, and how the guy reacts to her is just ridiculous. The guy feels special about her, and he had feelings for her the moment he sees her for the first time. And with all this instant love, there are circumstances that make this instant love ridiculous and unbelievable. The guy is so, so naive. There is no way that in this circumstances someone will be so naive, and apologetic, and caring. I also noticed that the author makes a point of showing us that Alex didn’t sleep with the guy after all the make-out sessions they had. The sex happens only later in the book, I assume, it’s not explicit. We spend a lot of time of this ‘thriller’ just following two adults playing home and kissing.
There are three main characters, again, I’m not gonna introduce them all, because of spoilers. But they are all very simple and boring. And I couldn’t stand them. Alex is super smart and ‘not good at people stuff’, and she doesn’t get how the guy could fall in love with her, she’s so ugly. The guy is super naive, and nothing deters him from Alex. The third character is super strong, protective of the guy and resents Alex.
I didn’t like this book at all. It’s full of clichés, and simple characters. There is way too much cheesy romance. Too much stuff just happens just because there must be a happy ending, and we don’t really see a reason for it. I didn’t care about the characters, I didn’t care about anything, and because halfway through the book I lost all my expectations that something will happen, I wasn’t disappointed. Book is also way too long, over 500 pages! Come on! It was a huge mistake to pick up this book.