Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel ****


What was lost in the collapse: almost everything,
almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.

On a snowy night, a virus spreads like wildfire through cities, countries, the world. Most people die, some survive.
Twenty years later, a group of actors and musicians travels from settlement to settlement, performing Shakespeare.
If civilization was lost, what would you preserve?
And how far would you go to protect it?

Part of this book follows the life of Arthur before the virus, before the collapse. How he became famous, how his relationships failed and how he wishes he could have done things differently.
I both liked and disliked him. Or maybe I shoud say that I pitied and disliked him.

By the time he returns to Toronto for another movie, he can’t go out in public without being photographed..

This reminded me of how I sometimes feel when I see how celebrities can be ambushed and stalked. Their truths turned into lies. Words pulled out of context. As if the moment they became ‘celebrities’ they stopped being human.
Still, Arthur made some pretty stupid/selfish/bad {take your pick} choices and that’s why I disliked him. The way he treats others, the way his life turns into one big act..

..Miranda could almost see the script: ‘Arthur looks up. Beat.’ Was he acting? She couldn’t tell.

And he had it easy, he lived his life before the collapse.

After the virus hit and you survived, there were two options.. You either locked yourself away or you tried to get away. On way or another, eventually you walked.
Kirsten walked the whole first year, but she doesn’t remember that time. Maybe it’s for the best, maybe she wouldn’t even want to remember.
Now she’s part of the Travelling Symphony, they are her family, friends and everything in between. Not everyone survives in the same way. Different people look in different directions. Some look at the people around them and others look up towards the heavens.
So when a prophet starts calling the shots, the Symphony is split up.
Losing people is hard.

Hell is the absence of the people you long for.

This book is beautiful. The different characters all add to the general feel of the story. They are all connected even though not all of them are aware of that fact.
Everyone deals with what happens in their own way. Everyone makes different decisions.
I honestly don’t think I would have survived. You have to be really strong to make it through.

There was one point towards the end where I was wondering if maybe there were too many characters for such short book. But then it picked up speed again and it all came together beautifully.
It’s not that there were characters that I would have left out, I liked all of them because they all have their own part to tell.

And in the end it wathe smallest voice that sang the loudest.
The scene that really made me tear up, had no main characters in it.

There were tears on his face.
“Okay,” someone said, “but why are you crying?”
“I’d thought I was the only one,” he said.

Imagine that.. imagine being the last person alive.

If you haven’t read this book yet, you should give it a chance.
I thought it was amazing and I’ve been writing this review for the past three days.
I wanted to do it justice..



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