The Chemist Summary & Study Guide

Stephenie Meyer
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The following version of the book was used to create this study guide: Meyer, Stephenie. The Chemist. Little, Brown and Company. First Edition: November 2016.

The Chemist is a suspense novel by Stephenie Meyer in which heroine Alex attempts to survive her former government department while attempting to get to the bottom of a biological weapons plot. When the novel begins, readers are introduced to Dr. Juliana Fortis, a molecular biologist. Dr. Fortis' code name is The Chemist. She earned the name for the work she did for a government department, an agency so secretive that it does not have a name and does not officially exist. Dr. Fortis used chemical agents to torture those she interrogated for the purpose of extracting critical information. At the beginning of the novel, Juliana –who changes names frequently -- is on the run. Juliana's current name is Alex. The department has been after her for three years during which time she has survived three assassination attempts following the death of her mentor, Dr. Joseph Barnaby.

Things seem to change when Alex’s old handler, Lowell Carston, approaches her. He offers her freedom in exchange for one more job she is critically needed for –to break Daniel Beach, a teacher with a talent for cooking in Washington, D.C. Carston is part of a plot to spread the biological weapon of mass destruction, superflu TCX-1, on behalf of a drug cartel and a domestic terrorist group. Alex suspects a trap. Nevertheless, she accepts, hoping it will free her. She abducts the twenty-nine year-old Daniel and proceeds to use her chemicals on him. However, the interrogation is interrupted by Daniel’s twin brother, Kevin, a burned CIA agent. Kevin has tracked Daniel’s location with a chip secretly implanted into Daniel without his knowledge and consent. Kevin and his dog, Einstein, square off against Alex as Daniel comes around.

Alex learns from Kevin that it was he who shut down the super flu plot a full six months before, after which he was let go and targeted himself by the CIA. Alex realizes she and Kevin were meant to finish the other off, or that they would hopefully end up killing each other. Daniel urges Kevin and Alex to strike back at their enemies, and prevails upon them to come along. As the trio and Einstein move throughout the South, avoiding an assassination attempt at Kevin’s safe house in Texas, Alex and Daniel fall in love, though Alex fights her romantic feelings for Daniel. Alex and Kevin come to realize they both know something, and someone they should not, who is being protected.

Through the news, word comes that General-turned-Senator Wade Pace will be seeking the vice presidency on a ticket in the upcoming election. Through recalling old memories, Alex realizes Pace was a member of a defense and intelligence project in which a biological weapon –the flu –would be weaponized and militarized. Having been stolen by Muslim terrorists, Alex’s unit shut them down, only for the virus to resurface with the drug cartel years later –which was in turn shut down by Kevin. Both Alex and Kevin know Pace is involved, and so they have to die.

As they hunt down Carston, intending to assassinate Pace and others associated with him, they stay with Val, a girlfriend of Kevin’s, who lives in Washington, D.C. Pace is ultimately assassinated by chemicals being added to his nicotine patches. Kevin is taken prisoner by his old boss, Deavers, who wants to protect Pace so that Deavers may become CIA Director.

Alex and Daniel kidnap Carston’s granddaughter and use her as leverage to gain access to the facility where Kevin is being held. Carston admits the department is being shut down, and he opposes Deavers. In a shootout, Carston goes down fighting against Deavers’s people, while Kevin personally kills Deavers. Daniel is wounded, so Kevin takes him and Alex to a trusted friend, also a vet, who can tend to Daniel. After this, they decide they cannot hang out in the same place, so head west where in the Epilogue, it is revealed they now own and operate a bar and grill in Colorado, and Daniel and Alex are married.

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