Re-Read and Re-Review of Station Eleven✨
Pub Date: 11.16.2021
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
“Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.”
“First, we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”
Station Eleven is a re-read for me. I first read Station Eleven back in 2018 (pre-bookstagram for me). By this point, I’d say most of us are familiar with the synopsis of the book – a pandemic turns civilization upside down, and everything we know is now gone. Obviously, in 2020, this book hit way too close to home. I remember learning about COVID and thinking, ‘isn’t that what Station Eleven’ is about?’.
Before writing my review, I read my old review of the book, and honestly, not much has changed. Except in some way, I think the story resonated even more with me.
Emily St. John Mandel is truly a gifted writer, and I will gladly read everything she writes, even if it does make me uneasy at times because it feels a little too real for science fiction.
To repeat my earlier review, Station Eleven brought to light the things that we take for granted each day; the flip of a light switch, a hot meal, running water, a comfortable bed, safety, security, and family.
What was the last book that you re-read?