Dystopian, Science Fiction

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve actually been really looking forward to reading this novel. The plot and the cover just seemed so intriguing, and I’m a sucker for a good dystopian novel. This is a novel that I’m really excited to write a review for because it is definitely one of my favorites!

It took just one day for the Georgian Flu to become a serious medical threat and put the world on edge. It took merely two weeks for civilization as we know it to collapse. Twenty years after the Georgian Flu ran its course, a band of actors and musicians have come together to form a Travelling Symphony that performs Shakespearean plays for the scattered settlements that are the remains of mankind. Although life is simpler, it is by no means safer and new dangers threaten to take away even the smallest sliver of security. As the story moves back and forth in time, we see how much of the world we take for granted and how resilient the human spirit can be in the face of despair.

I loved this novel. I loved every single character that was introduced. I loved seeing how they were all connected and how each character changed and developed over time. The author allowed every single one to grow, and it is a feat that is commendable. The storyline was tight and flowed beautifully with the memories of the past. Every single thing that was mentioned had a purpose and that’s what made it such a great read: you had to pay attention to every single detail to really “get” the story. I don’t buy many books but this novel is one I can’t wait to get a copy of, and I urge you to buy it, too! What a fantastic novel! I can’t wait to read more by this author and I’m sure you will feel the same way if you give this novel a chance!

 

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