The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Adult Mystery
Pub date: 11/8/16
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I wanted to give her a chance. I wanted to hope that someone this clever and with such backing would have hired a better editor or have had people peer review her work or something. But no, it's the same old same old.
I have 3 major problems with Meyer's book(s). the same problems apply to all of them, not just this one.
1. The concept of the plot is very good, but it's basic and underdeveloped. There could have been so much more mystery behind everything, and it could have surprised and shocked me, but it didn't. I figured it all out very quickly and then rolled my eyes when the main character was shocked by the "plot twist."
2. The writing is atrocious... we're talking bad grammar, bad sentience structure, run-ons, and repeated words constantly. And who the hell writes an adult novel and cuts the sentence off before the expletives? I want the expletives! Don't just tell me that he swore creatively. That's okay if you're writing a teen novel, I get it. But this is sooooo not a YA novel. This is about a scientist who tortures people for the government.
3. The characters were not unique or special. This felt exactly like The Host. Which felt exactly like the Twilight series. So basically, she can only write 3 characters: under-developed female with no personality, super-sweet pushover guy, and super-asshole guy. Awesome. Remind me why you're a best seller?
I'm giving it two stars instead of one because even though it was horrible, I still got about a third of the way through it (which is more than I can say for some other horrible books I've read in the past).