‘The Chemist’: ‘Twilight’ Author is Back With Spy Story

Elena Jacobson, Staff Writer

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While most famous for her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer has come out with her new book “The Chemist”, a new and captivating novel, full of top secret missions and undercover operations.

A far cry from “Twilight,” Meyer has created a new spy thriller, that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. While written only in five months the overall plot and characters are very strong and realistic.

The main character, Juliana Fortis, used to work for an government agency so secret it doesn’t even have a name, but she has been on the run and can rarely trust anyone. However, after a sinister terrorist plot has been discovered, the agency who had been chasing her now needs her help.

After spending each night setting up security measures in hotel rooms to stop assassins, sent by the agency who is claiming, they need her help she needs to figure out who she can trust quickly. It’s up to her to stop the attack without being burned by the agency in the process.

The book takes on a sense of realism Juliana often disguises herself, by blending in and bending people’s perception, to make herself into someone else. Using her small frame and short hair to her advantage she can look like anyone, male or female, teenager or adult, to go undercover or hide in plain sight.

With characters written so vividly it’s hard to not see through the eyes of Juliana, and live the story, as she faces danger. Suspense is riddled throughout, since the main character is not actually a spy, and is new to being on the run and hiding. She is actually a chemist, who worked on top secret projects for the agency.

In the beginning her mentor began to suspect the agency was going to betray them, and gave her a crash course on  how to go undercover and on the run, and as Juliana takes every precaution, the story conveys a convincing feeling of paranoia, and sense of being hunted.

The relationship between, the characters amplifies the distrust, but also strengthens the character’s development as the story goes on. With story elements of action, suspense, romance and science, the book caters to a lot of people.

While “Twilight” might not be everyone’s favorite book, “The Chemist” is Meyer’s best novel, as it is well written and can keep a wide variety of readers interested and invested in the story.

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