You know exactly what you’re gonna get with a Robert Langdon book; suspense, twists and turns, thrills, and intelligence. Origin certainly did not disappoint!
The previous book in the series, Inferno, took me a long time to get into, and the same could probably be said for Origin. It’s a bit of a slow burner, yes, but at no point did I want to put it down – if anything, I would put this down to my work hours actually!
The story revolves around a major event right at the beginning of the book – renowned futurist and atheist Edmond Kirsch is about to publicly reveal a major discovery that will send ripples throughout the world. A discovery that could threaten religion as we know it, and propel science and the idea of evolution to the forefront of humanity. But, just as he is presenting the discovery, he is assassinated. The question is, who or what could have done this? And how will we ever find out what he was about to show the world? Langdon, being one of Edmond’s close friends, plans to find out.
And so we are whipped along on a thrill ride of plot twists, puzzles, and realisations that, as always with Dan Brown, really get those cogs whirring. The thing that surprised me with Origin is that the formula is ever so slightly different! For the first time, Brown heavily involves sci-fi in the plot, and it’s a refreshing addition to the series. Some of the book is the polar opposite to what we would expect in a Langdon read – it’s very futuristic. Previously Dan Brown has relied on history and art, which, whilst still making plenty of appearances here, are not the only themes in a well-paced and well thought out thriller. I read the last 200 pages or so in one sitting, which took me from 4am until 8:30am. Not my cleverest moment, no, but I regret nothing!
Whilst exhilarating and fun, this book makes you stop and think about humanity, our planet, and the future of both. Prepare for a little bit of an existential crisis! This is something that Brown seems to be accomplishing more and more as the Langdon books go on. Both Inferno and Origin have had deep meanings and interesting insights on our species to think about, which adds that extra dimension to evolve this series from just intelligent thrillers, to thought provoking, deep reads.
This is impressive work from Dan Brown, and for me, his work just keeps on getting better. I personally cannot wait to find out what awaits Robert Langdon next.