Wow, what a fantastic read! I really enjoy post-apoc stories, and I loved that this one went back and forth between the before and the after. We get to experience the world as it begins to fall apart and in the years after.
It wove together a variety of people creating an interconnecting story full of little surprises. I loved following each of these people in their befores and afters. Seeing what they were doing as the world began to collapse, what choices placed them in each place, it was all so interesting.
My favorite character was the young actress. I enjoyed her before and after moments the most, and I was so interested in understanding her history. The characters weren’t all compelling in a way that made me want to like them, but I did want to know how each of them fit into the puzzle of this plot. There are other characters that you just have to hate, the prophet is one of them. I think the author did a wonderful job of creating all of these people that evoked so much emotion from me!
I would definitely recommend this one for readers that enjoy post-apoc stories focused on the characters!
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Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the 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 a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
Just the Facts:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Pub Date: September 9, 2014
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.