Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown
Inferno by Dan Brown

Title: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Publisher: Doubleday

Published: March 14, 2013

Page Amount: 462 pages

Blurb from Goodreads: In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code,Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Why Read: On one of my favorite podcasts, Book Riot, they often talk about Dan Brown, and especially about his new release “Inferno”. Naturally as an avid historical fiction reader who already has Da Vinci, Angels and Demons and the Lost Symbol under her belt, it wasn’t exactly a surprise I wanted to read it.

Review: Oh Dan Brown. There’s so much to love and yet despise about your newest hit. The streets of Florence and Venice are warmed by your mention and I will always think of Robert Langdon as an old friend. But the plot and ending of Inferno- please kill me.

From a character standpoint, Inferno is strong. Langdon plays his usual role as unknowing and helpful. But the character I really loved was Seskin. The female lead of the WHO, she struggles with the reality of unchecked population growth and doing what the world sees WHO’s job as being. Throughout the book, I appreciated her candor and reaction. Sonja was also an interesting character and while not entirely relatable, she was fun to both love and hate.

The plot, however, was where Inferno lost me. His other novels, while unbelievable, always had world events that matched up well with the normal world. For me this was always appreciated because I could see his world and our own with more with more secrets. With Inferno, the ending changed that utterly, and I’m not sure I entirely liked that. It’s a personal choice of course but as it’s my choice- I choose to give that Dan Brown novel a 4, because I loved reading it … we I reached the end. D Brizzle, sorry for that – but thanks!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review Coming Soon: Boneshaker by Kate Milford

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