Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel | Book Review

January 28th – 29th

Station Eleven, plainly, is the story of a traveling group of Shakespeare actors in a post-apocalyptic setting. After a flu wipes out 99% of the population, those that remain are just trying to get back to a sense of normalcy, without electricity or any technology at their disposal.

This book was really beautifully written. I loved how interconnected the whole story and all of the characters were, even though most of them were strangers. It gave the book a very narrated feel as it went back to points in time before the flu, or later, or even twenty years prior or after.

With the flu itself, I found the aftermath very interesting. People lived in airports, Wendy’s, Wal-Marts. Anywhere that sold food was converted into a tent city, which I found super intriguing. I liked following Kirsten and August into abandoned houses to see what was inside. I loved the motto that the company had, which was “Survival is Insufficient” from Star Trek.

I did have a few plot-based issues with the book. I enjoyed the ending and the way that things tied together, but I felt like Kirsten should have showed Clark the paperweight that she had to tie that together. Similarly. we got no reaction from Clark about the prophet’s death, and we never saw Jeevan get to meet with any of them and connect with their story.

After hearing so many good things about this book for so long, I’m glad I finally picked it up. I do wish that it was a bit longer to flesh out the ending a bit more, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.