Book Review: Station Eleven
ashley | I’m a big fan of apocalyptic novels. Every time I come across one, I start fantasizing about what I would do in that situation and I am so curious about how my city, Toronto, would end up if the world ended. So when I picked up Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and discovered it took place primarily in Toronto, I was thrilled. And as I kept reading, the thrills kept coming.
Reading so many books of this genre can get old, but St. John Mandel has a whole new unique take. I enjoyed the way it was structured, kind of jumping from before and after, telling people’s stories as you meet the characters, but interlacing small details that all kind of tie together a bit in the end.
There’s so much to like about this book, from the characters to the apocalyptic setting to the romantic notion of technology. I really liked Kirsten and how she was kind of a thread in all this. And the entire idea of the traveling symphony, that was really cool. I like the hope that art and music is powerful enough to defy the apocalypse. It was almost magical in this otherwise dark story.
A lot of the conversations between characters created my own kind of conversations, they were thought provoking and insightful and really made you think twice about your current life and luxuries. The nostalgia was very vibrant throughout, it almost made me long for things that I haven’t yet lost.
The ending might have been a bit rushed and ultimately I’m not sure I found this as amazing as a lot of others did, but it was pretty beautiful, witnessing the survival and the beginning of something new. It inspired hope and a warm and fuzzy feeling, which is always a great feeling after a realistic look at the downfall of our civilization. Something I’m going to carry with me into our unknown future.
september 9, 2014