Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Re-Read and Re-Review of Station Eleven

Genre: Fiction
Format: 📖🎧
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.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Station Eleven, please add it to your reading list and add Sea of Tranquility while you’re at it. Next on my St. John Mandel reading list is The Glass Hotel.

What was the last book that you re-read?


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