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Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

“The darkest place in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in time of moral crisis.”

-Dan Brown

March 21st, 2017

School, Jakarta

Last month, there was a book festival in my school for a few days. Some bookstores opened stands in multi room. As scheduled, every class got to visit the bookfest, including mine.

When I was looking for a book that suits my taste, of course I took a look at the price. Most of the books are for children and novels. When I stopped in front of a stand from a quite popular bookstore, my eyes caught some thick novels sitting in the corner. It appeared to be a book I had, though I haven’t read it yet because I don’t have the time to currently. It was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, and I expected it to be in this bookfest. Or at least, any book from the series. It has to be.

It didn’t interest me much. Instead, there were another books standing behind the thick novels. The books were smaller in size than the novels, but they appeared to be novels too. The thickness vary, and a small, thick book, caught my attention, again. I picked it up and guess what, it was Inferno by Dan Brown.

This time, I never really expect it to be there, even though it’s quite popular. The reason is, because there’s not much teenager that likes to read it even though it’s good. But most people said that it can shake your faith, so make sure you hold on tightly to your belief.

I have the oldInferno-coverer printing, but the new printing still has the same size and thickness. The only contrast difference was the cover. All artwork, literature, science, and historical references in Inferno are real.

The main idea of the story is how Robert Langdon, a Harvard Professor, having to solve mysteries while being chased by the same time to prevent the release of virus made by a scientist and transhumanist, Bertrand Zobrist, which made an odd video about how he “save the world”.

As for me, Zobrist reflects “mad” people with “twisted” minds that keep going with their plan as long as they think it’s for the sake of goodness. Whatever happened to their mind, it clearly can alter their point of view and make them go against the majority to do what they think is true.

The descriptions of every single piece of art in this book comes without any pictures, but every detail is provided to let readers picture the object by themselves. Because the only fiction in this book is the story, most of the references may increase our knowledge even just for a bit. The complex plot, instead of confusing, is interesting and urges readers to go on with their curiosity of the story. Dan Brown is clearly clever in choosing vocabularies, and there are many unique words and phrases.

Anyway, it is an interesting book, and it uses a bit of Italian so it may add to your knowledge a bit. As you read the story, it will make you more curious, so overall it is an interesting book to read. Some parts will make us aware about the situation of our world right now. So it’s not a waste and worth of reading-time.