Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Title: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Historical Thriller

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Published: October 3, 2017

Page Amount: 461 pages

Goodreads Summary: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in 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.

Why Read: This year has been a BIG year in  terms of books. First came the new John Le Carre, the new Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and we’ve gotten treated to a new Dan Brown book! These are the years I live for, when all of my sequels get written, and when all of my questions are (mostly answered). Granted, Robert Langdon always has his endings perfectly tied up at the end of a novel so I’m never really “waiting.” At the end of September, however, when the first Chapter was released as a teaser… I suddenly became very impatient. Much as I wanted this book in paperback, I have acquired the e-book because hello, it’s Dan Brown – the reading had to happen and fast.

Review: By now, the stories of Dan Brown are legend. Da Vinci Code is one of the best selling novels of all time. When Origin was being marketed, I admit – I was excited. I adore Dan Brown, that web he weaves of historical content and current day ramifications – it’s one of maybe my favourite kinds of books. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure too. It’s “Literature of the Masses.” And there’s nothing at all wrong with that in my expert opinion.

If you enjoy a book, and how each page evokes something hilariously unique about Robert Langdon, whether it’s his Mickey Mouse watch or his fear of small spaces – then read it. That’s how I feel anyways. Not only is Robert Langdon incredibly funny in his idiosyncrasies, but the story itself is captivating. In each of Dan Brown’s books, there’s some historical mystery to be uncovered and revealed. In this: it’s the beginning of all things. Where did we come from and where are we going? Granted, they have a secret friend to help them along (his nature I shall not disclose).

Origin is everything a Dan Brown novel should be. It’s funny, educational, and it makes you think. Sure, this is all fiction but if you’ve read the Dan Brown interview about Origin, then you know he prides himself on making sure his research is spot on. That means that the majority of the information you learn, random tidbits about this or that church, it’s all real. Which makes the job of the reader all the more fun. It forces you to think in a way that might be different than you’ve had to think before.

Like I said, I’m a huge Dan Brown fan. Whenever his books come out, I’m excited to read what new shenanigans Robert Langdon has been up to. Any review from me will include that I love the character development, the random facts of information contained in the historic monologues about religious symbology from Langdon and above all: how each chapter leaves you wanting more. There’s no doubt in my mind that we all should read this book.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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