Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Published by: Harper Collins Canada

Published on: September 9th 2014

Pages: 333

Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Literary Fiction

Purchase:  Amazon   Book Depository    Chapters

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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The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

Published by: Scribner

Published on: July 31st 2012

Pages: 343

Historical Fiction

Purchase:   Amazon    Book Depository   Chapters

Summary                               

Set in the late 1920’s Australia, Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel live a sheltered life on a small island where Tom is the light keeper. Being the only people on the Island it is easy to lose ones sense of reality. And when a boat is washed up on shore with a dead man and a crying baby, Isabel sees this as a miracle and wants to keep the baby where as Tom wants to report it. Since, Tom feel he owes Isabel this happiness they don’t report it and raise the child as their own. But when they go back to shore their sense of reality returns and begins to weigh heavily on Tom’s conscience. Continue reading “The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman”

WWW// Wednesday March 28, 2018

WWW// Wednesday March 28, 2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! It’s fun and easy to participate all you have to do is answer the following 3 questions.

 

What are you currently reading?

I am still currently reading The Pursuit of Pearls by Jane Thynne and I am on page 195 of 485. I have to say it is slow going and not quite the page-turner I was expecting. My current audiobook is The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows I just started this while on my way to work and can’t really tell you my opinion so far.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading A Wrinkle in Time on the weekend and it was a nice easy read. I found the concept of a wrinkle in time interesting but it won’t be a favourite. I felt it was missing something. I finished listening to Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us And What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I am a health nut so I found this to be a great read. It is terrible what corporations can get away with and it does feel like they are killing us slowly for greed.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

What do you think you will read next?

I still plan on reading The Nightmare by Lars Kepler next.

WWW Wednesday

What are your recent and current reads?

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Top Ten Tuesday// Books That Take Place in Another Country

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s prompt is books that take place in another country. I love reading books set in other countries. It is always fascinating to read about a different culture and learn something new. I have selected a few of my favourite books that are set in another country that isn’t Canada. I have also chosen a few books that I haven’t read yet but plan on reading soon. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday// Books That Take Place in Another Country”

Unboxing// February PageHabit

Unboxing// February PageHabit

Hey There,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, I am back with another unboxing, this one is the February PageHabit. Each month I purchase the History box with a mystery add on. These are my favourite genres and I love getting this box every month.

If you aren’t familiar with this company, PageHabit is an awesome monthly book subscription service. I just love this book box and highly recommend it.

Reasons why I love this subscription service:

  1. Annotated by the author
  2. Variety of genres to choose from
  3. You can add a book from a different genre to your order
  4. They donate to literary charities for each box and also when you share a pic through social media
  5. Note from author
  6. Great selection of bookish goodies

Continue reading “Unboxing// February PageHabit”

Unboxing// Quarterly Literary Box

Unboxing// Quarterly Literary Box

Hello There,

I am back with another quarterly unboxing, for those of you unfamiliar with the quarterly company, they offer book subscription services that arrive quarterly. They offer two types of boxes, young adult and literary fiction, I went with the literary box.

What’s so special about this book box subscription?

Well, friends I am happy to tell you. 🙂 The thing that sets this box apart from all the other lovely book subscriptions is this one is curated by the author. And not only that but the featured author annotates their book. Also, you will receive three books, yes booklovers, you read that correctly three books! One is annotated by the author and the other two are books that impacted the author in one way or another. If that isn’t enough to convince you, you also receive a bookmark and a bookish goodie. I’ve convinced you now haven’t I!? 🙂 Here’s a link for you to go and grab yourself a box now. I will be waiting for you when you get back. (not an affiliate link) Continue reading “Unboxing// Quarterly Literary Box”