Friday, December 12, 2014

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Set just before through twenty years after a terrible flu pandemic has wiped out 99% of the human race, this novel is captivating, entrancing, and frightening. Its plot is plausible and its characters multi-faceted and real. I couldn't put this book down, but I also had to stop reading at certain points just to make sure I was able to go to sleep that night.

Told from the perspective of multiple characters, and not in chronological order, this novel gives a full, real account of what it would be like to be alive during a time of utter devastation. What it would be like to know what the world is capable of, the technology and advancements, and then to see them all disappear in the blink of an eye. To suddenly find yourself in a world with a much reduced population and none of the modern advantages you're used to. How would you survive, assuming you had survived in the first place?

Absolutely captivating and utterly terrifying, I couldn't put this book down.

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