La Sagrada Familia photo by Enrico Perini

Book Review: Origin

I will forever remain a Dan Brown fan, and a large part of my contributing to his fandom is due to the consistency of his writing style and the themes he brings up in an engaging and thrilling way. It is not Brown’s style to be convoluting or overly complex in his storytelling. He has subplots going in parallel to the main plot, but nothing that will make readers lose track of what happened last to whichever character. It’s a simple good-guy-vs-evil-religious-nut kind of novel.

Origin is no different than his previous works in this regard, to some readers’ dismay. Professor Langdon finds himself in the middle of a mystery murder and races through time and historical towns to find the answer to the classic “Who dun it?” question. I love this setting – Barcelona, Spain – and feel compelled to visit it as soon as plane tickets come down. Just look at this beautiful La Sagrada Familia basilica that is STILL in the works to this modern day since 135 years ago! 

brown painted infrastructure beside trees

La Sagrada Familia Photo by Enrico Perini on

I like the theme of this particular adventure – computers, artificial intelligence combined with religion and a spritz of Spanish royalty. It prompts to important life questions – “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?”. Century-old questions that religion and science have sought to answer even to this day. In Origin, Brown does offer answers. Page after page, I am flipping through trying to figure out the answers before they present themselves. And yes, I think I beat Langdon to it. And it was disappointing because even I was able to think of this.
origin book cover

So there goes that. Origin was a great read for me up until the climax, and then wished that Brown was able to put a more complicated twist to this story than what’s presented.

Also, I wish that Brown would work on developing Langdon some more. As a character who has been around for about a decade, Langdon hasn’t changed from his first appearance in Angels and Demons. He remains the geeky symbolism professor. He remains good looking. He remains athletic. And he remains single. How about making him fall in love with a foreign spy on your next book, eh, Dan Brown? Make him vulnerable to something for shitz and giggles!


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