Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Publish Date: September 9, 2014
# of Pages: 336
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding 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.
Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Station Eleven is a haunting book about the collapse of civilization. It follows the life and death of a Hollywood actor and the people connected to him by chance and circumstance.
What an interesting book this was . . . what a unique way to cover an apocalypse! This book spanned past and present and did it seamlessly, effortlessly taking the reader along for the ride. I enjoyed the different perspectives as Mandel wove her tale, subtly connecting the five people the story follows. While the people in the book ultimately connect to the Hollywood actor, they are also connected to each other. I appreciated the intentional connections, and it really it made me about life in general. We are all connected in some way, shape, or form. So neat to think about!
So why only three stars? What kept me from rating it higher is that it was slow at times, and some parts of the book felt irrelevant to the overarching plot. That said, I still recommend checking it out if this is already on your TBR shelf! It’s worth the read.
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