There aren’t too many living authors who can say they invented a genre, but Dan Brown is one of them. And in Origin, it feels like Brown might have found the ultimate subject of for his theo-cultural thrillers: the origin of life. I’m guessing Brown will plumb the connection of the church and scholarship and have Robert Langdon puzzling over Genesis and The Origin of Species while mopeding across a European city with a bright young English botanist or something. And I am so excited I can barely breathe.

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