Perfectly written for the big screen, Dan Brown definitely knows how to keep a plot moving! He feeds the reader information, just enough to peek your interest, and to create mysteries and questions. In each chapter, he adds more fuel to the fire and slowly reveals clues to bring you closer to the reveal. Origin (Doubleday) is a thought-provoking, action-packed mystery that left me breathless at the end of every chapter.
Brown takes us to Spain on what feels like a wild goose chase as we follow his beloved character Langdon from Bilbao to Barcelona. His futurist friend, Edmond, has made a huge discovery that would answer the defining questions impacting religion and science in a historic way: “where did we come from, where are we going…” . But during his big announcement, in front of millions of people all around the world, something went wrong. With the answer to these burning questions of humanity and the unknown discovery lying in the balance, Langdon is in a race against time to find out what happened to his friend and what exactly the revelation was.
Admittedly, for me the earth-shattering discovery that effects all of mankind was the least impressive part of this novel. But Dan Brown does bring to light the question about how we were created, the possibility that we came from God vs. Science. He also indicates the idea that religion holds us back, and that technology has the power to take over man, or even to merge with humanity to become a new species. Because we can’t go back in time, we may never really know where we came from, but we can see where we are going short term. With cell phones, computers, Alexa and robocalls, it is clear that technology has a big part in our future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England with his wife. For more information on the author, website, danbrown.com.