Station Eleven (Paperback)
I want to begin this review by stating that I am utterly terrified of this world. A pandemic is absolutely my biggest fear and being alive in a world like this haunts me everyday-- not joking. You know that computer game "Pandemic". It gave me such anxiety after playing it.... anyway. This book is absolutely beautiful. If you're looking for a really good dystopian novel that is actually rather realistic, as it is very obvious that it takes place in present, with such beautiful and captivating stories that intertwine together, then this is your book. I was immediately engrossed on the first page and knew that I was going to love this book. The middle got a little rocky and I began to worry that Mandel was faltering but she quickly rebounded and then exceeded into something that took my breath away. While this book is ~nearly~ perfect on the realistic side of things, parts of it are truly questionable and seemed a little rushed. A character miraculously safe in an airport full of hundreds of people after countless flights were forced to land there from all over the globe? This section of the story is truly my only critique and it would be completely acceptable if the rest of the novel was borderline unrealistic-- it just wasn't. Reader, you won't regret reading this book and, even if you don't have a completely irrational fear of global pandemics, you won't forget this story or these characters.
-- Josh— From Josh H. Staff Picks
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.
About the Author
Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of three previous novels--Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet--all of which were Indie Next picks. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband. www.emilymandel.com