Friday, November 13, 2020

Review of Origin by Dan Brown

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

Book can be found in:
Genre = Novel, Mystery
Intriguing Connections = What Happens Next?: Series (Robert Langdon)

Elaborate Description

A scientific discovery is about to create a paradigm shift. The discovery is a threat to religions. The discovery is about the origins of life, and a prophecy about the future of humanity. Right before the futurist Edmond Kirsch is about to reveal the discovery, he is assassinated. Edmond Kirsch is Robert Landon’s former student, both have remained in contact. At presentation where Kirsch was publicly assassinated, Ambra Vidal who is the future queen of Spain, coops Landon’s assistance in making sure that the discovery is revealed. Vidal believes that anyone who knows anything about the discovery is a threat, making releasing the information the only way for Vidal and Landon to live. Not only are they a threat to religious organizations, but it appears that the monarchy of Spain is supporting the prevention of the discoveries’ release. What is needed for the release of the discovery is the location of Kirsch’s computer password.

The moral, ethical, and philosophical lessons are clustered mostly towards the end of the book. Throughout the book is the theme of artificial intelligence and what they are capable of. A secondary theme is a fusion of various ideas such as nature and religion. What matters most is how people engage with information of new discoveries. Dialog is highlighted as the medium in which to try and resolve issues.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780385542692
Pages to read:   548
Publication:     2017
1st Edition:      2017
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          2
Overall           4