Origin continues Dan Brown’s novels about the adventures (and misadventures) of protagonist Robert Langdon. This one is set in Spain, primarily Madrid and Barcelona, and attempts to reconcile the conflict of faith and science and the questions of where did we come from and where are we going. Yes, this one comes with many of the typical flaws of his other novels. Just don’t zoom in too closely and enjoy the story as a whole, rather than picking apart the inconsistencies and errors. As someone who struggles with issues of religion and science, this hit a home run with me philosophically.
The series features Maisie as what we would consider a private investigator and is set in the post WWI era. While there is always something to be solved, the attraction of the series for me has been the way the role of women has been incorporated into the plot lines. Post-WWI England was a very different place than it is now, and it’s interesting to see how a strong female lead navigates the difficult gender stereotyped land of that era.