Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, and I was excited to find out what would happen next at each point, but I feel like this time, Dan Brown dragged the story out more than was necessary. Luckily, he's a good author; otherwise, I might not have read the entire book which is almost 600 pages. Actually, I love the Robert Langdon character who is said to be based on Dan Brown himself.
Science versus creation, a long-time theme in Brown's books, is the subject of Origin. This time, Robert Langdon is in Spain to attend the unveiling of his long-time friend's discovery. Edmond Kirsch has discovered the answers to two questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? The curator of the museum where he will make his presentation, Ambra Vidal, is engaged to the Prince, soon-to-be-king, of Spain. At just the moment that the answers are going to be revealed, there is an event that will prevent release of the information. Not to worry, though. The reader finds out what Edmond's discoveries were. I can't say that I agree with Kirsch's answers to either question, but it is interesting, and I feel like I know so much more about both religion and Spain.
The book is full of intrigue, subtle humor, art, politics, architecture, history, religion, science and technology, betrayal, loyalty, artificial intelligence, codes, and symbols and suspense.
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