Origin by Dan Brown
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Publication Date: 12th July 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
My Thoughts & Review
This is the last book in my Dan Brown collection that had been sitting on my TBR shelves collecting dust. Last year I picked the title out of my TBR jar for the TBR Challenge but I never picked it up so I added it back onto this year’s challenge and I finally managed to read it and move it to my read shelves and it’s now sitting nicely with the my other Dan Brown books.
Origin follows Robert Langdon on another trip to discover the truth about the Origin. This time Langdon’s adventures are in Spain. Although this one felt a little similar to previous storylines, at the same time it was more scientific.
Dan Brown has done a great job once again in describing the scenery and providing detailed informative descriptions. Yes, at time there were moments where I found the book to be a little bit too philosophical. This is where I found the book to become a little slow and boring but I managed to push pass these bits and ended up liking what I read.
Every time I read a book in the Langdon series I’ve always had a love hate relationship with Langdon’s character, and it was no different in this book. Sometimes I feel like Langdon character frustrating especially when he gets himself into situations that you know he could have avoided. And then on the other hand I also feel sorry for him as he seems to find himself sucked into conspiracies.
Origin was a good read but my favourite will always be The Da Vinci Code. Doesn’t what anyone says. I know Dan Brown books aren’t for everyone and there are haters of his work out there, but I like them and I would recommend them especially the earlier one.
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