A review by nytephoenyx
Origin, by Dan Brown

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


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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