Review: Inferno


Title: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Doubleday
Release Date: May 14th 2013
Pages: 461
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ 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.❞

I had a bit of an issue with rating and reviewing Inferno. This is mainly because of a futile mistake Brown made which has probably cost him a lot of readers. You see, the first hundred pages or so of this book literally give you nothing. It describes that the protagonists are being shot at and they are running for their life. Robert Langdon has lost his memories and cannot recall how he ended up in Florence or why he’s being chased.

As a reader you are completely left in the dark, with no clue whatsoever about what is going on. And it’s perfectly fine to start a book like that, but you’re not doing yourself any favors as a writer if your readers don’t know what’s going on for about 1/4 of the book. The lack of hints or progress bored me. If it wasn’t for the fact that I never leave a book unfinished AND that this was a graduating present, I would have definitely put Inferno down.Continue reading