Weekend Rec: Dan Brown’s Latest, Origin, Now in Paperback

Origin by Dan Brown cover detail

Editor's Note:

For this week’s Weekend Rec, we’re turning our eyes towards Dan Brown’s latest thriller, Origin.

With the summer in full swing, it’s important to stock up on the quintessential summer read, which is our mind is a rollicking thriller. Fortunately, we have just the gallivanting, symbol-cracking, museum-loving adventure: Dan Brown’s Origin.

In this latest escapade, the good Professor Langdon – a bit of Joseph Campbell by way of Indiana Jones – is smack dab in the center of yet another religion versus science controversy. In this case, it is a discovery so revolutionary and shocking that, as one puts it, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Such is the world Dan Brown has created for Robert Langdon, who at this point surely must garner some form of hazard pay as part of his tenure package. Regardless, like the best of Dan Brown’s novels, Origin is a dizzying, breathless adventure that is equal parts meticulous research, travelogue-by-way-of-chase-scene, and stunning action set pieces. Dan Brown may not have invented this particular wheel, but he certainly knows how to get it rolling well. In short, it’s a pitch-perfect weekend read.

Here’s more on Origin by Dan Brown:

Bilbao, Spain

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.