Friday, February 13, 2015

Station Eleven By: Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

By: Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
Good Reads Synopsis:
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven  tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
My Feelings on Station Eleven:
Woah, AMAZING book.  Wonderfully written.  So I started reading this book in the midst of our Flu Outbreak that wasn't responding to the shot that had been administered at the start of the cold season.  So it was already so surreal that this was talking about the Georgian  Flu that caused the world to basically fall apart.  I was captivated with all of these characters throughout the book.  Even though the end of the world does not seem like a reasonable feat, but throughout the entire story line everything was believable and well thought out.  I liked the flashbacks that came throughout the book;  to go from the past to the present was a wonderful way to convey the story line.  I highly recommend this book!
My favorite quote from Station Eleven is:

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