Five years after Inferno, Dan Brown finally offers us Origin, the fifth book of the pentalogy he started with Da Vinci Code. In this new novel, Robert Langdon, the most famous professor of symbology in the world, embarks on a fascinating race against the clock in order to unveil a scientific discovery that could turn upside down the basis of all the religions. Here is our review of what will probably become one of this year’s best sellers.
At the end of Inferno, Robert Langdon saved the world from a deadly virus developed by a mad millionaire who wanted to destroy more than half of the human population in order to avoid the drying up of the Earth’s resources. In Origin, the professor created by American author Dan Brown has gone back to his daily routine when Edmond Kirsch, one of his former students who became a well-known futurologist and new technologies specialist, invites him to the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum for a conference during which he will reveal one of his discoveries, that could, according to him, change the whole vision we have of the origin and the future of mankind. Yet, nothing happens as it was planned. Edmond Kirsch is assassinated in the middle of his presentation. To make sure that he is not dead in vain, Robert Langdon rushes to Barcelona, where his ex-student lived, to find and unseal the results of his work.
In this new volume, Dan Brown uses the same recipe as in the previous ones and it still works so well. He draws on an extremely realistic plot full of twists that build up quickly to tell us more about the worlds of science and art and make us discover the atmosphere of a city. After Paris, Rome, Washington and Florence, he now focuses on Barcelona and plunges us in the very symbolical and cryptic universe of Antonio Gaudi, the great architect who designed the Sagrada Familia, the famous unfinished cathedral known for its peculiar aestheticism.
Beside the charm of the Catalan capital city, Dan Brown evokes the existential questions humanity has been obsessed with for centuries: where did we come from? And where are we going? So, he describes the different theories about Creation and the future of mankind and opposes science and religion (as people usually tend to do). Doing so, he seems to present his own vision, halfway between religious beliefs spirituality and scientific truths, that makes the readers think and consider various viewpoints, some of which being necessarily different from theirs.
Therefore, Dan Brown’s new book is a fascinating novel that deals with very contemporary issues that readers won’t be able to drop before they finish it. Moreover, knowing that three of the previous volumes of the pentalogy were adapted for the wide screen, we hope that Origin will follow the same path because we cannot wait to see the movie!
Origin by Dan Brown, published in the United States of America on the 3rd of October 2017 by Doubleday (416 pages, $29.95) and in France on the 4th of October 2017 by J.C. Lattès (576 pages, €23).