My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The human race is (mathematically speaking) growing at much too high a rate. There will be a point where the population is so high that we will simply run out of land, food, fuels. So what’s to be done? Population control is only ethically possible through contraception and education. But what if the population were to suddenly reduce by, say half The Earth could happily continue to sustain us then. But could you do it? Murder half the population to save the species as a whole…
Fanaticism in the scientific community has bred a new type of extremist, a new kind of terrorist. One that is obsessed with Dante’s Inferno, part one of his Divine Comedy, and the literary and artistic journey through the nine circles of hell.
Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed already in the middle of an investigation, but he’s lost his memory of the last few days, and has to re-trace his steps to find again the answers to this latest mystery, whilst being pursued by an unknown military organisation. After saving his life, Dr Sienna Brooks is then also pulled into the conspiracy. Can Robert remember enough to solve the puzzle before time runs out?
The black death culled a large proportion of the population. The result: The Renaissance period of art, culture, and civilisation. So should something like that happen again? It’s a tricky question, and one that’s very present and topical. You may also want to pair this novel with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy… and look to the stars.