“Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.”
― Dan Brown,
The first thing I should say is that I am a huge fan of Dan Brown. I have read all of his novels and I was in line at midnight to buy this one. I went into this book with very high expectations and I was not disappointed. This is now my favorite Dan Brown novel in a long list of books that I love. I loved the story and the end of the book stayed with me for days.
This book starts out and builds like any other book: foundation of the story, crazy mystery that we have to run towards with a clock ticking down… and then, the twist: they get there and find out that the disease they were trying to stop had already been released. Not that the whole book was a wasted story or anything but what a crazy twist!
The whole ending of the book is what stuck with me so much. This disease is released that will cause 1 in 3 people to be infertile and the question then becomes “Do we stop it?” It’s a hard question because this is essentially making a third of the population – completely random population – and not allowing them the chance to bear children… BUT that would ultimately stop the world from becoming overpopulated and would essentially save the planet. It’s a crazy thought but it also makes you ponder your answer to it.
Any book that stays with you like this one is what I want in a book. I want to be so drawn into a story that I ponder it and keep it with me for days, weeks, months… I went in with very high expectations from Mr. Brown and I was not disappointed.