Cover to Cover: Station Eleven


Happy Thursday, everyone! 

I'm starting a new series here which I'm calling Cover to Cover so I can write a little bit about a book I recently finished. If you're looking for your next book to add to your TBR shelf this may be a great fit for you. Or, have you read it already and want to share your thoughts? Get to commenting- I'm definitely down for a little electronic book-club chat.

As I figure out what to share here, please let me know what kind of book reviews and write-ups you like to read. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is a post apocalyptic novel that didn’t leave me feeling hopeless. Scared? Yes. Researching survival skills? Absolutely. But not hopeless.

Station Eleven follows a traveling symphony and Shakespeare troupe around the Great Lakes region twenty years after a super flu wipes out most of humanity. Through memories, shared stories, and glimpses into the past, we’re shown what the characters have endured for the 20 years following the end of civilization as they knew it. 



What I liked: Not feeling utterly hopeless when I turned the last page. I liked how full the characters felt, despite not knowing their back stories. It was a wake up call to how much I take for granted: seeing airplanes in the sky, being able to reach my husband whenever I want to, the internet... I also appreciated the lack of zombies or zombie-like creatures— the flu made it more realistic. Which leads me to...

What I didn’t like: EVERYONE DIED FROM A SUPER FLU. Too realistic and had me reaching for a breathing mask.

I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads because the characters still managed to find the humanity in survival— as Star Trek says, “because survival is insufficient.”

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