Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Goodread’s Summary

*NO SPOILERS*

So this was my first read of this year’s BookTubeAThon and I have to say it wasn’t a bad start. The chapters were super short so that made it easier to fly through the pages. Something about short chapters just makes it seem like it goes by faster. I was up at midnight reading this book until the early hours of the morning so I was a little creeped out by some of the scenes. Mostly because I have an overactive imagination, it was the dead of the night, and I had no idea what to expect. I myself being a theater gal really appreciated the Shakespeare incorporated into the story with the traveling symphony. It was kind of weird that they did it, but i understand they were just doing what they loved. I liked this story because it was unique and entertaining, but I think i would have enjoyed it much more if it was told chronologically. This book has some chapters that are from the present and some that flashback to a time from before this deadly virus wiped most everyone out. I don’t really get why it was told like that, I guess some aspects of it were to keep you guessing but it missed the mark for me and I could have done without it. Also my biggest question throughout this book is why are they still hanging around other people? Wouldn’t there still be the threat of this deadly virus? I know humans are social creatures but I wouldn’t want to take my chances. I wanted to know more about this flu too. It just spring up in the book and I wanted to know where it came from. Did the disease just mutate? or was it some form of lab experiment that got loose? Was it biochemical warfare? I didn’t get any answers. Which that stuff isn’t crucial to the story, but me being my inquisitive self wanted to know more. I do really like how everyone in the story was connected in someway even if they didn’t know it. I liked that feeling of fate and inevitability of these characters lives being forever intertwined. It also gave me the feeling of this story being circular where “everything happens for a reason”. To add on to that I also really liked where the title came from. It’s always nice getting to the point in the story where the title makes sense. It’s like being let in on an inside joke. This will probably sound really weird but this book vaguely (and I mean extremely vaguely) reminds me of the books The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. The night circus one is probably really obvious but I can’t explain the other one without spoiling anything. I want to say that this cast of characters was so dynamic and felt real in a way. Their emotions and actions was exactly what I would have expected in a situation like that. Overall this book was a good read with a few structural problems that I didn’t like. If I was a gal that relied on ratings I would definitely give this book 4 stars!

*FAVORITE QUOTE(S)*

“First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”          ~Kirsten

“Hell is the absence of people you long for.”      ~Kirsten

*SPOILER ALERT*

So in my above references, The Night Circus obviously because their little caravan is always moving and performing. Eliza and her Monsters because of the whole graphic novel/comic/artist aspect of Miranda. I only have two more completely unrelated things: 1) I wanted to know more about that year Kirsten couldn’t remember. It was such a huge part in creating and defining her character that I wanted to know more so I could understand her better. That story could have been told through a series of dreams that she doesn’t remember when she wakes up if the author didn’t want her or the other characters to know about it. That side storyline could have given the readers a better understanding of Kirsten. And 2) I have already stated that I thought this book should have been told chronologically, but i especially think that the last moment of the book should have been Kirsten seeing the electricity, not having another chapter after that. If that would have been the ending it would have left the readers with hope and a prediction for their future, instead that feeling is sort of diminished by the fact that there was more story afterward.

Also there is an airport near my house and everytime I drive past it I think of the airport in this book!

What did you think of this book?

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