Brown's premise earned a side eye from me in the opening of the book. He essentially promises us answers to two of life's basic questions that will be shocking, revelatory, and that will make religion obsolete. That is a tall order, and as much as I enjoy Brown's fun and incredible quests and his ever-engaging hero, Robert Langdon, I couldn't see how Brown could deliver. And he doesn't, really. The answers, when they are finally revealed, are pat and expected. But don't let that scare you away from a story that is full of twists and turns and employs Brown's usual puzzles, codes, encryptions, and thinking games. If nothing else, read the book for the rich visual descriptions of Barcelona, the Spanish royal residences, and the incredible otherworldly architecture of Antonio Gaudi.
NOTE: Don't continue reading if you have yet to read the book. Did anyone else catch the discrepancy between the presentation given to the 3 clerics and the one given to the public? It was not explained anywhere, unless we were to understand that the change in endings was part of the machinations of Winston.
Another great book by Dan Brown. I especially enjoyed it because years ago when we visited Madrid, we visited sites in and around Madrid. I like how religious beliefs are questioned by the masses.
Where do we come from?
Where are we going?
Two questions proposed by Edmond Kirsch, Professor Robert Langdon's inventor, futurist, game theorist, and prominent atheist friend. He brings the world together to submit these questions, and ultimately provide a scientific answer to them. Unfortunately, some shady things go down and the presentation is cut short. What unravels afterward is typical author Dan Brown fare; suspense, intrigue, action, adventure, and a whole lot of heady dialogue.
If you've read or watched other Dan Brown offerings, you are aware that the "Robert Langdon" series deals heavily with themes of religion vs history/science. Origin brings this conversation to the direct center of the book. Brown's narrative is built around the mystery of what the character Edmond Kirsch was going to bring to light. Langdon goes on a journey to release the information, accompanied by the future queen of Spain... Seriously.
In my personal opinion, this book has a lot of elements that Brown executes on at a very high level. His drama, adventure, and suspense hold up against with the best. Although his prose is monotonous at times, he makes up for it in action and continuous plot momentum.
Where I feel like I have to give a small push back is the inherent nature of the book. Edmond Kirsch is a passionate atheist, bent on his discovery eliminating religion and making way for science to rule the land. Without divulging too much information, I feel like the climax of finding out what his discovery is doesn't give religion the "knock out punch" Kirsch hoped for. But, that's coming from some one with a pretty deep faith background.
Anyway, this book is fun and totally worth a read!
Love that Dan Brown researched the architecture in Barcelona. Will only see the movie if
Tom Hanks is in it. Light fast read.
More of the same, yet falls short of the level set by "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Probably the easiest book of the five to get through in terms of readability, it manages to do just enough to keep you engaged and wondering about where the plot is heading. If you like the Langdon series, chances are you will enjoy this book.
Unlike other comments here I found the book completely engaging in spite of Dan using his typical 'formula' of Langdon and a woman both chasing and being chased. The addition of a visionary tech mogul who brings up the renown questions of where we came from and will head via AI is brilliant in itself. Having read all of his books, this one rates as high if not higher than his most popular "DaVinci Code". And Langdon as always proves his ability to decipher even the most challenging codes or symbols which in this book are shown graphically. Highly recommended.
A very good, light read. Emphasis on "light". It did keep my attention, though, right through. Which is why it will probably be made into a movie!
Fun and ridiculous. Exactly what I ordered. I do really enjoy the bits of history and science splattered about these cartoonish adventures. I find myself googling images and looking up all sorts of fascinating things as I read Brown's books. However, in this one, the big reveal at the end, the discovery that Brown promised us would cause the collapse of all the world's religions and stun mankind was, well, not astonishing at all. The world's religions will all be quite fine at the end of all this silliness and we readers are left to question what all the fuss was about. I was entertained, though. Mission accomplished.
Unfortunately after reading Brown's 5th book, I still stand by "Angels & Demon's" and "The Da Vinci Code" being my two favorite Robert Langdon books. The book seemed to both drag in parts and yet have a plot that went by fast...I don't know how. A couple of the twists I figured out early on and the climax was a bit of a let down. Also, I initially liked this series because of it's focus on puzzles and symbology since that is Langdon's profession. This book didn't really have a lot of that and what it did seemed forced. A bit of a letdown.
This book is not one of his best works.
I found the plot dragged on and the ending wasn't as exciting (almost anticlimactic) as his other books. The "big secret" that Kirch was preparing to present to the world wasn't thought provoking at all.
Robert Langdon returns yet again in another art, architecture, and deep dark secrets preposterous plot novel by Dan Brown, this time set largely in Spain and playing around with the notion of where life began and where it's all going. The usual elements are all there: art history, philosophy, tech fascination, science versus religion, relentless henchmen, misunderstandings with the authorities, Langdon on the run with a beautiful woman in beautiful locations, and more than a few plotholes big enough to push the Guggenheim through.
Although Brown follows the same prescription of moderate, galvanizing action I loved the facts he included with his fiction. The museum air filtered meticulously of air particulates and oxidants then moistened.....The authors input on the future of evolving technology is interesting as well as the usual architecture of the locale. Edmond Kirsch was attempting to solve the mysteries of creation and destiny and we wait, a long time, to find out. I feel Brown brought us into a more forward thinking story than his others and found it an enjoyable read.
Always enjoy the ideeas that Dan Brown books debate. Each is a combination of travel, philosophy and murder-mistery book. This one as well.
I think that Robert Langdon is such a darn nice guy it's hard not to want to know what he's up to! During fast paced conflicts and imminent danger Langdon can always take the time to educate everyone around him about art and history. Fun.
Ok not one of his best but I like the fun fact "All art, architecture, locations, science, and religious organizations in this novel are real." Its what make his book so fun to read. This one set most in Barcelona, it is worth googling the architectural wonders to see what he is taling about.
I'm taking Dan off my authors to read list. This is the second one I've left unfinished (the third in the series), and didn't even bother to try the fourth. Clearly he's not evolving as a writer. His characters are lifeless, his plots are adrift, and on the whole his writing lacks substance. I loved the first two, but he's become a hack.
was looking forward to another fast paced Robert Langdon book as the previous ones. this one is not like that. I actually had to push myself to the end of this one. although the purpose of this story is finally revealed at the end and is very thought provoking, it seemed like a very long slow road to get there. as a whole was disappointed in this book.
A thought-provoking, call-to-action thriller that follows Dan Brown's now-familiar formula (science vs. religion).
I bought this book without knowing anything about it as I think Dan Brown is a very talented author and the research for his books is unmatched. I was strongly hoping for something besides another Robert Langdon book - he has a couple others outside of the series are quite good.
This book definitely falls into the same story arch as the other books in the series, especially Inferno. But that being said it is still a great read with an intriguing underlying concept.
On a side note, I hope they find someone other than Tom Hanks to play Langdon in the movie. He is amazing - but just not what I think of for this character.
This one drags a bit. I skipped a couple of disks, and didn't feel like I really missed anything.
A very slow book at the beginning, middle and for most of the end. Mr Brown loved describing locations in detail while letting his story drag along.
I have enjoyed his other books but this one was almost not worth finishing.
Typical Dan Brown story line. Beautiful girl,religious and government subterfuge, hero and friend on the run. Still it was his usually exciting good read.
Docent author Brown/Langdon took us on another adventurous road trip through Spain and Budapest while offering the modernistic view on the origin of man. An exceptional stimulating read thanks to his years of meticulous research in writing this novel. From the epilogue:
Over the past four years, a wide array of scientists, historians, curators, religious scholars, and organizations generously offered assistance as I researched this novel. Words cannot begin to express my appreciation to all of them for their generosity and openness in sharing their expertise and insight.
Okay, author Dan Brown’s writing may never win critical acclaim, his characters are not well-developed, and his plots don’t always make a lot of sense, but his books can be darn entertaining. ORIGIN is not his best (in my opinion ANGELS AND DEMONS belongs at the top), however Brown does incorporate relevant subjects and hot topics from today’s news into the plot line. I consider Brown’s books as glorified travelogues and ORIGIN does not disappoint. Keep your iPhone or iPad handy as you read so you can look up all the fascinating locations and attractions featured in his stories… my bucket list of “places to visit” just got longer. So suspend belief for a while, grab a bowl of popcorn, dive into ORIGIN, and enjoy the ride.
Origin is an attempt at answering the questions "Where did we come from and where are we going?" So is this book fiction, faction, thriller, or Sci-fi? I would have to say all of the above. Dan Brown's Professor Langdon once more is caught in the middle of an intriguing plot and sets out to solve Edmond Kirsch's puzzle and yes as always with a pretty woman in tow. Will religion triumph or science? We don't find out till the end and it's worth reading to find out.