“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.”
Stop the music, play the drums and turn down the lights! From the world renowned author of Angels and Demons, and the Da Vinci Code, comes this fan fiction!
I am really trying not to be mean here. But if you read this book, then go and read Brown’s previous works, you will admit it sounds like someone took Robert Langdon, gave him the typical female companion, then for some reason, threw in elements from Toys, by James Patterson.
I am used to a smart, quick thinking and genius Robert Langdon. In this book, we have a Langdon dependent on Google and “Siri on steroids.” If I have to be honest, I have no idea what those other characters are doing in this novel.
The plot was mediocre at best. Maybe that is too harsh. Maybe I have read too many Brown novels, which means I can easily predict the end halfway through. But it feels like the plot was being stretched. In Brown’s previous books, the story always started the mystery in the first five chapters, if it had not already hit the ground running. We took something like twenty chapters in Origin, to get to the good stuff.
I suppose the setting always has something to do with the plot, especially in Brown’s novels. For the purpose of this plot, let us say the setting works, though I am unimpressed. Considering how dramatic and symbolic Dan Brown tends to be, I would have expected this to go down in Kenya, Turkey, or any country with evidence of being a human cradle.
Finding what I like about this book is difficult. After it is all said and done, this was a page-turner, as all Dan Brown books are. I only stopped reading when my body was giving up with fatigue, and the next day, I went everywhere with my laptop, even to the bathroom. Seriously.
On what I hated, I will try to be brief and relevant. What exactly is new here? The answer we receive for the origin of humankind is so common, even I kind of knew it, and I did not take science in high school. I will be fair, and say it is due to my love of Dystopia novels, I was not surprised by the answer to where we are going. I mean, truly speaking, that idea is something I have embraced will happen in a century or two.
Lastly, thumbs up on LGBT inclusion, but was that plotline necessary? Was the palace necessary? Did we really need the palace staff? My guess is it was done to lengthen the novel.
Although this long awaited book was disappointing, I am still open to reading more Robert Langdon. This one was bad, but the thrill element and the last four books give Origin a reprieve from my banishment list.
Talk to me. What do you think about Origin?
Rating: 2 stars