Dan Brown’s latest novel, Origin, that follows the latest exploits of dashing professor Robert Langdon, had intriguing concepts an edge-of-your-seat mystery written all over it. I saw the cover and read the synopsis and got excited. Taking a look at the symbology on the cover, I had high hopes as to where Langdon’s mystery would lead and was looking forward to reading his conclusions and maybe learning something along the way. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the end.
Origin starts out by teasing us with a huge claim, a grand theory proposed by futurist Edmond Kirsch, (said to be based on Elon Musks – Tesla/SpaceX) – that his latest discovery will disprove God’s existence. It’s a broad statement, a firm checkmark on one side of the creationism vs. Darwinism debate. For Darwin of course.
Kirsch is the poster boy for Atheism and when he announces his forthcoming presentation that will change the world, the globe braces for the impact. But, during his presentation, Kirsch is killed and the social media masses watch in rapt fascination. Langdon and the museum director, a stunning and sophisticated woman of course – are forced to escape the authorities and go on a fact-finding mission to discover Edmond’s password and release his findings to the world, so his discovery will not be subverted by the evil Church.
It was a fun, if not very shallow male romp through Spain, with a broad analysis of modern artists, and the theories of atheism. The novel does suck you in, but only for the conclusion. Brown delivered a SOLID beginning that left me on the edge of my seat and hopeful that this was going to be an amazing book. But, the meat and potatoes of the novel left me wanting, only reading to find out the mystery. When I did finally get to the end, I was left disappointed. I won’t go into details about the ending because of spoilers, but I will say that there was a “gotcha” type ending – with the final conclusion not really proving anything, or enough to satisfy me at least. It might be enough to satisfy someone on the side of atheism, but a person with faith would not be shaken by the revelation.
Slightly Spoilery ****
My personal hopes were quite dashed, the cover of Origin hinted at – well not really, the symbols were quite in your face – the Fibonacci spiral, which is considered by some to be the signature of a Creator – god or alien it depends on your beliefs. Then with the addition of the lotus (Egyptian) and the Circumpunct (The O – solar system) again it hinted at the “star theory” as a basis. I was thinking Aliens. But – again I’m an alien type of girl.
Narration by Paul Michael was spot on, he does embody Langdon and his tone and pacing was seamless. He’s one of those narrators that doesn’t stand out, he reads you the book and you don’t even notice him. Which is the kind I like.
Overall, if you are a fan of Dan Brown, you’ll like his latest novel. It’s typical Robert Langdon. I wish it was more like the Da Vinci Code– but honestly, that was a once in a lifetime sort of book. I liked that it made me think, taught me a few things, and got me excited to read more, but the ending makes the book and in the end, I was left dissatisfied with the conclusions.
“My friends, I am not saying I know for a fact that there is no God. All I am saying is that if there is a divine force behind the universe, it is laughing hysterically at the religions we’ve created in an attempt to define it.”
Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) by Dan BrownNarrator: Paul Michael
Published by Doubleday Books on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery Thriller
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.
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