Book review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a postapocalyptic novel written by Emily St. John Mandel.

The book starts with a famous Hollywood actor who collapses and dies onstage during a presentation of “King Lear.”

Some hours after this event, the world starts to disintegrate and the population is attacked by the Georgia’s flu.

Later on, 15 years after the first event occurred, a theatre company, called the Traveling Symphony travels without any specific destination, performing their presentation in different places os the remaining world.

By making use of the prose back and forth in time, the author describes the story of the main characters in such a collapsed word with a wiped out population.

Page 86:

A hostile civilization from a nearby galaxy has taken control of Earth and enslaved Earth’s population, but a few hundred rebels managed to steal a space station and escape. Dr. Eleven and his colleagues slipped Station Eleven through a wormhole and are hiding in the uncharted reaches of deep space. This is all a thousand years in the future.

There is nothing special in this book in my opinion. If you like this genre of book, I do recommend the fowling books:

Blindness by José Saramago, see my review here.

The Children of Men by P.D. James.

Update:

O.K., Now It’s Time to Panic – NY Times review.

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