New Read: Origin

Knowing how much I had loved Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, my dad bought me a paperback copy of Origin by Dan Brown for Christmas. So excited was I to find out what Robert Langdon would possibly get up to next, I bumped this straight to the top of my to-be-read pile.

This new, thrilling adventure starts as Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain to attend the unveiling of a controversial scientific discovery. The evening’s host is one of Langdon’s former students, Edmond Kirsch, who is now a dazzling high-tech billionaire and futurist. But before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed, the meticulously orchestrated evening erupts into chaos. Reeling with shock and fearing imminent danger, Langdon flees with Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director, to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Gripped, I was borne along the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, as Langdon and Vidal follow a trail of modern art and enigmatic symbols, which will take them from the Guggenheim Museum, to Gaudí’s Casa Milà and Sagrada Família, and Barcelona’s Supercomputing Center. All the whilst trying to evade an eerily, all-knowing enemy, who seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace and who will stop at nothing to silence Kirsch’s discovery forever. Racing around fascinating locations is one of my favourite, quintessential elements of Langdon’s adventures, and this one was no exception, although the locations were of a more modern nature than I usually prefer.

Another quintessential element of these books is controversy! After uncovering all the clues, Langdon and Vidal are able to reveal Kirsch’s shocking discovery and the breath-taking truth that has long eluded us: Where did we come from? Where are we going? A truth that Brown builds us up, throughout the novel, to believe will shake the major religions to their core… However for me, who is happy to have science and God, it wasn’t really that Earth-shattering, although I did find it very interesting. There was also an absolutely spine-chilling twist at the end – Unfortunately I had already guessed at it about half way through, but had put it to the back of my mind!

So while Origin was another thrilling adventure, that gripped and fascinated me in parts, it is sadly not to become one of my favourites of the Langdon series. Although it was very good, escapist fun and I did enjoy it more than The Lost Symbol. Good read.

Have you read this? Or other books from the Langdon series?

14 thoughts on “New Read: Origin

  1. I loved Angels and Demons, too. I think it was more gripping than The Da Vinci Code, which I think captured my attention because I read it first. Once I read A&D I thought that was better.

    I have not read Origins, but what I am getting from your review is the adventure part of the book drew you in, but the actual ending wasn’t as startling as you’d hoped? If so, I think it still bears reading for me, because I do like the way Brown sets up the journey/adventure Langdon (and whatever women he is with at the time…not judging, but kinda laughing!) has to experience.

    1. Laurie, I read Angels & Demons first and it still my favourite – Followed closely by Inferno in second place and The Da Vinci Code in third place. As for my thoughts on Origin, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head: I loved the adventure but was a little disappointed with the not-so-startling reveal at the end. I think this is still definitely worth reading.

  2. I LOVED The Da Vinci Code. I thought it schismatic; no wonder the Pope was against Catholics reading it. I haven’t read the others, though I own Inferno in hardcopy and Angels and Demons in Kindle format. I have liked all the movies thus far, but much less Inferno than the others. I feel that he has tried to replicate the phenomenon that was Da Vinci Code without success.

    1. Carmen, I am pleased to hear you loved The Da Vinci Code, but in fact Angels & Demons is the first book and is actually my favourite of them all. I also loved the fourth book, Inferno, which I would actually say is my second favourite, with The Da Vinci Code in third place. However I agree the Inferno adaptation was the weakest, especially as having read the book I knew they had made an absolutely humungous plot change that really annoyed my dad and I! I highly recommend reading your copies of Angels & Demons and Inferno. 🙂

  3. I also have only read The Da Vince Code. It sounds like Dan Brown rather ebbs and flows in his books.

    1. Judy, I don’t think Brown necessarily ebbs and flows in quality, but instead, for me, it has been more about the locations the books are set in. This book and The Lost Symbol took me to more modern locations, while the books I loved have taken me to old-world, historical places.

    1. Lynn, I certainly did enjoy escaping to some interesting locations in beautiful Spain. I definitely prefer it when Brown takes me and Langdon to older places though. 🙂

  4. I loved The DaVinci Code when I read it, but I was so put off by Tom Hanks’ hairstyle in the film that I never moved on from there! (silly, I know) I think we still have Angels and Demons on the bookshelf, so maybe I should give that one a shot.

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