Emily St. John Mandel
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The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.
News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.
Civilization has crumbled.
A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.
But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.
Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'.
Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything - even the end of the world.
A Shakespearian Apocalypse
It's a good story well told. The interaction and interweaving of the characters is good and convincing the heroes, heroines and anti-heroes believable and well drawn.
For fans of Stephen King the comparison with The Stand are inevitable with many of the same tropes being explored. This is much more gentle and poetic consideration of the apocalypse and with less focus on the supernatural and more on the relationships between people and the synchronicity that this creates in the story is nicely worked.
It is also considerably shorter.
The underlying play within a play and focus on the "drama" is nicely handled and draws, presumably, on the authors own history and therefore has a good sense of authenticity.
It's well worth the time.
One of the best
One of the best books I've ever read!
An interweaving tapestry of delight.
Station Eleven is a artful and delightful tale of a post apocalyptic world. The characters stories are all clear and interlock in a beautiful way which captures the reduced world in which the characters reside.
Tension filled points in the book alongside stories of human existence and survival blend well to make this a real page turner.
Never feels lacking of plot or content and concludes in a way which links together human survival and artistic endeavours.
Highly recommend you make this your next read.