My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I gave Inferno a star for its erudite commentary about art, history and Dante. But if I were really more interested in those things, I would have picked up an academic commentary.
As fiction, I found Inferno risible. Characters were hardly more than plot devices (see e.g. Vayentha). The plot had a pseudo-frantic pace, laced with an irritating sense of mystery dramatized only by the protagonist’s amnesia. Plot twists were trite and unimpactful.
True to Dan Brown’s style, Inferno attempts to deal with controversial issues and ideas ahead of its time. But it tries too hard to weave in the academic baggage, dragging the plot’s rhythm and making its ostentatiously mysterious and thriller-ish story really quite a stuffy read.
Watching a TEDtalk would have better sufficed.