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Book Review: Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Hey everyone 🙂

I just finished Station Eleven! I’m not sure if anyone here has read that one but I am happy I got through it and I’m here to share my review!! Check it out!


Synopsis

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the 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.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this book…. on one hand I enjoyed it and really felt connected to the characters and the story. But on the other hand, it took me probably 60 pages to get into and even then there was a couple times I wanted to give up.

I honestly loved the story line. The idea of a flu that just wipes out 99% of the world population that then creates complete devastation and restarts civilization and society as we know it… just sends it back to the “dark ages” really. It made me think “wow what if that happened…” it really isn’t far fetched. I couldn’t even imagine!!

My heart was hurting for the characters that lost loved ones in the flu or who didn’t even know what happened to their significant others, siblings, parents, etc. It made me sad because in parts of the world, that is normal.. whether is a flu or war.. I just couldn’t go on if I didn’t know where my family was or if id ever see them again! That part of the story was very well written and wow did it ever make me sad at times haha.

There were parts of the story though that just made me sigh and I was so bored. Some descriptions were way too long. I felt that the jumping back and forth from character to character was too much for me. I was often confused about what character was being talked about or I was forgetting details from a prior chapter about the character. However, I have to say that while it was confusing, the characters perspectives were well written. I could feel what they were feeling. I felt like I was inside their head. One character, Miranda, I especially enjoyed. She reminded me of me in a way, I found I most enjoyed her chapters.

Towards the end I started to love the different chapters and felt the ending really wrapped everything up. I felt this warm fuzzy feeling inside when the book was over. It was amazing how each character grew and I liked how in the end you realize why the story was bouncing around from each character. There was a purpose of following all of these “random” people all along!

So, overall I liked it and the story was great and realistic in a lot of ways which I liked. However, it took me a bit to get into and I was unsure about it for like half the book.

My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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