DAY ONE - The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.
WEEK TWO - Civilization has crumbled.
YEAR TWENTY - A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You’ve never encountered a post-apocalyptic tale quite like Station Eleven, which follows (among other things) a troupe of Shakespearean actors who traverse the blasted American Midwest to keep the spirit of theater and music alive. Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel is sure to put this indie darling on the map. Her writing is startlingly elegant, and the interwoven stories of the book’s characters—who yearn for long-gone comforts like TV sitcoms, airplanes and the Internet—are haunting and heartbreakingly real.
A masterpiece when it all comes together
This book starts off a little bit slow, and a bit dry but is a brutal masterpiece of pathos and connection.
The first half was unsatisfying and not really fun to read because at times it limped along slowly and erratically, jumping around characters instead of giving continuity, or allowing thorough engagement with the characters but it was worth persisting for the finale and its intensity of emotions.
It’s not a “fun” or heavily dark and thrilling post apocalyptic read, as the pace struggles somewhat, it’s heavy on realism; but it is beautifully crafted and satisfyingly tidy at the end as it builds towards conclusion.
The end is powerful and worth the slow build.
An amazing read
This is a great story which explores so many great themes - the meaning of love in relationships and families, loss, memory and the pursuit of beauty whilst trying to survive without in a post apocalyptic world. I really loved this book and it will stay with me for a long time. Can't wait to read it again!