Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dan Brown is now 3 for 5 on his Robert Langdon scavenger hunt series, with The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demon's as the other successes and Inferno and The Lost Symbol as lifeless failures.
Brown gets back to the root of what made his earlier books so appealing, avoiding ludicrous action scenes for the most part and interspersing fun facts throughout the silly adventure. While Great Big Secret Thing his characters are risking their lives and killing each other is as dumb as ever, the journey is entertaining and fulfilling.
Sticking to his well-established formula, his book makes a thought-provoking and somewhat frightening case for the eventual singularity between humanity and artificial intelligence. Part anti-organized religion screed and pro-faith think piece -- as all his books are -- The Origin gives you plenty to contemplate and mull over as you wait for the Tom Hanks movie to come along.
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