ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Adult, Fiction, Suspense
Publishing: October 3, 2017 (Doubleday Books)
Source: Self-purchased finished copy from Barnes & Noble
“We are now perched on a strange cusp of history, a time when the world feels like it’s been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always a precursor to sweeping change; transformation is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness.”
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.
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.
Dan Brown. My auto-buy author. My favorite author.
Basically, the second I heard that Dan Brown was releasing a new book after nearly four and a half years, I fangirled — HARD — then scrambled to find out the scoop. I have devoured (and loved) every single Dan Brown book, and I was very much anticipating the release of Origin.
Origin is another installment in Robert Langdon’s story. Although there have been five Robert Langdon books, you can certainly read them as standalones. I do think Langdon’s character growth can be better seen if you read all of his novels in order, but again, it is not necessary.
Robert Langdon is driven on a dangerous route to try to help his friend, Edmond Kirsch, after Kirsch’s plans to unveil something that could change the faces of science and religion go sour. Alongside the beautiful Ambra Vidal and another surprising assistant, Langdon encounters religious extremists and discovers unknown history while pondering the major themes of Kirsch’s discovery: “where did we come from and where are we going?”
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Speaking (errr…writing) candidly, if you’re looking for something earth shatteringly original, depending on how much you like the type of book Dan Brown writes, this may not be something you enjoy. Quite frankly, these Robert Langdon books have a basic structure, similar plot arcs, and generic female protagonists co-starring with Langdon. However, the premise is always unique and thought provoking.
I am a Dan Brown fan because his writing is decent overall and his books keep me on the edge of my seat. I’m essentially a broken record saying “one more chapter” till I eventually finish because he finds ways to keep me eagerly hanging on time and time again. It was no different with Origin.
Robert Langdon is one of my favorite literary characters, but to explain that in more detail would spoil prior Langdon books, so I will simply say that starting with The DaVinci Code through Origin, I have seen an evolution in his character and I truly enjoy seeing where Brown takes him each book.
There are quite a few characters I loved to hate in this book, too, which I always appreciate. Who doesn’t love a good villain, right!?! I also never thought I would end a book saying one of my favorite characters was not a person (read the book to find out more about that one!).
Overall, if you like mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels and you are willing and able to read with an open mind (due to content), I would highly recommend Origin. I am now keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to wait quite so long till I hear from Mr. Brown again!
Until next time…xo