Whoever You Are.
Whatever You Believe.
Everything Is About To Change.
The stunningly inventive new novel from the world’s most popular thriller writer
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.
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.
Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.
If you love the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown then you’ll like this and if you have been rolling your eyes every time he came out with a new book why are you even bothering?
It was definitely better than Lost Symbol but to me Angels and Demons will always be his best.
If you read Inferno, or at least saw the movie, you know that had a plot which was supposed to have a global impact with deep ramifications for Langdon yet you could easily read this book without having read that one and been perfectly fine. Despite the hugeness of Inferno, Origin’s story and characters weren’t affected by it which seemed a bit weird. But like Angels and Demons we get more of the battle between religion and science as we follow Langdon on his never ending journey to follow clues and foil the bad guys.
If you allow him to, Brown will have you thinking about tech, faith, scientific advancements and modern culture on deep levels that will offer stimulating conversation for your next group get together. His work may be fiction but he does pose many real life questions wound around twists, suspenseful action scenes, realistic character motivations and dialogue and a great ending. Origin offers even more philosophical questions, conundrums and ethical moments than we’ve seen in a while; not since his first 2 Robert Langdon books has he really pushed this many buttons. Like his previous works I found myself taking notes and doing a bit of research on my own to discover where he drew the line between fact and fiction because he offers some scary probabilities.
If all that wasn’t enough we are treated to a great conclusion that is going to have you chomping at the bit for your friends to be finished so you can pick it apart from excitement together.
Now we just need to be on the lookout for Origin to hit the theaters.
*Disclosure I have his 4 previous Robert Langdon books in the illustrated versions because I’m a bit of Langdon fan 🙂
Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for allowing me to review this!
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