Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

official blurb
Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

my blurb!
A page turner told from multiple perspectives about life after your life as you know it ends.

5 out of 5

How did I not know about this book??? I’ve never heard of the author at all, and until Whitney from @theunreadshelf had me borrow this book- it had never come on my radar.  She was trying to help me get out of my awful February book slump and recommended this book to me.  I knew it was post apocalyptic, and…well that was about it- and wow was I in for a surprise.  Let me start out by saying that this book is in NO way nightmare inducing.  It’s not that type of post-apocalyptic vibe – no graphic rape or descriptive violence. It was totally believable- no zombies (sorry Walking Dead fans), or super heros

what i liked
I loved the characters! There are multiple main characters in this novel- which in the beginning is always hard to catch onto. Trust me, it’s worth remembering the characters- they are written beautifully and I dare you not to like the mains.
There are also multiple time jumps throughout each section in the book. I must say, I am almost NEVER a fan of the time jump… but alas apparently I’ve never been a fan of the writing of a time jump! Mandel’s writing of the time jumps never left me discombobulated (you’re welcome for using that word), but I was on the adventure with the characters!
I also liked the semi mystery of the plot.  What will happen? Who is the Prophet? (Though I figured that out before the reveal- NO spoilers!- I credit that to my BBC mystery series training) Who is living and dead?

what i didn't like
There is not a lot I didn’t like. If anything, I would say I could use a second book. I want to know even more- it could’ve been longer!

while reading you should
Listen to: Clair de Lune
Eat: an orange

when to read
The BEST time to read this is snowy weather WINTER. BUT this is required reading if you like this genre- so enjoy it all year round!

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6 thoughts on “Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  1. It took me awhile to get used to the time jumps, but I did like them toward the end. Like you, I guessed the prophet beforehand, but wanted to know what happened to the family member closest to him (trying for no spoilers)! The writing was excellent and made me think a lot about life as we know it. Also, if the world as we know it ends- I’m totally taking shelter in an airport.

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    1. Omg yes!!! We are the same readers haha. I also loved the airport civility.

      I want to try to read another book from this same author bc I loved the writing style!


  2. Finished it yesterday! I was sitting by the fire in our living room while it was snowing outside!
    I loved it! The writing style was amazing, and just as you, I loved almost all the characters! I was just a bit disappointed at the end because I would have loved to read about how the characters feel when they figure out who is who and how their fate(?) connected. Or maybe simply I just didn’t want it to end haha


    1. YES!!! I would’ve LOVED an epilogue! I wanted more too! Also, what a way to finish a book!
      I need to try to find more of her books because I loved her writing style!


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