Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel that explores the collapse of modern civilization and what it means to be human.

The story alternates between scenes before and after a specific point of civilization’s collapse, following 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.

The main themes of the book include the pursuit of artistic creation, the sacredness and beauty in everyday life, the role of faith in times of peril, and the resilience of humanity in the face of struggles. The book also explores the significance of memory, the impact of technology on society, and the consequences of our actions.

What I Liked

Beautiful, beautiful book. I did not want this to end. It’s one of my top 10 novels that I’ve ever read. I heard that they are making a mini-series about it, but I do not want to see it – the book is that good.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing! It’s incredible. NB though – it doesn’t hold back describing scenes of violence.

Also – the fact that this came out right before the global pandemic is nuts. Thankfully COVID-19 didn’t turn out like this book.

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