Happy Tuesday lovely! If you’ve caught up on my latest What I’m Reading post, you’ll know that I have been reading the latest Dan Brown – Origin. It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review but I have quite a few people ask me for my thoughts, so here goes!
For me, reading Dan Brown is like sitting down with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while – you just pick up where you left off. It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge DB fan for years – even before The Da Vinci Code came out – so it’ll come as little surprise that I loved Origin. I was actually counting down the days until it’s release – that’s how excited I was!
That said, I did take me a little longer than usual to read Origin. Not because it was hard going – but because I kept stopping to look things up and got distracted. Case in point: the Abbey of Monserrat. I tell you, Wikipedia and Google are the devil when it comes to books!
So onto the book. Well, once again, Dan Brown manages to seamlessly intertwine religion, politics and technology into a suspenseful piece of art that had me up well past bedtime on more than one occasion. Did I get occasionally frustrated at the dangling pieces of thread from plot lines? Yes – but that’s what I love about Dan Brown! It keeps you reading, wanting to find out why a certain character does or says a certain thing (no spoilers here!).
The book has all the hallmarks of the Robert Langdon series; vivid locations, historical tie-ins and a mad dash to the final reveal when we learn the secret Langdon has been chasing. And whilst this one had me wanting to jump on the next plane to Spain, I did think the reveal fell a little flat – especially given the other books in the series.
Whilst I would recommend reading the other Robert Langdon books first (and in order!) – you don’t need to have read them for this one to make sense. Is it my favourite book of the series? No. That one is still a toss-up between Angels & Demons and Inferno but it’s still a damn good read.
Have you read Origin? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!