Origin by Dan Brown – like many of the author’s works – stars Professor Langdon. The book begins with the ominous phrase “Where do we come from? Where are we going?”. Futurologist Edmond Kirsch claims he has the answer and so he is preparing to make his great discovery public at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. With his revelation, all credibility of the world religions is at stake, as well as the big bang theory.
You may have guessed it, he ends up murdered right when he tries to reveal what would change the world forever. The entire story for Origin is set in Spain, where our favorite professor follows traces through modern art, which is not Langdon’s strength – as he states several times throughout the storyline. In the end, Langdon can spread Kirsch’s revealing message.
After reading several Dan Brown books with the character of Professor Langdon, I will say this work is good and fresh, but also weaker than his previous bestsellers – such as “Angels and Demons”, “Da Vinci Code” and “Inferno”.
Dan Brown obviously tried to innovate with this work, but only succeeded in creating difficulties for Professor Langdon: He finds himself outside his comfort zone, which is the classical arts, and for a moment he is struck by modern arts. Not only does he not have great knowledge, but also he seems hardly interested. In this work, the teacher ends up losing much of his usual role. Langdon feels absent and far from what we know in Dan Brown’s other works.
Not even the great architectural sights of Barcelona helped transform this story into a highlight for me. An interesting fact is that Dan Brown didn’t publish any more works with Langdon after this book, now devoting himself to children’s literature.
Compared to other books, it is a story with fewer developments and it does not feel as captivating. It’s not bad, but it also doesn’t come close to the previous novels.
For those who have enjoyed other works by Dan Brown, I still recommend to read it, as I certainly enjoyed to revisit the character of Langdon and to follow the outrageous propositions of Dan Brown. It is best to draw your own conclusions and make your own judgment.