Station Eleven is a post-apocalypse science fiction novel, but the apocalypse is just a backdrop for the story. The story jumps back and forth from before the ‘Georgia Flu’ to twenty years after. We also get a novel in a novel: “Station Eleven” and some Shakespeare too. The book is beautifully written, with fully formed characters that wander through the world both civilized and uncivilized. If you pick up this book thinking you’re getting a tale of the end of the world with lots of action, and a plot that revolves around clever technical twists, you may be disappointed. This is a reader’s book, one that makes you think about the nature of celebrity, civilization, and community.