Book: Origin by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon series #5)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Possible spoilers ahead.
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The first time I read this book, I DNFed it. Back then I was in such a major reading slump, to the point wherein I can’t even finish a single chapter of this book. Knowing that is a bit concerning. Simply because this book, like the others by Dan Brown, has short chapters. Not being able to focus on reading such a short chapter is deeply weird. So I just decided to DNF it. It was not until I saw Fizah’s book review that I decided to finally sit down and finish this book. Before I continue, here is what the book is about.
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.
But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. 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.
Story-wise, I have to say that this is entertaining. This time around, I didn’t hate the cliffhangers on almost every chapter. I was intrigued from the beginning until the end. I have to admit that I somehow expected what is Kirsch’s discovery. I was expecting something far scandalous than what is mentioned in the book. There is simply nothing new with what he discovered, at least in my opinion.
One thing I like the most that were shown in this book was related to fake news. It shows how easily someone can make up some fake story for the sake of clicks and views. The book also showed the effect of such news to those innocent targets, which is concerning.
Moving on to the characters. Same old Professor Langdon and the Mickey Mouse watch. Each of the characters mentioned has some interesting backstory, but the one that intrigued me the most the AI Winston. Winston is giving me the whole Detroit: Become Human vibes. (If you are not familiar with the game, just click the game title and it’ll lead you the wiki page) Winston was actually the reason why I managed to guess where the story is going earlier than I expected. Another thing I also didn’t expect was the reveal about Bishop Valdespino and the King of Spain, but I will just let you read about that one.
Now, do I recommend this book? Yes, this may not be Brown’s best work but it is still entertaining and worth the read. Angels and Demons is still my fave though. Just a warning again, this book, like the others, contain topics in regards to the whole science versus religion thing. So if you are sensitive about that, just read with caution.
What about you? Have you read this book? What do you think?
I just want to give a shout out again to Fizah! Here is her take on this book Origin(Robert Langdon #5)- Book Review check it out!
This review was longer than usual, so if you read it all the way through. Thank you! Now back to reading for me. As always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog post.