First of all, let me say that I am a big fan of Dan Brown. I’ve read all of his books, and particularly enjoy Deception Point. The Da Vinci Code, in my opinion, is the best of his Robert Langdon series. Angels and Demons was still good, but The Lost Symbol did kind of drag in parts of it.
I had high hopes for this book. I saw it in a bookstore, and I couldn’t wait to get it from the library. Most of the book was very good. Of course, in quintessential Dan Brown style, you have Robert Langdon seeking the truth with very little clues and going to places many want to see, added by intelligent woman (Sienna Brooks). He practically solves the world at the end.
That’s what I was expecting, and I was not disappointed. That’s what the book was. In this book, however, you went to Florence and Venice, which was very fun. Of course, being the name of the book, you also delved into Dante Alighieri and The Divine Comedy. I did learn a few things about Dante and The Divine Comedy from Inferno, which is always a plus. It made me want to go back and read The Divine Comedy, but then I remembered that I barely got through it the first time in high school. So I’m not sure if that’ll happen. Maybe now that I’m a more advanced reader I’ll get something out of it….who knows.
Anyways, I was also very surprised to see genetics, viruses, and evolution being brought up in this. I would say that it added to the book greatly because it transformed the book from being a basic treasure hunt involving iconography to creating some philosophical discussions on today’s world and the human population. If you aren’t into science, you may not like that part of the book. It made sense to me, however, and it was rather thought-provoking.
So I was almost to the end of the book, fully expecting to give it 5 stars.
Until I reached the ending. Huh?
What happened? I mean, was that supposed to be a great cliffhanger for the next book? Or was it supposed to keep you wondering? I won’t include spoilers (you’ll have to read the book to find out yourself) but the book just seemed to drop off at the end. All of the suspense about human populations, just to leave off with the stars. I mean, seriously. There was a great lead up to nothing.
So that’s why the book was only 3.5 stars, upgraded to 4 because I can’t give it 3.5 stars on Goodreads.
I did enjoy the book, but the ending just left me wondering what happened. It wasn’t even something where, “Boy I hope he continues that.” It was just flat.
Great book, bad ending. 3.5 stars on WordPress, 4 stars on Goodreads
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