Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Discuss the March 2017 Book of the Month, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Post by dallashead » 06 Mar 2016, 13:53

The typical post-apocalyptic novel about a dystopian future usually involves some form of government or a new way of life. The latter is true for "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. Mandel manages to capture the rare pieces of real life and include them into a world that has been completely devastated by a flu. There are no zombies, no government take over, there are only people. The basis of this book is about the people within the novel who have somehow managed to survive. With intertwining stories of at least 5 characters, you find out slowly through the book how all of there lives are intertwined from before the flu and afterwards in the new world. Kristen, a budding actress, meets up with a "Traveling Symphony" that preforms Shakespeare for new towns up near the Canada/United States border. The people she meets along the way shape her into her new life and help her remember a life that she has all but forgotten. From the backstage's of a Hollywood production to main concourses of an airport, Mandel takes you through how each person survives when there's nothing left to survive for. With flashbacks for each character that takes you back to before the flu, you get a sense of how each character evolves and regains their sense of self. As a science fiction novel with a real-world twist, I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves a future dystopia while still being able to relate to it.

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Post by gali » 06 Mar 2016, 13:59

This book is on my reading list. Thank you for the review. :)
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Post by PaulaSofia » 07 Mar 2016, 10:04

I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would

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Post by sourav15 » 21 Feb 2017, 01:22

It seems to be an interesting read. Thank you for your nice review.
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Post by ashley_claire » 21 Feb 2017, 08:30

This book has been on my to read list for awhile. I'm excited that it will be book of the month to finally give me the push that I need to read it.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Feb 2017, 08:47

I love a good dystopian read. This sounds extra interesting because it is focused on the people. I also love books with good characters, so this sounds like a worthy read.
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Post by Acwoolet » 26 Feb 2017, 22:13

Thanks for the review! I always find post-apoplectic stories to be so sad. This sounds like it has a unique twist on it though. It's nice to see that there's a world without monsters or crazed dictators.

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Post by breyfoglese » 28 Feb 2017, 00:02

I'm such a sucker for post-apocalyptic stuff. I'll have to read this. (And agreed about the zombies - they're still great fun as an agent of conflict, but it'd be nice to read something different for a change).
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Post by 8arandipi+ea » 04 Mar 2017, 21:41

Im not confident I will read this book however I am intrigued by the character interaction.
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Post by DR SAMUEL » 16 Mar 2017, 08:28

Its an interesting story that gives a real picture of how life act once one loses hope, but courage takes one to a level of no return

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Post by Lincoln » 16 Mar 2017, 10:43

Thanks for this! I'll have to check the book out in the coming weeks!
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Post by The Researcher » 19 Mar 2017, 23:51

I generally find dystopian novels less to my liking and a dystopian novel that too including zombie is a strict no,no for me. However your review is very nice and detailed.
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Post by matildajay » 21 Mar 2017, 15:24

I didn't expect this novel to have such intricacies weaving through the multiple character plots. Found the book to be a refreshing take on dystopian worlds, with some very realistic characters coming together in the face of adversary. Maybe not everybody's cup of tea but for sure worth a try, and you may find out as I did, that it's a really wonderful read.
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Post by michelonline29 » 23 Mar 2017, 20:09

The review is great. I look forward on reading the book. Thank you for the review.
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Post by MagicToDo930 » 19 Apr 2017, 12:43

I just started the book and I'm already hooked. And that was from the first chapter alone. Now I'm on chapter 7 and I can tell already it's going to be a fast read.

-- 26 Apr 2017, 17:13 --

I'm almost done with the book now and I have to say I've lost my interest. It was so promising in the beginning and then, that was it. I don't like how parts are being unfinished or how the stories are going back and forth with time. It's too confusing and I'm almost forcing myself to even finish it.
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