Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

A post-apocalyptic novel that could easily be made into a film. Station Eleven tells the story of a number of characters from before, during and after an outbreak of the Georgian Flu. You are thrown straight into the story just hours before the flu epidemic begins.

Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city

Arthur Leander dies before the flu takes hold, but the people surrounding him are among the survivors. It is their journey you follow through the book. Kirsten joins the Travelling Symphony; a group of actors and musicians who travel from town to town performing Shakespeare to whoever is still there to watch. The other characters I will leave for you to discover as their relationships to each other become apparent.

Because survival is insufficient

In one town the Travelling Symphony meet a man known only as the Prophet. As his name suggests he is a religious man who claims to know of a bigger plan. He is held as a leader and seems to have a lot of control over his followers. I think the Prophet is very well written as you get a very strong sense of who he is without really knowing much about him. He reminded me a lot of the Governor played by David Morrissey in The Walking Dead.

I loved the way everything was wrapped up so neatly at the end. All of the relationships between characters become apparent and the various storylines completed themselves nicely without feeling rushed or unexplored.

5/5 stars

Get the book here Station Eleven (UK) or here Station Eleven (US)

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

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