Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

November 6, 2017

in Books

I have no idea why Dan Brown gets a bad rap sometimes in the literary world. I really enjoy his books. I appreciate the research and thought that goes into constructing the plots and bring to life the art and architecture. Plus, I love puzzles.

Origin takes us to Spain, where we get a look into modern art and architecture as opposed to the Renaissance masters from previous books. And there are fewer puzzles. That was really the only disappointing part of the this book. Dr. Robert Langdon, who I want to be my best friend, doesn't get the opportunity to demonstrate his puzzle solving intellect nearly as much in the novel. Instead, we spend the novel relying on his eidetic memory to bring to life the art and architecture of the place. I always find myself looking up the pieces of art and the buildings Brown mentions.

This novel does have some major philosophical and moral questions in discussion though. One of Langdon's former students says he has discovered the answer to two major questions – where do we come from and where are we going?

Intriguing right? And before you say you already know the answer and it's 42, let me tell you that is not the case for this novel. You will be asked to question your beliefs. You will be asked to look far into the future of technological advancement and believe it could be here today. You will be asked to consider how you think we got here and what you think the future hold for the human race.

Now before you immediately state that you are a religious person and refuse to read anything that says God doesn't exist, that's not what this book is. There are characters that questions God and there are characters that hold strong to their faith. 

Dan Brown has an idea, and that idea has been in all of the Robert Langdon novel and that idea is again in this novel. Science and religion are not enemies. They can coexist. 

This is a philosophical argument for the future of humankind wrapped up in a tweed suit jacket. I highly recommed that if you don't feel threatened by hearing ideas other than what you believe, you should read this novel. And if you are uncomfortable, you should ask yourself why. I, for one, appreciate an honest and challenging discourse to reevaluate my beliefs on a regular basis. That's a topic for another day. But why do you believe what you believe? It is possible you can be right and wrong? It is possble that science and religion can coexist or does science disprove religion? These are all questions that will slap you in the face as you read this novel.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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