Station Eleven

 

“Survival is insufficient.”

 

Summary
After an outbreak of a deadly disease that killed 99% of world’s population, civilisation collapses. The book tells a story of an actor, who died before the collapse, his wife, his best friend, a man who was trying to save him and a girl who is a member of Traveling Symphony – a group of people who travel from town to town to perform, to bring the survivors a glimmer of joy, a sliver of hope.

Writing
The author’s prose is simple, but beautiful and captivating.

Characters
Every character in this book is masterfully crafted. They are deep and complex, three-dimensional. They have the things that drive them, things that they desire. The characters are so well-written, that they seem very real, very human. Their struggles and problems are relatable, their motives are easy to understand. That’s all you could ever want from a book.

Plot
When it comes to the plot, there really isn’t a lot going on. It’s definitely a character driven novel. Though the thing that brought me the most joy in this book was the way the fates of all of the characters, who seemingly have nothing in common, have intertwined. It was done so well, I am still speechless.

Overall
It’s a beautiful story about people fighting to keep their humanity in a world where it sometimes feels impossible. If you are looking for an action packed book, you might want to pick something else. But if you are interested in thought-provoking, deep, emotional read – look no further. I would have never thought that the story about an apocalypse can be so touching. It’s definitely a book that’s going to stay with me for a while.

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  1. I read this book last year when Emily St. John Mandel visited my school! She was super sweet! And I agree, this book is wonderful! I could not put it down and I broke down crying in a few sections. I don’t like a lot of slow-cooker books, but this one somehow works!

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      1. I think it works because the slow destruction of the world as we know it is so terrifying and realistic that it just grabs on. If a book repeats itself and drags, then it doesn’t work, but this book shows something different in every scene. I could go on about what else this book teaches about fiction, but it won its accolades for a reason. 🙂

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        1. I agree! This book showed human nature at it’s most terryifing and desperate, but also at it’s most beautiful. It was absolutely captivating. Those awards were well deserved.

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