8.31.2016

Book Review: Inferno

I have been pretty low on reading for past few weeks. Mainly because I was stuck in a book that was too lengthy to handle. Not that I mind long books, but a dragged story is worse, which was my case by the way.

Ta-da, let me present you Inferno by Dan Brown, Before you read further, let me warn you: CONTAINS SPOILERS XOXO NOT GOSSIP GIRL
I have read a lot from Brown and each book was intriguing with a satisfying end. The only thing I cannot endure in a book is a bad/vague/incomplete end. YAS I read that shiz for days just to end up on an incomplete loop? That's not fair. When Elif Shafak's The Bastard of Istanbul ended with a vague end, I couldn't believe 'cause Shafak's words had always given me immense pleasure and great ends # yikeS
Inferno's end was hard to understand. 
The story starts with Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon (Dan Brown's famous character) who wakes up in a hospital of Florence. He has no memory of what brought him here but right after consulting his doctors, a sudden gun attack from an assassin baffles him even further. With the help of a doctor, he escapes and so the story progresses. From finding a clue that leads him to the answers of all the questions boiling up in his head to Dante's work that's the only way to save his life, this book is a chaotic mix of art, history, lietrature and the most finest architecture.
Dan Brown's books are so detailed and the protagonist travels to approximately 3 countries in less than 2 days. I am jealous. Inferno was based in Florence, Venice, and Istanbul. All of these cities were beautifully described, with each historically-famous part included. I teared up when Turkey's part came. The history of Turkey always makes me so emotional. Perhaps it's the sadness for once glorified state of Turkey or the mouring of never have seen the wreckages of enriched heritage Ottomen Empire left, I still haven't figured it out.
The book, being very Brown-ish, further involves international conspiracies and World Health Organization VS a mad scientist who wants to save the world by killing half population in order to savethe resources for upcoming generations. It got me like, 'WTH?!?' There was an organization mentioned in this book that does illegal work like covering prominent & infamous personalities in order to keep them away from the eyes of the world. It was an interesting thing to read.
Start of this book was very confusing and slow because

1) Robert Langdon had no memory.
2) The over-detailing in the book seemed to be going on forever.

However, when the story picked up the pace, it was a good one. It was a long story that went all thrilling in the last chapters. I thought to myself, 'I can't wait to recommend it to everyone'. Then boom, the end was unexplained and quite pathetic.

The best thing about this book? THE TURN OF TABLES! The whole story goes upside down in the final chapters. Whatever I had read before went down the drain and it happened so suddenly that I found myself re-reading the passage to confirm.
In the end,  it turns out that the mad scientist who attacked the whole world with a vector virus, leaving the whole (fictional) world infertile so that there could be a 'pause' on world population. I thought the writer might write a magical phrase that would undo the virus or something but HE DID'NT. The end basically says they let the virus as it was and carried on persuading the world how it was helping.

Altogether, it's a thrilling read with a great treasure of wanderlust and art history. The end disappointed me but except of that, it was like a lively adventure printed in form of words. Dan Brown's books are a legit thriller without a doubt.

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MY RATING: 3/5

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