Stephenie Meyer is returning to the literary scene — sans sparkly teenage vampires — this November.
The author achieved worldwide fame in 2005 after her young adult fantasy novel, Twilight, became a best seller among teenagers and middle-aged women everywhere. The four-part book series ended in 2008, the same year its corresponding movie franchise starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson began.
Now, eight years later, Meyer has left both the fantasy world and young adulthood behind in her upcoming novel, The Chemist.
A secret agent thriller, the book has been dubbed by Meyer as "the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross."
"I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero," she continued in a statement. "One whose primary weapon isn't a gun or a knife or bulging muscles, but rather her brain."
Hachette Book Group, Meyer's publisher, has described her upcoming novel as a "gripping page-turner" starring "an expert in her field ... one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name." Once her employer considers her a liability and plans to terminate her, however, she must flee. To "erase the giant target on her back" and save her life, she agrees to take on one last assignment for her old bosses. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Stephenie Meyer novel without a self-destructive romantic twist:
As the protagonist "prepares for the toughest fight of her life," she nonetheless "finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival."
Many have noted Meyer and her publisher's purposeful exclusion of the protagonist's name from their public statements, and some may believe the move intended to create more buzz surrounding The Chemist, out November 15.
Admittedly, it worked.