I’m an avid reader but haven’t done a book review of late on the blog. In my bid to revive this section I’m going to frequently share my thoughts about books I’ve read, both old and new releases. If you’re a reader and looking for honest reviews, please stay tuned.
Today I’m reviewing a book I was most excited to read, Origin by Dan Brown. I’m a big fan of Dan Brown’s books and the Robert Langdon series in particular. Origin is the latest one in this series.
About the book
The tussle about how the world came into existence has kept creationists and atheists at loggerheads for centuries. With this book Dan Brown offers both perspectives logically without favouring either of them. This fictional account takes you to the city of Barcelona, Spain. Billionaire and tech-wizard, Edmond Kirsch, has made a technological breakthrough that will answer the question “Where do we come from?” once and for all and wants to share it with the world.
All hell breaks loose when Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology, his teacher and dear friend, along with Ambra Vidal, Guggenheim Museum director and future queen of Spain are entrusted with the responsibility of completing his work. Their quest brings them face-to-face with a murderer, takes them to distinguished places of historical importance and introduces them to an extraordinary advancement in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Dan Brown has a knack of transporting you to a different world with his writing and this book is no exception. His detailed description of the Guggenheim Museum, Casa Mila and La Sagrada Familia makes you visualise and appreciate these architectural marvels. Equally impressive is his way of weaving fiction around a topic that has been discussed for the longest time.
The human and vulnerable side of religious men has been handled delicately and is interesting to read. Science and technology may have grown by leaps and bounds but religion can never be made redundant. Origin attempts to handle this tug of war by reiterating acceptance of modernisation as a possible solution. However, it seems a bit far-fetched and half-baked at times. Also, Robert Langdon uses his eidetic memory to crack difficult codes and passwords which sometimes happens too easily.
In totality though, Origin leaves you with a lot to ponder long after you’ve turned the last page. This might not be the best book in the series but is definitely worth a read.
My rating: *** 3/5 stars
About the author
Dan Brown is the author of the highly popular The Da Vinci Code and has bestsellers like Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol and Inferno to his credit. Deception Point and Digital Fortress are his other internationally acclaimed stand-along thrillers.
Available in: Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover