The Infernova: An Infidel Reinvents Dante's Hell
The introduction reads "Two unlikely facts collided at the event of my birth, with potentially lethal consequences. The first fact concerned the genes that my parents carried in their cells. The second fact concerned the memes they carried in their heads." After reading this first paragraph I knew I was in for an interesting read. I understand genes and how they influence our lives genetically, however, my interest was sparked by what memes his parents had and would attempt to pass on. With a little more reading I found out: Jehovah's Witness and their interpretations of the Bible. At that moment I knew this will be a page turner, and I have to say it didn't disappoint me.
I have to admit that at first I had a hard time getting into the flow of reading poetry that rhymed but once I "got it" I was able to continue to delve into the thoughts of an atheist. The other thing I have to admit is that I consider myself spiritual and do have a personal God. However, I also have to make a statement at this point that I had no qualms whatsoever with Alenthony's views on ideology. In fact, I agreed with many of them.
Combining personal experiences with satiric and reasonable worldview, Alenthony encourages readers to step back from their own beliefs and look at how decisions are made, not only on a personal level but on a global level including those within government, private, and religious institutions. Reading "The Infernova" with an open mind will give enough food for thought to either strengthen one's own beliefs or step back, look at the questioned beliefs and consider reframing memes that have been passed down for generations.
This is a relevant read. Highly recommended for those with an open mind.