Spotlight Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I cannot say enough good things about Station Eleven. I recommend it to everyone, no matter which genres they typically read. I think it's the type of story anyone can connect with in their own way. It resonated with me so deeply that I still think about it all the time.

The story is a gorgeous depiction of the struggle for survival after a worldwide epidemic. But, as is mentioned many times, survival is inefficient. Kirsten and her traveling party continue to bring art and beauty (in the form of music and theater) to the people of this new, ravaged world, despite the dangers of life on the road. 

A wide cast of characters give their own snapshots of the world before it's changed forever, in addition to during the disaster, immediately after, and far into the future. I was continually entranced by the characters and their lives; the ways they were all connected. The past and present were pieced together in a wonderful array.

It's not the sort of book you tear through, skimming the words, just to see what happens next. Often, it was more literary than plot-driven, but there's still a lot going on and it kept my interest. I never wanted to put it down. 

An awe-inspiring exploration of the joys and sorrows of the human condition, Station Eleven is definitely a story to savor until the very end.

For more recommendations, check out some of my favorite reads from 2017 here.


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