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Origin, by Dan Brown

8 reviews

nytephoenyx's review against another edition

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informative reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

The Robert Langdon books are hit or miss, some of them are incredibly good and others are disappointing. The concept behind Origin was interesting, but the ending failed to live up to the dramatics of its hype. For me, I’d write origin somewhere similar to The da Vinci Code. It’s not as good as Angels and Demons or Inferno, but it’s certainly better than The Lost Symbol.

There’s a certain challenge with keeping thrillers fresh. Dan Brown has fallen into a predictable pattern — his character responds similarly to every situation, and the cast of characters and themselves are repetitive. I’m a bit bored by the female sidekick who doesn’t really have a roll. How about a male sidekick? How about Landon being the sidekick for once?

Origin attempts to offer an explanation on the creation and the future of the human species. It’s a great philosophical question, and I wish that the revelation had been more interesting. The puzzle, usually the most interesting part of a thriller, was absolutely predictable. Better luck next time?

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burstsofrain's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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linsophie's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging informative inspiring reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.75


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bealmg's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

Wow that was a bit disappointing. I read a couple of Dan Brown's books years ago and remember really enjoying them, so I was actually excited to read this one. But it's just not very good. The plot twists weren't that exciting (I also figured out most of them), the religion v. science debate was very superficial, as were the characters. I found that it had way too many explanations of what things were - like landmarks, paintings and such - that didn't need to be there because they didn't add anything to the story. But I don't know if this because I'm familiar with those landmarks and places and, as such, didn't need an overview of their history.
I think the plot needed to be stronger (and more tightly woven together) - there was a bunch of stuff that could've been deleted or, at least, seriously reduced to short paragraphs or sentences.
I do think that Dan Brown is very good at keeping the mystery and making you want to keep reading to figure out what will happen, though.

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anjasshelf's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

5.0


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konstantina's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging informative mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

This book is a prime example of how I adore Dan Brown as an author so much. The way he combines storytelling with real information, historical facts, and actual places, is remarkable and it's done so effortlessly that it merges well with the plot.
Another Robert Langdon book that mentions religious issues, something that I deeply appreciate, as an atheist myself, and as a person who holds a grunge, let's say, towards Christianity first, and organised religion second. Great plot twist at the end, although some parts of it were kind of predictable.

Spoiler The last scenes with the King and Bishop Valdespino really touched me, and I'm glad Brown added this plot point so beautifully.

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mscalls's review

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dark mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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meganpbennett's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Origin is a fast-paced thriller, covering less than 24 hours in Spain. Robert Langdon has been invited to see a presentation by a noted-futurist, who plans to reveal to the world something that would undermine every religion in the world, and change the world in the same fundamental way that scientists always have. Except he's shot and killed during his presentation, forcing Langdon to try to find his work and release it to the world.

Origin ventures very far from the earlier books, with less emphasis on art and history, and more emphasis on religion and futurism. It's a very quick read, and it's a nail-biter all the way through. There's an AI - think JARVIS - and some very heavy topics hidden within the fast-paced thriller. Something that I found very interesting is that no mention was made of Inferno, the
Spoilervirus designed to render one third of the world sterile to prevent over-population
from Inferno

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