Title: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
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.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. 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.
This is an updated review of Origin by Dan Brown.
If you’ve read my previous post regarding this book (here), you will know that after reading the first few chapters before publication, I was so excited! I am going to put this out there by saying that I have been a huge fan of Dan Brown’s books. I say with pride that I have read all his books but I don’t love them all.I can say that he is one of my one-click buy author. The moment I was done reading the excerpt, I knew I was going to love this book, I pre-ordered it, read it, didn’t review it, read it again this past week and my results are conclusive.
Dan, What The Hell Happened?!
I swear to all that’s holy, If I didn’t have any self control, I’d be bald by now. I kid you not, this book pissed me off. The thing I love most about Dan Brown’s books is that It gives me an opportunity to learn more about the history of the world. Origin, like almost all his books from this series teaches it’s readers about the history of Europe. Origin, is set in Spain and I can say without shame that I was engrossed into the story, my phone right next to me; Googling everything and anything is mentioned in the book; art, monuments, place of worship, symbols etc. I was loving this book. Key word- Loving. Somewhere along the way, I was losing interest but then again I thought to myself, “maybe it gets better.”, It did, sort of.
So, You may ask why I didn’t enjoy this book? well, The first time I read it, I thought maybe I hyped it up too much in my head so this time, I read it without any preconceived notion; my opinion is still the same. What The Hell Did You Do?! That was THE MOST Anti-climactic crap I have EVER Read! Did you give up half way? Did you lose inspiration? why write a half ass ending? Everything was going fine, and you write that?!
After I was done with the book, I literally went “My eyes! My eyes! I can’t believe I read this!”. Slightly dramatic but it proves my point. Hahaha!
When people ask me if I love Dan Brown’s books, I say ” I enjoy reading his book but they have become predictable and slightly monotonous which makes it boring.” It’s the truth but deep down I say a silent prayer that my opinion will chance for The Da Vinci Code will still one of my favourites and Dan’s books really are a feast for the lover of history and art.