Rating: ** Suggested Age: 14
Summary: “While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
The stakes are raised when Langdon uncovers a startling link: The late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. Langdon suspects they are on the hunt for a breathtaking historical secret, one that has proven through the centuries to be as enlightening as it is dangerous. In a frantic race through Paris, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu find themselves matching wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to anticipate their every move. Unless they can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle, the Priory’s secret—and an explosive ancient truth—will be lost forever.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Sadly, I didn’t find The Da Vinci Code as entertaining as I had hoped. It took me more than two weeks to read when it should have taken me a week at most. I couldn’t bring myself to read for more than fifteen minutes because nothing about this book captured my attention. At some points, I felt as though it was interesting enough, but my opinions never went farther than that. Overall, I was extremely disappointed with this book.
THINGS I LIKED
I found the premise of the book really interesting, which is why I was compelled to read it in the first place. I once watched a documentary that was also about the Holy Grail and this book. Since I enjoyed the documentary (surprisingly, I’m not actually a documentary person).
I enjoyed the occasional chapter or so because they were sometimes interesting. I’m a sucker for a good mystery when it comes down to it, so I found some parts decent enough to rate it two stars instead of one.
That’s about it for the parts of The Da Vinci Code that I liked, but I honestly wish there were more. Rating a book with this few of stars really disappoints me.
THINGS I DISLIKED
Dan Brown wrote this book as though he held up a thesaurus during the editing process and replaced every word with a synonym of it. From the first paragraph, I was already annoyed.
The chapters were really short. I’m not actually sure what my opinion on chapter size lengths is. I suppose, I don’t like them drastically long (think, thirty pages) or obnoxiously short (think, three pages). I like something in between that. This book’s chapters were in between one page and six pages, with maybe one or two actually making a comfortable size length for me. When I read books with short chapters, I feel like everything’s too rushed and it messes with the pacing way too much.
I didn’t like the romance that much either because I seemed really contrived. I don’t exactly believe that every book needs to have a love interest in it, not if it’s not essential to the plot. Love was not essential to the plot in this book.
I found the writing bland and the story boring. I went into it hoping for an exciting mystery, especially with my mom raving about it. It wasn’t exciting. I just found everything rather plain. Maybe I needed more magic or maybe I was hoping for more character development (I live for character development).
Lastly, I found all the constant switching from point of view confusing and unnecessary. Some authors can switch POV really well, but Dan Brown is not one of them. The worst part about POV switches is when you can’t stand reading one of the character’s parts. That was how I felt about reading Silas’s POV. His part was dry and unexciting (a trend here).
Like I said, this book was a huge disappointment to me. I don’t really recommend it, unless you want to be disappointed as well (or maybe not, it depends on who you are). Also, I’m not sure if I’m interested in watching the movie anymore, not when the book fell so flat for me.