Where have we come from? Where are we heading?
Throughout Origin, Dan Brown attempts to answer the basic questions that humanity has been asking since the beginning of time. We’ve all heard of the Big Bang theory (no, I’m not talking about the show), and then how life followed soon after. But how did life originate? And where is humanity going?
The book opens with our favourite professor, Robert Langdon, walking through the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, reminiscing about his former student Edmond Kirsch. Edmond Kirsch is a brilliant computer scientist and a futurist, along with being an atheist. This makes him into the cliché smart scientist character trying to prove that life originated due to science, and not God. Edmond now claims to have found a method to prove this, and also claims to know exactly where humanity is heading.
Edmond has organised a presentation to the world, where he will share these discoveries and prove to the world how science created us, along with telling us exactly what will happen over the next decades. Just before he reveals his discovery, however, he is assassinated – shot dead by a precise bullet in the centre of his forehead. Now it’s all up to Prof. Langdon to uncover these discoveries and show the world what his brilliant student discovered.
Unfortunately, Origin lays back on the symbology and usual quick Langdon thinking that Dan Brown’s books have become famous for, relying more on the concept and final revelation. There are many side characters whose stories could’ve been tapped into, while there are those which could’ve simply been scrapped out of the book. Although not much of a thriller, Origin seems to be Dan Brown’s try at modernism – there are many modern concepts and technological advancements used in the book.
The ending, however, turns out to be mentally stimulating; regardless of whether you agree with Edmond’s theories or not, Origin will urge you to think and answer the two questions presented above. If you are a theory fanatic and generally enjoy the differences between religion and science, you’ll love this book.
Written by: Arundhati (Computer Science)