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I randomly saw this book at the library on one of their displays, and I was intrigued so I figured I'd check it out. I've enjoyed Brown's books to vaI randomly saw this book at the library on one of their displays, and I was intrigued so I figured I'd check it out. I've enjoyed Brown's books to varying degrees, and even with the ones I didn't completely like, they're still pretty quick reads and usually entertaining. They're certainly not boring, though they always seem to start off slow. Origin was no exception to this.
It did take a while for the story to get set up, which I expected. Still, it was slow-paced at first, but there was more action once things got going. It wasn't as action-packed as I thought, especially in comparison to his other books. It has been a while (years probably) since I've read a Dan Brown book, so maybe I'm remembering things differently.
There were a few connections to history (we are talking about Dan Brown here). In this case, Spanish history, since the book is set in Spain. I swear, Robert Langdon spends more time traveling than teaching. I do like that Brown incorporates a lot of real places, people and artwork, and it felt like he put a lot of thought and research into the people, places and things we see in the book. It is sort of topical- we see mentions of Uber, Disney, and fake news, and I did like the updates from the conspiracy website. That seemed very timely as well. Does that mean the book will be a little bit dated in a few years? Probably, but for now, some of the pop culture references are pretty timely.
I am half tempted to see if that website goes anywhere, or if it's made up. It would be awesome if it did go somewhere, like a website for the book or something.
Is this book the typical Robert Langdon book? Of course it is, so if Dan Brown isn't your thing, you'll probably want to stay away from this book. On the other hand, if you've even remotely enjoyed his books, you'll probably like it. While I don't necessarily love his books or run out to get them, I always end up liking them and enjoying them.
One thing I wondered about is the lack of reference to the virus that was set loose in Inferno. It's like it never existed, and considering the revelation that Kirsch wanted the world to know, you'd think that would be incorporated into his presentation. But it wasn't, and that was a little strange to me. The Da Vinci Code is referenced, though, which wasn't surprising given that what the book is actually about.
It is sort of weird how all of the Robert Langdon books don't really reference the other books. They're pretty contained, and with each book that comes out, it's like the previous ones don't really happen. I'm willing to overlook it, though, because each book has enough going on as it is.
My Rating: 3 stars. It's not my favorite Dan Brown book but it's not my least favorite either. It was entertaining and a quick read, and I liked the setting and places we see in the book....more
I really liked this book! I really liked the first one as well when I read it, and I don't know why it took me so long to continue reading the seriesI really liked this book! I really liked the first one as well when I read it, and I don't know why it took me so long to continue reading the series. At the least the last one is out, and I can start reading it soon.
I loved seeing Lee and her friends build up a community. It really is built on friendship, and I really liked that, because I feel like it doesn't come up in historical fiction a lot. I also liked that she let them in on her secret, because it means she really trusted them.
I really hate her uncle Hiram. He's a horrible person, and what he did was not okay. I am curious about whether a particular revelation is true- I hope it's not, and that he was just lying in the hopes that it would get Lee to help him. I was glad to see her handle it the way she did. However, this book is more of trying to escape Hiram. In the first book, I knew we hadn't seen the last of him, but with how this book ended, I am curious to see if we'll see him again, or if there will be a different villain. Things were pretty tied up in this book, I thought, so maybe there will be another adventure for our characters.
The slavery of Chinese and Native Americans was really hard to read. I can't speak to the representation of either group, but I wonder if maybe the book did play into the white saviour trope. I really wish I had paid more attention to that when I was reading the book, but I may have to re-read it again.
I also am not a big fan of the romance between Lee and Jefferson. It seems really forced, and she, to me, doesn't seem very interested in him romantically, but he still keeps asking her to marry him. Like she'll eventually change her mind if he asks her enough. I know that was a time when being married would probably give her a lot more protection that being unmarried would, but I don't blame her one bit for not wanting to be married. I can't see her married, and I think she and Jefferson really are better off as friends.
It did seem a little slow at times, especially at the beginning. It did pick up, but even then, it seemed like it was dragging a little. Still, I do want to read the next book to see what happens.
My Rating: 4 stars. I did really like it, even though I'm not sure about how some of the characters are represented. And even though it seems like things are pretty resolved, I do want to know what's going to happen next....more