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I found the writing style of Angels and Demons to be painfully pretentious and occasionally ungrammatical, which is an odd combination. I found myself reading a segment out loud to my friends which would usually be a good sign. In this case, however I was laughing at the worst paragraph of "Mary-Sue ism" (meaning the author is clearly inserting him/herself into the story) I have ever seen outside of BAD fan fiction. The first run-on sentence of that paragraph: "Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the 40-year old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an "erudite" appeal - wisps of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice, and the strong, carefree style of a collegiate athlete." If this style doesn't make you roll your eyes then by all means enjoy the intricate plot. The plot itself was actually quite involving, so perhaps my one star review is stingy. I did stay with it until the end to see what happened.
We named our Miri after a character in this book!
This novel is written in an extremely novel format. The chapters featuring Blink are written in 2nd person; the chapters from Caution's point of view are written in third, I found the 2nd point of view rather difficult to read. Such a format involves a great deal of narrative and as a result the pace is extremely slow going. The characters, however, are well developed -- undoubtedly because of the points of view. Their back story is given in moderate sections, yet they do not always seem to make the reader feel like the plot is going forward. The ending is of a much faster pace and the plot has a interesting twist, being based in the idea of high finance. I think this novel might prove daunting to a number of YA readers, but it does have a message.