Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

By Emily St. John Mandel

  • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4
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From 1,436 Ratings

Description

2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller


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 Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
 
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
 
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • Great book!

    5
    By PeterC420
    A great read, a little too close to home with the current Coronavirus going on. But as some reviews have said, its a story of survival & hope. Definitely memorable
  • Do not read this book during a global pandemic...

    3
    By Pixxxxxxxi
    OK, so I picked the worst time to read this book. It’s seeping into my dreams and making me panic more. Maybe I would have felt differently 3 months ago? While the book is well written the jumping back and forth and telling all these little snippets of peoples lives is not a style I generally enjoy. Sometimes it seems like it’s leading towards character development, but then most of them are dead so the development feels useless. I’m determined to finish the book despite it bleeding into my reality right now, and I really really really hope that norhing in this book ever comes true.
  • Don’t pass this up

    5
    By jones44/877
    Other reviews have said it and I’ll say the same, I didn’t want it to end. The writing had me hooked from beinning to end.
  • Many levels

    5
    By Egg-em
    Brutal and beautiful and excruciatingly human, a reminder of just how good we have it and just how far we've come and just how fragile and magnificent ...and interconnected... our world really is. This book will stay with you.
  • A favorite

    5
    By celestibelica
    One of my favorite books.
  • Great book

    4
    By Ctruwally
    Wonderfully woven story
  • Terrible blurb.

    5
    By Satanicpuppy
    I skipped this book a dozen times due to the poorly written blurb about a post-Apocalyptic traveling Shakespeare company. That exists in the book, but the book is about humanity and hope and survival and what that actually *means* and the blurb, to me, represented a pretension and perspective that is otherwise absent in a well-written and thoughtful perspective on the end of the world.
  • Station eleven

    5
    By Sandra huang
    Easy to read, I can't put down my book.
  • Excellent read!

    5
    By Davidwyatt6
    This is not your typical post apocalypse novel. On rare occasions you find a story that you don't want to end, this is that book!
  • No thanks

    5
    By Bbh8008
    I do not like the writing style at all. The beginning had me hooked. Then.. It just went downhill from there. Not a fan at all.