I am very, very picky when it comes to books. I read a lot of reviews about this book before deciding to read it. A lot of people didn't like it, but I took the risk.
Much to my surprise, I liked this book. Wow. And I was surprised by the ending. So, I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and took a chance on this book.
An earth shaking premise-never achieved despite the usual cast of bad guys in the church-yes that church which is actually populated today by bad guys still. Sadly I rate the author against his first great success and that is perhaps unfair but inevitable. Pass on this one.
The whole book prepares us for some earth shattering information that should shatter everything that we know about where we come from and where we are heading. What a crock. In the end, after much zigzagging, we learn that... well, we learn that nothing has really change, or will change, if not that we will become... more robots than human. Well, I could have figure that out. Just look around, and all you see is people with I-Phones, I-Pads, and have you. We could say that we're already there. I know, I know, in the end the book backs down and affirms that we are still human... Forgetting all the action, we could believe that we were reading a travel guide, and maybe THAT was the best thing about this book.
Robert Langdon is again the pawn in one of the better Dan Brown thrillers. The pacing is quick, the characters are memorable and the settings and architecture are spectacular. The premis that a brilliant scientist is about to answer the age old question of "where did we come from and where are we going?," catalyzes a series of cascading events that pull the reader into the story and never let go. It's a roller coaster well worth the ride!
By trade, I am a travel agent so when I finally got my copy of Origin which has been on hold for a year, I was truly delighted because I had no idea that the central character was Spain. I'm thinking, "Oh Great, another Dan Brown tour to sell" (these are very popular). First of all, when you read the novel, have your IPhone, IPad or a computer close by because you will want to look at all of the palaces, museums, churches and edifices that he features. Start with Photo of... Truly, some of these sites are glorious, others, monstrous. You can even see photos of the art he talks about.
The story is a fun ride although I thought that the big revelation at the end was stupid. I'm not being mean here, if you want a really vile review, read Ron Charles of the Washington Post; it drips with sarcasm and pure jealousy. I had the large print at over 700 pages and finished it in 4 days which means it moves beautifully; and that's with the " photo look-ups". Some of the technical jargon was way over my head but it didn't take away from the story, and besides, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it.
It's possible that I'm even around in 2050 when all this stuff will occur. By all means, pick it up then sit back and relax to read another Langdon adventure. Way to go, Dan Brown. What's your next big reveal?
Book started...need to recheck out...
read through start of chapter 8 - pick back up on page 44
Enjoyed reading this, style-wise (thoughts in italics), and the story itself. The ending is surprising, and with the religion vs science idea-it ends with a bittersweet optimistic note. Liked to learn about the Spanish landmarks, and how the story quite follows along with actual science in this field. This would probably make a great movie.
My least favorite of the Dan Brown novels. Found myself skimming through the sometimes unnecessary padding. As another critic commented, this one was somewhat cartoonish. At least Dan Brown's writing makes for an easy read. However, would not recommend.
Where did we come from and where are we going is the study area for a computer game theorist, a study which leads to his death, angers religions and brings the symbologist, Langdon, to Spain to sort it all out. Much ado about not much and not original.
Origin is Dan Brown's latest book. It covers the tricky subject of religion and creationism while maintaining the action, suspense, and fascinating plot that Brown is known for. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors, and I wasn't let down by Origin. It follows Brown's famous symbologist, Robert Langdon, in the aftermath of one of his mentees and close friend's (Edmond Kirsch) murder, just before that friend announced something earth-shattering. He goes searching for the culprit with curator of the museum that Kirsch was shot at, Ambra Vidal, who just so happened to be the prince of Spain's fiancee. The story is full of twists and turns and will leave you wanting more, not being able to sleep with anticipation. I can't find anything wrong with it. I give it a perfect 5/5.
- @ɹǝʇsɐɯʞooq of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Brown's premise earned a side eye from me in the opening of the book. He essentially promises us answers to two of life's basic questions that will be shocking, revelatory, and that will make religion obsolete. That is a tall order, and as much as I enjoy Brown's fun and incredible quests and his ever-engaging hero, Robert Langdon, I couldn't see how Brown could deliver. And he doesn't, really. The answers, when they are finally revealed, are pat and expected. But don't let that scare you away from a story that is full of twists and turns and employs Brown's usual puzzles, codes, encryptions, and thinking games. If nothing else, read the book for the rich visual descriptions of Barcelona, the Spanish royal residences, and the incredible otherworldly architecture of Antonio Gaudi.
NOTE: Don't continue reading if you have yet to read the book. Did anyone else catch the discrepancy between the presentation given to the 3 clerics and the one given to the public? It was not explained anywhere, unless we were to understand that the change in endings was part of the machinations of Winston.
Another great book by Dan Brown. I especially enjoyed it because years ago when we visited Madrid, we visited sites in and around Madrid. I like how religious beliefs are questioned by the masses.
Enjoyed this latest book by Dan Brown. As the critics write it is classic Robert Langdon doing what he does best...getting involved in a world changing mystery!
Where do we come from?
Where are we going?
Two questions proposed by Edmond Kirsch, Professor Robert Langdon's inventor, futurist, game theorist, and prominent atheist friend. He brings the world together to submit these questions, and ultimately provide a scientific answer to them. Unfortunately, some shady things go down and the presentation is cut short. What unravels afterward is typical author Dan Brown fare; suspense, intrigue, action, adventure, and a whole lot of heady dialogue.
If you've read or watched other Dan Brown offerings, you are aware that the "Robert Langdon" series deals heavily with themes of religion vs history/science. Origin brings this conversation to the direct center of the book. Brown's narrative is built around the mystery of what the character Edmond Kirsch was going to bring to light. Langdon goes on a journey to release the information, accompanied by the future queen of Spain... Seriously.
In my personal opinion, this book has a lot of elements that Brown executes on at a very high level. His drama, adventure, and suspense hold up against with the best. Although his prose is monotonous at times, he makes up for it in action and continuous plot momentum.
Where I feel like I have to give a small push back is the inherent nature of the book. Edmond Kirsch is a passionate atheist, bent on his discovery eliminating religion and making way for science to rule the land. Without divulging too much information, I feel like the climax of finding out what his discovery is doesn't give religion the "knock out punch" Kirsch hoped for. But, that's coming from some one with a pretty deep faith background.
Anyway, this book is fun and totally worth a read!
Love that Dan Brown researched the architecture in Barcelona. Will only see the movie if
Tom Hanks is in it. Light fast read.
More of the same, yet falls short of the level set by "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Probably the easiest book of the five to get through in terms of readability, it manages to do just enough to keep you engaged and wondering about where the plot is heading. If you like the Langdon series, chances are you will enjoy this book.
Unlike other comments here I found the book completely engaging in spite of Dan using his typical 'formula' of Langdon and a woman both chasing and being chased. The addition of a visionary tech mogul who brings up the renown questions of where we came from and will head via AI is brilliant in itself. Having read all of his books, this one rates as high if not higher than his most popular "DaVinci Code". And Langdon as always proves his ability to decipher even the most challenging codes or symbols which in this book are shown graphically. Highly recommended.
A very good, light read. Emphasis on "light". It did keep my attention, though, right through. Which is why it will probably be made into a movie!
Fun and ridiculous. Exactly what I ordered. I do really enjoy the bits of history and science splattered about these cartoonish adventures. I find myself googling images and looking up all sorts of fascinating things as I read Brown's books. However, in this one, the big reveal at the end, the discovery that Brown promised us would cause the collapse of all the world's religions and stun mankind was, well, not astonishing at all. The world's religions will all be quite fine at the end of all this silliness and we readers are left to question what all the fuss was about. I was entertained, though. Mission accomplished.
Unfortunately after reading Brown's 5th book, I still stand by "Angels & Demon's" and "The Da Vinci Code" being my two favorite Robert Langdon books. The book seemed to both drag in parts and yet have a plot that went by fast...I don't know how. A couple of the twists I figured out early on and the climax was a bit of a let down. Also, I initially liked this series because of it's focus on puzzles and symbology since that is Langdon's profession. This book didn't really have a lot of that and what it did seemed forced. A bit of a letdown.
This book is not one of his best works.
I found the plot dragged on and the ending wasn't as exciting (almost anticlimactic) as his other books. The "big secret" that Kirch was preparing to present to the world wasn't thought provoking at all.
Robert Langdon returns yet again in another art, architecture, and deep dark secrets preposterous plot novel by Dan Brown, this time set largely in Spain and playing around with the notion of where life began and where it's all going. The usual elements are all there: art history, philosophy, tech fascination, science versus religion, relentless henchmen, misunderstandings with the authorities, Langdon on the run with a beautiful woman in beautiful locations, and more than a few plotholes big enough to push the Guggenheim through.
Although Brown follows the same prescription of moderate, galvanizing action I loved the facts he included with his fiction. The museum air filtered meticulously of air particulates and oxidants then moistened.....The authors input on the future of evolving technology is interesting as well as the usual architecture of the locale. Edmond Kirsch was attempting to solve the mysteries of creation and destiny and we wait, a long time, to find out. I feel Brown brought us into a more forward thinking story than his others and found it an enjoyable read.
Always enjoy the ideeas that Dan Brown books debate. Each is a combination of travel, philosophy and murder-mistery book. This one as well.
I think that Robert Langdon is such a darn nice guy it's hard not to want to know what he's up to! During fast paced conflicts and imminent danger Langdon can always take the time to educate everyone around him about art and history. Fun.