Very plot-driven, melodramatic and suspenseful, the book successfully intrigued me and captured my full attention although I don't think I would've made it through if I had read the unabridged version of 1300++ pages. Edmond Dantes seeks to avenge those who had wronged him by turning himself into a new persona, the Count of Monte Cristo, and cleverly orchestrates his enemies' downfall. But by playing God and punishing those he deemed sinful, I think in the end Dantes corrupts his own soul. Although the ending seemed like somewhat a happy one — Dantes cancels his plans to punish himself and goes to live with a young lady who loves him — I think he will always be dogged by his conscience that he had harmed not only the guilty but also the innocent. And that is the price he has to pay for seeking vengeance.