Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Imagine a flu so powerful that 99% of the world's population is annihilated in weeks. Then, imagine surviving that.
Today, we live in a privileged, hyper-communicative, overdeveloped, technologically dependent society. So, what happens to that society when the power runs out and the infrastructure falls apart? What is left?
Survivors: People who, through sheer luck, manage to escape the plague and are left to pick up the pieces.
Station Eleven takes place both before and after a catastrophic pandemic- but it isn't really about the disease. It is concerned with the before and after. Station Eleven is a novel dealing with people and how their actions define who they are. It is about choosing to be humane in a world that has almost lost humanity.
More specifically, Station Eleven is about a circle of people whose lives are unknowingly intertwined both before and after.
This novel left me feeling invested. Brava Emily St. John Mandel.
Suggested for ages 15+. Written for adults.