Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

The author of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, is back again with his new book. Titled, Origin, it is the fifth installment in the Robert Langdon series. Primarily set in Spain, the book is, yet again a paradoxical interplay between religion and science. Almost all his books have a similar central plot. And of course, in typical Dan Brown style, one could expect a whirlwind tour of Spain. 

Critics have seldom been kind with Dan Brown’s books, yet it is no denying that his books have been best sellers. The books may seem to be loaded with scientific jargon, or may read like a travelogue, but I must say I personally don’t mind them. You may not love his books, but you can’t really ignore them too. Origin has managed to sell over 1,00,000 copies in the UK alone, in the first five days of its publication (Times of India data source).

Origin, delves deep into the conflicting thoughts that have always haunted us humans- one between science and religion. Robert Langdon chases clues trying to answer and put together theories, beliefs and scientific evidences. In Bilbao, Spain, his former student Edmond, is all set to unveil a new discovery that will answer two fundamental questions of humanity.

“Where do we come from?

“Where are we going?”

A tech savvy billionaire and futurist who make prophecies by use of science, Edmond is all set to present his discovery to the world on a very grand scale. However things are cut short, and what results is utter chaos. Langdon accompanied by the museum director, flee the spot, trying to put together a hell lot of clues on poetry and art, to try and reveal Edmond’s discovery to the world.

It’s a journey through the roads of Spain, across to Barcelona. Brown gently sketches the years of tug-of-war, existing between scientists and religious clerics. He tries to create a picture of what reality may have been and what it could be in the future years to come. A futuristic book, Brown speaks of a war with technology, at the same time, challenging the basis of theology, throwing in artificial intelligence and scientific discoveries all through.

A book that pits creationism against religion, Dan Brown’s take on God and science did give food for inward introspection. I surely don’t consider myself an atheist. But did end up questioning some basic facts of religion and began looking up to physics for answers. Every dialogue has two points of view, and I loved the way Brown brought out both points of view through his characters.

What failed for me in the book is the story progression. The narration couldn’t captivate me for long, and I found myself skipping pages quite often. As a thriller, it’s vital to hold the readers interest by pacing out the story, timing the unraveling of suspense and maintaining the general progression in narrative. On these grounds, Brown’s writing was a no charmer. The book did discuss intriguing topics, yet it failed to create the desired stimulation, expected in such genre of books. It lacked the intensity of Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons.

Origin isn’t Dan Brown at his best. An average read indeed!!! Could be your cup of tea if you love futuristic reads.

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6 comments

  1. I have read all of the Robert Langdon series except this one. Even Lost Symbol didn’t feel that great to me as the previous ones. I will give Origin a try though. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your honest view, Ramya. 🙂

  2. After Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, I have not really enjoyed reading Dan Brown. They all feel the same. In fact, even Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons are big let downs at the end of the book. His Digital Fortress is also a good one. He builds up the stories well, but the endings are flat.

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