Origin – Dan Brown

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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.

My opinion

I love the books by Dan Brown. As long as I can remember, I’ve read his book in just a day or two and they keep me interested until the end. I always look forward to his books and despite the fact that there were some delivery problems with this book, I just couldn’t hardly wait to start reading when it finally arrived. I didn’t finish the book in a day, but after two days, I could finally finish the book.

I’ve read most of Dan Brown’s books in Dutch, but I wanted to read it in English this time. That made it somewhat difficult for me at times. ‘Origin’ is about the human existence and the evolution. There’s a whole lot of theory and science involved and that may be hard if you don’t fully understand the whole thing. That was a reason I didn’t read as fast as I would normally have. Luckily, the story itself wasn’t the problem, because at times I was on the edge of my seat because it was so tense!

Robert Langdon always has a female sidekick which makes the story a litle more fun and relatable. Not really an original part of his stories, as Dan Brown uses a somewhat standard format in all his books. That doesn’t mean I don’t like them, I do love them. You do know some of the outline though, but Dan Brown always finds a way to surprise you. That’s what he did in ‘Origin’. You think you know how it ends (or at least I did!), but that ended up somewhat different.

What I really enjoyed about ‘Origin’ is that it made me think about the human evolution and the whole discussion around it. I think that’s very interesting and maybe even mysterious. I thought the ending was also something that had to sink in and despite it’s a story of fiction, I can see that happening in the future. Dan Brown really surprised me with that!

Conclusion

‘Origin’ by Dan Brown is a fantastic thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s got a surprising ending and will definitely make you think. I really enjoyed it.

Details

Origin by Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #5
Published by Bantam Press
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780593078754

You can buy the book on Bookdepository.

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