Inferno by Dan Brown, starts off quite differently than any of his previous stories in the series. We find Robert Langdon suffering from amnesia, with two days of his life completely forgotten and in a country which he does not remember having travelled to: Italy. Specifically, Florence. This makes the action start from the very beginning; giving us virtually no time to situate ourselves when we are already in the midst of persecutions of all kinds. I liked this change very much with regard to what we were used to with Professor Langdon, although it does have a slight setback. A start so strong assumes that at some point you have to deflate, as it is almost impossible to follow six hundred thirty three pages at that pace, and even more so taking into account that we are in the dark as regards the setting.
In terms of the plot I don’t want to give away too much since I have seen many reviews that I consider “spoilers”, especially with a novel of the sort Dan Brown writes. I started the novel without the slightest idea of what I was going to find, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the reasons why the antagonist carried out his devious scheme, and I believe that if I disclose the specific data before you begin reading the story, it would be a big mistake. If you’ve read a Dan Brown novel before, like the prequels to this story, you know exactly what I mean.
The subject raised by the author delighted me, he makes the reader reconsider certain issues. Does the end always justify the means? But before you discover the master plan and the reason why Robert Langdon spends half book running from one place to another, we find ourselves within Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy. Through different clues associated with the masterwork of Dante Alighieri, our protagonist will be getting at the truth little by little. As always, I was delighted following the clues, one after another, getting totally sucked into the plot. In addition, something that I really love about his books are the continuous references, along the novel, of important sites, monuments and art works.
The ending was great! I was not expecting it at all. So it left me with a great feeling, I even spent time after finishing the reading of it just pondering for some time. I am glad Dan Brown took the risk he took, because any other ending I’m sure would not have worked. As you can tell I liked Inferno a lot, although I am still partial to the Da Vinci Code, a work which has a special place in my heart.