Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Source: BorrowBox (Library App)
Genres: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic
Narrator: Jack Hawkins
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.
News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.
Civilization has crumbled.
A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.
But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.
Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’.
Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world. ”
My Thoughts & Review
This book has been so difficult to review, so here goes.
I was so looking forward to reading this book. After reading the descriptions and hearing fab things about it, I thought that this would be a great book that I would love more than I did.
The beginning of this book was perfect, it was gripping and thrilling, but sadly for me it started to go a little downhill. At times I felt that I had to use my own imagination to work out what happened during a specific timeline and how it affected the characters, and this started to get frustrating as it made me feel like this book wasn’t really going anywhere and this is where I started losing interest. I would have also liked to read more about the new world after the Flu pandemic.
When it comes to the characters, I found them to be fairly well developed and believable, but I felt I couldn’t really engage with them in this book. However, there were quite a few that I felt weren’t necessary as they didn’t really bring much to the storyline.
Oh and before I conclude my review I must say Jack Hawkins the narrator done a wonderful job with narrating this book.
Although I found this to be an interesting read, I would say overall this one was only and ok-ish read. Sadly, it just didn’t hold my attention enough. I’m still not sure if I would truly recommend this one. Although saying that I’m still interested to see what the author has to offer next.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!