Origins – Dan Brown

The book I have chosen to share with you is Origins by Dan Brown. It’s a mystery thriller novel, set out in Spain. Dan Brown is an American author who has written many Best Selling Books including The De Vinci Code. He follows the theme of Science vs. Religion, where scientific discoveries challenge the religious faiths.

The story’s main lead is Robert Langdon who is a Harvard professor on symbology and religious iconology (he has been the lead character in almost all of the Brown’s Books). He comes to Spain to attend an event arranged by his friend Edmond Kirsch, who is a multi billionaire Scientist and an Atheist. Edmond has arranged the event to announce his scientific discovery he has made to answer the two very basic questions surrounding the human beings i.e.

1. Where do we come from?

2. Where are we going?

But before Edmond can reveal his discovery he was shot dead. The event turns into a Chaos and it appeared that the discovery has been lost forever. However, Robert manages to escape that event and runaway with the event director Ambra Vidal. There aim is to release the discovery or the presentation that Edmond was supposed to show in the event. So, the whole story revolves around their travel from Bilbao to Barcelona in search of the password that will unlock Edmond’s presentation.

I don’t want to spoil the mystery that whether they were able to release the presentation or not and what were the answers of the two questions raised. Further, who was behind the death of Edmond and didn’t wanted the release of his discovery. What inspired or fascinated me to read this book is the intellectual idea presented by the author to answer the two most relevant question surrounding the mankind. Further, if you love to travel you would love to read this book because all the architecture, locations and religious places in the novel are real and the author has a habit of describing them in detail.

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