This book was great, a perfectly short "ages 9-12" read. The only reason it got 4 stars was for this reason exactly, however it was amazing. It was a...moreThis book was great, a perfectly short "ages 9-12" read. The only reason it got 4 stars was for this reason exactly, however it was amazing. It was a classic Lemony Snicket and I really enjoyed the hidden aspects of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" that were hidden within it. The mystery is intriguing and I can't wait for the next books, I really want to see where this goes and how it will tie in with "A Series of Unfortunate Events."(less)
"Inferno" is a classic Dan Brown book. It fits in with the other three in the series, but yet, not quite. Inferno addresses the problem of o...more[Spoilers]
"Inferno" is a classic Dan Brown book. It fits in with the other three in the series, but yet, not quite. Inferno addresses the problem of over-population, a real world issue, whereas in the first three books, nothing so potentially apocalyptical was the center issue.
In my opinion, the biggest problem of "Inferno" was length. This book was roughly 450 pages long, and while that’s not a huge amount of pages or anything, this book very well could have been 200 pages shorter. While all of Dan Brown’s previous books were fast-paced and page-turners, this one was filled with so much architectural and scenic fluff, it slowed the pace of the story down a lot.
What was different about "Inferno" was that Robert Langdon woke up in Florence, in a hospital, with no memory of how or why he was there. This was a new approach, but I feel as though the story would have gone faster had it started before Langdon lost his memory. A lot of time was wasted with Langdon not knowing what was going on, and not remembering anything.
While the daunting issue of over-population eventually became an uncomfortable topic, I was even more concerned about this “plague” that Zobrist was going to release. However, I was impressed with the ending. While throughout the whole book, Zobrist was made out to be an insane individual who would readily sacrifice a bunch of people, his “plague” turned out to be bizarrely humane. An airborne vector virus that carried a recessive gene that would alter the DNA of the world so that a third of the population would be rendered infertile, and a third of the population would always be infertile? That, in a way, redeemed Zobrist’s character for me because his plan did not involve a countless number of deaths, and sickness, and fear, and chaos, coupled with seemingly endless piles of bodies and everything else that the plagues of history brought with it.
The fact that Zobrist succeeded in his plan and the virus was actually administered to the world really gives you something to think about. Was Zobrist actually the villain? Or did he potentially save the human race? The answer is never really given, and instead Elizabeth Sinskey and Sienna Brooks go to Geneva to have a meeting with the World Health Organization about “preparing” for the future. A straight answer is never given as to if what happened was a great or terrible thing. Then again, throughout history, the words great and terrible have often been used synonymously.
I think that "Inferno" is a lot heavier than the other three books in the Robert Langdon series. While "The Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons", and "The Lost Symbol" were all fast-paced thrillers, "Inferno" brings up some very interesting questions that, whether the reader wants to or not, ends up thinking about. (less)
(Spoilers) This book is apparently a “Game of Thrones for teens”. Aside from some minor similarities, I don’t really see the connection. Magnus is in l...more(Spoilers) This book is apparently a “Game of Thrones for teens”. Aside from some minor similarities, I don’t really see the connection. Magnus is in love with his sister, Lucia. There, a Game of Thrones reference (Cersei and Jaime, anyone?). However, we know right from the summary of the book that they’re not actually blood related. Either way, that’s pretty much as far as it goes, in my opinion. If there were any other similarities, I must have missed them.
I didn’t hate this book, I actually enjoyed it, and I read it all at once. This was a fast-paced novel, with an interesting enough plot line that I actually wanted to know what was going to happen. However, it was very obviously a YA novel. I didn’t like the way the author introduced the characters in the beginning. Their personalities were inconstant, and a lot of their character traits weren’t developed and shown through their words and actions, but instead written right on the page, as though we’re just supposed to take the author’s word for it. However, once the story got moving, the characters proved that they were exactly as the author said they were. I only think it would have been better to leave it at that instead of saying in the beginning what these characters were like and how they behaved. It just didn’t flow very naturally, in my opinion.
Each character was different, I will admit that.
Magnus: was brooding and passive toward many things. While there were many times that he was a complete jerk and his actions were wholly unjustified, I felt an ounce of sympathy for him because his father has no use for him (until he murders his other, bastard, son), his sister/not sister doesn’t feel the way he feels, his mother appears to not give a crap about him and everyone else just seems to use him when they need him. However, he does the same to everyone else, so you can’t feel sorry for him there. It seems that all Magnus wants is approval from somebody, and as much as the author tried to show that Magnus’s heart had turned to ice and he didn’t care about anything anymore, and that he was going to do everything to live up to his father’s King of Blood reputation, it was obvious that he still cared for people, otherwise, he would have let his father carve out Amia’s eyes instead of arranging for her to escape.
Lucia: was gentle and kind. She was actually king of boring to read about. Since she is this soon-to-be “all powerful”, “element-wielding”, elementia sorceress, the first in a thousand years, you really want to root for her. But she doesn’t do anything to make herself appear more interesting. The author tries to shove in your face that she’s actually a very strong, independent girl, but so far all she has done is what everyone else tells her to do. Also, the fact that she couldn’t see or even sense that Magnus’s feelings were a little more than brotherly is hard to believe, given that is seemed almost everyone else in Limeros had guessed it.
Jonas: was angry and thoughtful. Right from the beginning, Jonas is entirely consumed with vengeance and the lust for revenge against Cleo. This is strange because he seems to hate her more than Aron, even though it was Aron that killed his brother, not Cleo. The lack of times he even gives any thought to seeking revenge against Aron makes me believe that Jonas actually has some weird crush on Cleo. Just because she’s beautiful. I mean, that can be the only reason why. She stood by and watched as her friend murdered his brother, that’s not exactly a redeeming personality trait. I find it hard to believe that Jonas, along with everyone else in Paelsia, is so willing and unquestioning about giving something like 2/3 of the money they earn from their wine sales (the country’s only source of income, it would seem) to the Chief in taxes. The whole country is in poverty, yet Chief Basilius sits in luxury, walled off from the rest of them? I don’t see how everyone is okay with this.
Cleo: was stubborn and spoiled. She was reckless and thoughtless and didn’t care if her actions got anyone else in trouble. While the author tried to tell us that she was actually a caring and loving person, actions speak louder than words and all I seen was a girl who is accustomed to getting everything she wants. The fact that she ran off to Paelsia, despite already making a bad impression for Auranos (which she is the princess of) the first time she went, makes her seem brainless. I understand that she wanted to save her sister, but she couldn’t have picked a worse time. I find the fact that the heir to the Auranian throne, Cleo’s older sister Emilia, is deathly ill, is just a little too convenient. It was obvious that Emilia was never going to make it because Cleo has to become the sole heir and the last hope for Auranos. This bugged me because I really didn’t like Cleo, it seemed like the author tried too hard to make her seem perfect. The fact that she possesses the Kindred kind of makes me mad and I’m kind of hoping that Alexius (millennium-old Watcher-man) gets it back. And although the author tried to make Cleo seem strong and resilient, she seemed way too eager to play damsel in distress for Theon.
It seemed like the author wanted to try and give this story certain elements that Game of Thrones possesses, one of them being the fact that she kills off so many characters. However, I did not approve of the way she did this, because it just came off like she was killing characters for the sake of killing characters. Killing Sabina, even though she was a vile woman, didn’t make sense. There could have been a lot of potential with her as a villain, because at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a solid villain aside from the King of Blood, Gaius, Magnus’s dear destructive daddy. I guess I understand that the author killed Theon so that Cleo would be broken and then have to suffer the loss of her sister and father as well, and with her mother already being dead, it would leave her all alone and angry. But Theon and Cleo’s relationship was so two-dimensional and sudden and almost non-existent, that I couldn’t be bothered with the apparent heartache that Cleo felt.
I also found it hard to believe that no one suspected that the King of Blood, known for being cruel and ruthless, would betray Chief Basilius, except for Jonas, who didn’t seem to do much to plead his suspicions. I think I would have liked to see more history in this book. History of the people, of Mytica as a whole, and of the Sanctuary and the Watchers, which has been given so little backstory. It also would have been nice to know something of what lies across the Silver Sea. There was talk that there is, indeed, land over there, but it would seem that no one knew anything else about it.
Another thing that I didn’t see the point of was Cleo’s little “deep, dark secret”. I think the author created this secret, that Cleo slept with Aron when she was drunk, just so that she could have a reason for Cleo not standing up to Aron and actually doing something useful with herself. To me this secret seemed forced and over-dramatized. That, and the fact that it will probably never be mentioned again, because Aron is more than likely dead now, just makes it seem pointless. I would have rather the author admit that Cleo wasn’t as strong as she pretended to be, instead of hiding behind her mistakes. That could have been a real chance for some character development.
However, although it seems like I’m only complaining about this book, I did genuinely like it and I will be reading the sequel. This book didn’t lag, which I liked, and it didn’t force any long-winded, corny, mushy, cheesy as hell romances on the reader. I liked the amount of action in this book and even though the characters have many unfortunate qualities, so do many people in real life, which makes me glad that the characters aren’t all Mary-Sues who never do anything wrong. I’m grateful that each character was different from the next and they were all individuals, I’ve read far too many books where, even though it’s from different points of view, all the characters sound and act alike. I don’t think the fault is in the characters, I think it might just have been the way they were delivered. Regardless, this story has interested me and I’m anticipating the next book with a degree of excitement. (less)
I think this book was a fairly good read, of course, it's been about a year and a half since I last read it, but I still remember it well. I chose to...moreI think this book was a fairly good read, of course, it's been about a year and a half since I last read it, but I still remember it well. I chose to give this book 3 stars because, while it was a bit eerie and didn't lag (which are great qualities to find in a paranormal novel) I found that it could have been better than it was. The main character, Alexis, is a rather entertaining character to follow, however, I don't think she needed a love interest. Now, I know that this is a YA novel, and there's some weird unwritten code that states in every YA novel, the main character has to get a love interest, but I really think Alexis didn't need one because it was completely irrelevent and pointless to the story. I do reccommend this book, though, because the first time I read it, I remember really enojying it (I think I was about 12 years old) but every time I reread it after that, it just didn't have the same effect, and that might be because of personal experiences that tainted my opinion on this novel, but nonetheless I think children who are 12 years old might really enjoy it.(less)