Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.86
My Rating: 7/10
“Well, science and religion are not competitors, they’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There’s room in this world for both.”
Where do we come from? Where are we going? The answers to these questions can be found within this book. Well… not really. But these questions are at the center of Origin’s storyline as we get a taste of quantum computing and AI.
Origin’s general foundation may sound somewhat familiar to Brown’s other books featuring Robert Langdon as the main character. Langdon, a Harvard professor, goes on another grand adventure. You’ll find similar aspects including the battle of religion versus science, a wild chase to beat the clock on some announcement or event, and Langdon’s typical and ever-changing sidekick, a beautiful and intelligent woman.
While his basic storyline foundation and formula shared by his other books don’t really change in Origin, you still find yourself fully engrossed in the story. Brown writes incredibly entertaining novels and in this area, Origin does not disappoint. The plot is exciting and fast-paced as you follow Langdon throughout Spain as he races to find the answers to life’s biggest questions. Once again, he has written an absolute page-turner. And as always with Brown’s books, I walked away with a bit more knowledge regarding art history, architecture, and religious history.
Brown doesn’t usually put much emphasis on character development or character arcs. Well-rounded, relatable main characters and multiple POVs are not his typical style. He is absolutely focused on the plot and driving the story forward with an intense, dramatic issue regarding science and religion. His books are more about popping popcorn and enjoying the ride.
If you’re looking for a thriller that is enjoyable and with a fair bit of controversy, Origin is right up your alley. While Brown has multiple books about Robert Langdon’s adventures, they are stand-alone books. So jump into the wild world of a Harvard professor’s escapades.