Station Eleven (book review)

The Movie Snob has been slacking off at the movies–so here’s a book review:

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (2014).  This “National Bestseller,” as the front cover proclaims, is well deserving of its fame.  There’s a global pandemic of deadly flu that kills over 99% of humanity, destroying civilization as we know it.  Nevertheless, twenty years later, the survivors persevere.  Some of them have formed a wandering troupe known as the Traveling Symphony, and they journey from settlement to settlement, performing Shakespeare and classical music.  The novel flips back and forth from the time of the pandemic and its immediate aftermath to events years later, but it’s not too hard to follow.  It’s exceptionally well written, and the characters come to vivid life.  In short, I thought this was a great read.  Even if you’re not a fan of science fiction or dystopian fiction, I think you ought to give it a try.

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