But the author seems to be more passionate in touring us around Florence, instead of thickening the plots in the middle part of the story.
"... to start a day with the air heavy with the aromas of morning espresso and freshly baked cornetti..."
The frequently repeated "espresso" makes me fancy the whole city of Florence overwhelmed with the aroma of coffee in the morning! Hope I can start one day of my holidays in that city with a cup of capuccino, since espresso maybe too strong for me :P
The open ending sort of expressing the authors' stand in this overpopulation problem. I'm happy to see Sienna invited to the meeting and my dislike for Zobrist is counteracted by some kind of admiration. At least he didn't remain neutral in times of moral crisis. Those who dare to take things in their hands during the emergencies deserve our respect.
"Nature has always found a way to keep human population in check--plagues,famines,floods. Isn't it possible nature found a different way this time? Instead of sending us horrific disasters and misery, it created a scientist who invented a different method of decreasing our numbers. No death. Just a species more in tune with its environment. Genetic engineering is just another step in a long line of human advances. If we don't embrace it, then we are as undeserving of life as the caveman who freezes to death because he's afraid to start a fire."
If only new inventions were not weaponized anymore. Am I wrong in using "if only"? I hope I am wrong.