Just when Dan Brown fans had started to accept that there might never be another book in the Robert Langdon series, Origin made it’s way to bookstores in October this year.
As all Dan Brown books go, Origin promised to be an action-packed, mystery-ridden, historically and architecturally rich novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat from the very first page to the very last.
This fifth installment in the Robert Langdon series definitely lived up to the usual mark. Fast paced right from the beginning, the story begins with Langdon arriving at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Where Edmond Kirsch, a world renown futurist, atheist and Langdon’s friend, holds an exclusive event for the entire world to see.
Kirsch begins the event by explaining how he has made an incredible, earth-shattering discovery with regards to the meaning of human existence and fate. He plans to unveil it to all of humanity that night.
But a shocking turn of events prevents him from doing so. This sets Langdon himself on the course to finding and unveiling his friend’s discovery to the world.
With the help of Ambra Vida, the curator of Guggenheim Museum, Langdon travels from Bilbao to Barcelona in search of the truth, with the authorities constantly on their tails. Deciphering symbols, encrypting codes and the usual search for the needle in a haystack, takes place.
The story keeps you gasping and guessing, until the final reveal, which very well changes the world’s perception of the present and the future that is to come.
Architecture, symbolism and literature play have the usual significance in this installment as well. The plot of the book is lead by Antoni Gaudi’s peculiar style of architecture and William Blake’s prophetic style of poetry and art.
So you can’t help but have Google open on your phone on the side as Dan Brown takes you on a breathless journey through Europe’s rich culture and history.
This book focuses on two important questions which man has been trying to answer since the dawn of his existence.
Where did we come from? And where are we going?
Religion and science both offer different solutions to the same equation, hence the never ending debate between scientists and believers prevails.
Belief and Reason have always been at war, whether it’s about our history or our future. With that being said, what I absolutely loved about this book was, how in the end, Dan Brown managed to find the perfect harmony between the two extremes.
He managed to solve the equation by merging both solutions. With the help of actual facts and statistics, Dan Brown once again succeeds in making his story easily yet strongly believable for his readers.
After The Lost Symbol being a sore and Inferno being a semi-sore disappointment, Origin is the thrilling comeback that we have all been waiting for.
I would definitely rate Origin as 4/5 stars and would also recommend it to Dan Brown fans who strayed away after the release of his last two books.
Origin is sure to restore your faith!