Fiction spiced up with fact, is undoubtedly the best kind of fiction there is. This is the modus operandi of Dan Brown. While his books have stirred up major controversies to the point that a few of his books have been banned in some places, Dan Brown remains one heck of a writer. ‘Inferno’ is a book by Dan Brown that uses pieces of the original Dante’s Inferno, to tell a story of earth’s ultimate doomsday. In 576 pages, Dan Brown tells an exhilarating story of how the world’s exponential population growth threatens its very existence. The storyline, however, is centred on stopping an apparent but widely unacceptable solution.
“The Darkest places in hell, are reserved for those who maintain neutrality in times of moral crisis”
If you’ve heard about the Black Death that came before the Renaissance age, you would agree that reality can indeed be stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that an infestation of rats would wipe out a huge chunk of the world’s population? Just as there have been speculations that the mass kill was man-made, Inferno somewhat recreates the story before the disaster in a vivid and nerve racking manner. He didn’t hesitate to insert bits and pieces of the gory and picturesque world that is hell.
Robert Langdon, the protagonist, wakes up in the hospital without any recollection of the last few days of his life. In as little as minutes, he realises that his life is in danger and people are trying to kill him. Forced to trust his beautiful surgeon, Sienna Brooks, he begins a hunt for the truth, following the fragments of unbelievable information he could garner. After much ado, he realises that a deadly plague would be potentially released to the world, and he is the only one with the ability or relevant information to stop it and save the world.
Burdened with confusion, deception, betrayal, and fear, Robert Langdon is forced to take impulsive steps, hoping that each one would lead him closer to ensuring that the plague that could literally wipe up planet earth, is not let out.
IN THIS PLACE, ON THIS DATE, THE WORLD WAS CHANGED FOREVER
An altered map of la Mappa dell’Inferno (Map of Hell), Dante’s carved head, and the Divine Comedy; Inferno relied on actual facts, figures, and places, to guide the story into completion. The book took us through museums and ancient buildings in the archaic cities of Florence and Venice. We even got to see the gates of Paradise in all its beauty. Every location had a piece of the puzzle and these were the very things that added mystery to this piece.
Follow deep into the sunken palace…
For here, in the darkness, the chthonic monster waits
Submerged in the bloodred waters…
Of the Lagoon that reflects no stars
Dan Brown’s Inferno is faced-paced, mentally stimulating, and highly illuminating. It keeps the reader locked down, line after line. Particularly, it does not underestimate the intelligence of the reader, as there were moments where the reader was left to figure things out personally. There were, however, also points where the actual information (actual facts) distilled became a little too overwhelming and distracting. Thereby, taking the fiction out of it and pausing the storytelling a little too much.
Still, Inferno remains a really beautiful read, it is undoubtedly one of the best fiction books I have read (Not that I have read many, anyway). It is recommended for those who want to have a good read and stimulate themselves mentally.
I rate it a 4.3 out of 5. You can give it your own rating below.
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About the Author
Daniel Gerhard “Dan” Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction who wrote the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. His novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies. Three of them, Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and Inferno (2013), have been adapted into films.