A Book Review: Station Eleven


For my first review I will start with my most recent finished book that I devoured over Christmas. (I am reading a series right now and not quite finished... review to come soon!)

Station Eleven: A novel

by Emily St. John Mandel

I went into this book not knowing a thing about it. Sometimes I enjoy that about a book. Often you can hear a ton of hype about a particular book and be left wondering what the heck all the noise was for. There is something comforting about reading and deciding for your own. I picked this one out on my Kindle simply by reading the synopsis. It begins with a famous actor having a massive heart attack and dying on a Toronto stage during a production of King Lear. Ok, intriguing... We quickly learn that the Georgian Flu is sweeping the globe and soon 99% of civilization will be gone. I don't know why, but I am always drawn to post-apocalyptic plots. Maybe I like to picture if I would survive or not. Being a nurse with a deadly flu going around probably not, but I digress. The book centers around the life of the actor, the paramedic who tried to save him, a young girl who witnessed his death, one of his ex-wives, and his best friend. We get to follow their stories of death or survival and how all of their lives intertwine. Ms. Mandel does a brilliant job at weaving these relationships. At times you are yearning for these people because they remember life before. They remember electricity and running water. They have the will to survive but at what cost to their souls. Post-apocalyptic earth is a dark place and not just literally speaking. I love how the author describes the time that has gone by as "Year One, Year Fifteen," etc. Her use of language is fantastic. I don't want to give too much away so that is the general synopsis of the book.  She is a great author and I look forward to reading more of her books.

Below is a quote from the book that left me saying "Dang! I want to read more..."

"Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city".

Check out Station Eleven and let me know what you think. It won't be for everyone, but it might just be for you.

Until next time,