Series: Robert Langdon
Author: Dan Brown
First Published: May 13, 2013
“The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.”
This book has Dan Brown written all over it. Just like the previous stories in this series it’s a mystery/thriller, which is set over the course of 24 hours. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence with no recollection of how he got there and what happened to him in the past two days and as he begins to figure out what’s going on he starts getting involved deeper and deeper in a dangerous event that is about to take place and change the world forever.
I bought this book mainly because I own and have read all other books by Dan Brown and because of the setting of this story. The story takes place in three different cities, namely Florence, Venice and Istanbul, and I have been to all three of those cities at least once, which made it very easy for me to visualise everything talked about in the book. Granted the descriptions of the various important places and works of art get very lengthy from time to time so if you’re not interested in architecture and art history this can get incredibly annoying incredibly fast.
I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Dan Brown books and Robert Langdon stories in particular. I mostly find the story utterly ridiculous and unbelievable and his writing style isn’t the greatest, but you don’t read a Dan Brown book for the perfectly plausible story or the immaculate writing style. You read Dan Brown to see historical facts and famous pieces of art placed in new context. You read it for the secrets and the conspiracies and the ridiculously high stakes the plot hangs on. You read it to be entertained and in that respect this book is a success. Since Dan Brown’s stories are more plot driven than character driven I didn’t particularly care much about them. Robert Langdon as always is a well of information and witnessing him trying to piece together what happened to him is at times quite funny. His Bond Girl style sidekick Sienna Brooks has a pretty interesting backstory and I really enjoyed reading about her. The ending was a bit too sappy for my taste and felt a bit too happily ever after but all in all I enjoyed the book very much.
Is Inferno different from other Dan Brown books? No it’s not. There are minor variations to Brown’s tried and tested formula. Sometimes, depending on how many of Brown’s books you have read, you can see the twists coming based on the number of pages left, but this time Dan Brown managed to throw in one or two twists I absolutely didn’t see coming. So all in all it was a good, fast-paced and interesting read, which constantly keeps you guessing and entertained.
— Alina xx