Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. Jhn Mandel Book Review

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Published by: Harper Collins Canada

Published on: September 9th 2014

Pages: 333

Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Literary Fiction

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Summary                        

This book is hard to summarize because it has a lot going on and is kind of all over the place but I will do my best.

Our civilization has collapsed after a deadly flu wipes out the majority of the population. We follow a cast of characters, seeing the lives they lived before the flu, what happened during the pandemic and fifteen years after.

 

My Thoughts                     

This book has soo much love surrounding it, everyone raves about how amazing this book is and I honestly don’t get it. I’m not saying it is a terrible book and I hated it because I didn’t I just thought it was ok. I guess I am just missing what everyone else is seeing and that’s ok, it happens.

One of the things that set me up for not loving this book is that it is quite different than what I imagined. Many people when describing this book is they say it is a dystopian and when I think dystopian I think of a society that is being oppressed by government or an individual. And I thought that individual was going to be this prophet but that wasn’t the main focus of this book and not a lot of time was spent there. I think of it as more post-apocolytic Instead the book focuses on a few characters and their lives before and after the flu. And each of the characters are in some way connected to a famous actor Arthur Leander.

Cons

  • I felt like something’s were poorly explained like the disease that wiped out the world. Also, everything went off the grid within a few days, I just didn’t find that very believable.
  • My main issue with this book is I didn’t connect with the characters and so I didn’t feel for them or care about their stories. I also found it confusing when she would say a side characters name and then call them by the instrument they played other times, I just didn’t know who was who half the time.
  • There are certain items that a character has kept that marks the end of the world for her and these items hold importance in the books themes and connects the characters. And in the end when it is revealed how the character received these items and the connection it was just not satisfying to me and I was like what is the point.
  • What is the point is how I felt about this book, there was not much going on and I guess the point of this book is to answer the age-old question “what is the meaning of life” and “what makes us human” and I think her exploration into those questions fell flat for me.

“If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there’s nothing that you cannot justify. There’s nothing you can’t survive, because there’s nothing that you will not do.”

Pros

  • Well written.
  • I loved the atmosphere the author created for the post-apocalyptic scenes
  • I enjoyed reading about places I am familiar with since I live in Southern Ontario.

“No one ever thinks they’re awful , even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.”

I have to say I am a little sad that I didn’t see what everyone else did while reading this book. Have you read Station Eleven? If you have let’s discuss in the comments below.

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