Finals are over and the holidays are rapidly approaching What better way to occupy your homework-free time than curling up with a good book in front of a fireplace donning your comfiest reading socks? The only thing left to stress about these days is deciding whether to buy your sibling another pair of socks this year, or re-gift that hat you got last year. Decisions, decisions.
But should you already have finished your holiday shopping, your schedule must be wide open! Here is an excellent list of literary suggestions to fill your time with that Buzzfeed has recently provided. It's an impressive compilation – it doubles as a phenomenal wish list as well.
The unsung hero of campus study spots
You might very well have passed it a thousand times. Nestled across from the overcrowded UGLI on South U, the School of Social Work provides a comfortable and quiet work space. Desks and tables are sparse so get there early during exam weeks, but during the regular semester schedule it’s unlikely that you’ll ever find yourself without a seat.
Around the perimeter of the ground floor study area, you can find several spacious private rooms for group work. There’s even a vending machine to tempt you with goodies on your study breaks.
In case you were wondering what happened to Robert Langdon,
Let me tell you – things got crazy.
The strange soldiers following his every move weren’t trying to kill him at all, but under the control of World Health Organization director-general Elizabeth Sinskey. Langdon is taken to Sinskey, who explains that she is the one who flew him out to Italy in the first place to help her track down what she suspects is a genetically engineered pathogen of Bertrand Zobrist’s creation. Sinskey fears that Zobrist’s maniacal notions about overpopulation has led him to create a deadly plague that will wipe out a large portion of the human population. Because of his retrograde amnesia, Langdon had stopped communicating with Sinskey since he woke up at the hospital, prompting her to send her guards to track him down and ensure the continuation of the mission.
Using the clues left by the mad scientist Bertrand Zobrist, Langdon eventually realizes that what he suspects is a deadly pathogen has been planted not in Italy at all, but in Turkey.
Upon this realization, Sienna Brooks, the woman who saved his life in the hospital, suddenly goes after the pathogen on her own; information surfaces uncovering that she was in fact Zobrist’s lover and devoted follower. A race to find Zobrist’s plague ensues, Langdon and WHO knowing full well that should they come in second, Sienna will likely release the plague to fulfill her lover’s work.
Once in Turkey, Langdon follows Zobrist clues to the underground cavern where he’s hid the plague, but he is too late. Sienna is already there and with the sickening knowledge that they might all be dying already, he follows after her as she flees, intending to bring her to justice.
But Sienna’s troubled past catches up with her, and she is tired of running. She breaks down and admits to Langdon that she didn’t release the pathogen, it had been placed in a water soluble bag under water and dissolved a week prior to when they found it. Everyone in the world is likely already infected.
It becomes known that the “plague” Zobrist created was in fact vector virus modified to change the human genome so that one third of the population is rendered infertile. As Zobrist was years ahead in his field, it is likely impossible to design another virus to reverse the effect, and so Zobrist changed the course of humanity in the end.
All in all it was an exciting read, and very typical of Brown’s writing. It’s only flaw was just that – how typical of his writing it was. It ceaselessly followed the pattern of the previous novels of the Langdon series; Langdon is unwillingly drawn into an ordeal to save the world, he meets a young beautiful woman that helps him on his quest, and in the end we learn something personal about her that changes the whole novel’s perspective.
But no matter – we love Dan Brown in all his repetitive glory.