Well, you did it. You made it to the end of the book. What did you think? Were you surprised by the ending? Do you still feel a little confused? I first read this book years ago when it first came out, and I had completely forgotten the ending, so when I re-read it this month, I was shocked.
What was most surprising to you—the fact that Sienna wasn’t who she said she was, or the fact that they weren’t able to stop the plague before it got out? Or, were you most surprised by the fact that the plague was not an infection like the Bubonic plague, but instead rendered some people barren? That might have been the most bizarre thing to me. I couldn’t really understand the science of an airborne virus that could change a person’s DNA, but I was still astonished by the idea.
In the last few chapters, we learn that Sienna was FS-2080, and she had close ties to Zobrist. I was stunned by that. I really assumed that Dr. Ferris was FS-2080. Did anyone else think that? And, in the last few chapters, we learn that Langdon wasn’t really shot in the head; instead, it was all a big ploy to stop Langdon from helping the World Health Organization. How believable did you find that part? Do you believe that some big corporation could work to create a huge illusion that could completely alter a person’s conception of reality?
I thought it was nice that Langdon and Sienna were able to become friendly again by the end of the book. And, I’m glad that Sienna found some redemption and was able to help the WHO. I liked her as a character, so I’m glad that she didn’t end up finishing the book as Zobrist’s accomplice.
I think the hardest part of this book was keeping track of all of the places and art works. The Florence Inferno website, which I mentioned in an earlier blog post, helped, but I still had a hard time really visualizing everything. This video was helpful for me because it shows some of the real-world places mentioned in the book. Make sure you check it out.
I am really interested to hear what you thought of the end of the book, so share your comments below. If you haven’t read Dan Brown before, does this book make you want to read more of his books? If you have read his other books, how do you think this one stacks up?
I hope you enjoyed the book and will join us again next month as we read Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Talk to you then!