Imagine Ebola only a million times worse. That’s the premise for Station Eleven, an apocalyptic novel of a virus that infects immediately and leaves the patient dead within 48 hours. The author imagines that scenario as a group of virus-free people hole up in an airport trying to survive. Other groups take over small communities, but a would-be savior establishes a cult that threatens the freedom (and lives) of those that come in contact with him. And lastly, a nomadic group of actors travel throughout the upper midwest, in an attempt to keep the arts alive in the era after the apocalypse.
What a great novel! It was definitely a page turner, with wonderful character development, setting and narrative. Emily St. John Mandel is to be commended for such a thought-provoking book.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
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