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BOOK REVIEW: Origin by Dan Brown

Pages: 480, Kindle Edition

Published: October 2017

Cover Raing: 3/5

Origin is the new Book in the series casting Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. Written by Dan Brown who seem yet not completely gratified and fascinated through his own writing that mostly concern the paradoxical interplay between science and religion.

Most of the readers, including me, got curious by Robert Langdon and Brown’s writing after he released The Da Vince Code. However, it is not my favourite book written by him. I like Angels and Demons better more but what is keeping me interested in his work after all these years is his simple presentation by entwining science and religion.

The plot is form out of a series of events that are captivating. This time, the writer takes us to Spain where a forty-year old billionaire, inventor futurist is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough about the origin of life of human beings. His secret, he determines will reveal two questions that is question by each existing person on this planet irrespective of the timeline.

Where did we come from?
Where will we go from here?

This is the core of the plot and not a spoiler. You will get it by reading the blurb of the book. So no spoiler alert. Edmond Kirsch, the billionaire, does his experiments and research and is about to reveal his results in the form of a presentation to the whole world through live stream and a handful of people he personally invites to an ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. He had been a student of professor Langdon in the past and thus Langdon gets an invitation too. However, before revealing his secret to the whole world, Kirsch reveals it to three prominent religious heads in private meeting which leads to the core of the trouble. To navigate dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and his side-kick have to fight this time to an enemy in the Spain’s Royal Palace itself.

The storyline develops as any reader will find himself turning pages. It grows and becomes thrilling at various points. From page one I was hooked. The scenery described by author was fascinating to me. There isn’t much to say about writing style, might be not writer’s best effort there, all I can say it is simple to grasp and move further. There isn’t much action in this novel as Brown’s hardcore fans are use to but there is a puzzle to solve and that is amusing enough.

Main characters that have a major role to play are plain. The character of Edmond Kirsch does bring some interest but his invention is more fascinating. There is no play of words here. Here, Brown’s trying to build a puzzle to solve which in fact is solvable. Talking about his invention reminds me, I think the author has played really well here with the plot by utilising the
technology and showcase in a realist way, some readers might hard to absorb that and I want to say it is okay. It might be not the reality but a near future. There are enough twists and turns in the book. I want to say, it is novel that you can finish in no time since it is a page turner and an enjoyable one. It’s pure a thriller with a good plot.

4 out of 5

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