The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Your regular scheduled programming will resume after this tiny update. I took a pretty big hiatus that wasn’t planned at all. I thought I would have more time for my blog in my semester break, but that just wasn’t the case. Without going too far into detail, things got very stressful and I had to focus on school and just get through it. WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09I read this book back in December. Wow, that was a long time ago. I was on my way to visit my family in America over Christmas and it was on my kindle, which I mostly use when traveling so that I can take multiple books with me without filling/weighing down my suitcase. If you want to read my thoughts on ebooks, check out my post My love/hate relationship with eBooks.

Synopsis via goodreads:

32940867In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

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 realizes 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.WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09I picked this up because I actually liked Twilight (honestly, I probably still would if I were to reread it) and The Host is still one of my favorites. I wanted to see how Stephenie Meyer handled an adult thriller. Needless to say, it was very different than the other books I’ve read by her.

All in all the book was okay. It had an interesting premise, but something was missing. I liked how the main character used chemistry as weapons and the way she set up boobytraps and was kind of damaged. However, I didn’t love any of the characters. Hell, I didn’t even really like or dislike them. They were just super blah for me. I can honestly say that my favorite characters in this story were all of the canine variety.

The plot was a little hard to believe in my opinion. I really didn’t care for the romance aspect to it. I couldn’t believe the relationship it just seemed like romance for romance sake. It was boring, unneeded, and probably made it even harder for me to like the main character. I really wish there wouldn’t have been more detail in the science aspect of Alex.WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

Something I’m trying to work on is looking at the books I read with a critical eye. I want to start taking notice when a book lacks something important. On that note, I don’t recall any diverse characters in this book. In all fairness, she could have mentioned that a character was a POC and I just forgot, but the fact that I can’t remember already tells me that it wasn’t enough.

That’s not all. There was a certain part that bothered me. I remember reading it and instantly being a ticked off. On page 57 the main character, Alex calls men “suits” and women “skirts”.

Let’s break this down:

  1. Stop polarizing gender, it’s a spectrum. Get used to it.
  2.  “Suits” a symbol of success and power goes to the men, I wish I could say I’m surprised.
  3. “Skirts” If someone called me a skirt I’d be pissed. A symbol of sexuality, but not one to empower women. Personally, skirts make me feel vulnerable and exposed. I would associate this term with sexual harassment, catcalling, and someone thinking I couldn’t do a job well.

WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09All that being said, I actually did like this while I was reading. It was nothing extraordinary, but I still wanted to know how it all ended. I’ll never read it again, and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to my friends, but I don’t regret reading it.WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

Let me know if you enjoyed reading, by liking my post. It helps me gauge what I need to work on.

Let’s chat! 

Have you ever read a book like this that you just don’t care about? Have you read this and loved it? Any recommendations for books with more science? Do you prefer paper or ebooks? 

Thanks for reading! -xo AmberWhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09Support my blog!

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