Amazon’s description: 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.
You know what’s funny–I’ve been wrapped in a world of loglines and query writing for the last year and that description is just not that great. It tells us very little about the actual story line. Here’s the gist of it: Robert Langdon wakes up in hospital with no memory of how he got there and only a frightening recurring dream. It doesn’t take long for the person who put him the hospital to find him and attempt to finish the job. With the help of a doctor, he escapes and searches Florence and Venice for clues to a madman’s obsession–an idea that could change the world forever (vague, I know). Landon races against the clock and discovers that everything he thinks he knows is wrong.
True to Dan Brown’s style, this story makes you think. I enjoyed the architectural descriptions of all the different locales and now have a crazy itch to travel. It has a great twist at the end that makes the book difficult to put down. My only caveat–it took a little while to get going. I read A LOT of YA. I mean A LOT. The style in this is much slower and there isn’t as much emphasis on character or relationships, which is one of the main reasons I read YA. I enjoy the relationships. This book didn’t have any of that. Instead it had information, lots of it.
Would I recommend it: Yes, I would.