Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015
Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.
Week Two: Civilization has crumbled.
Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.
Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan, a bystander warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife, Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend, Clark; Kirsten, an actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'.

Emily St. John Mandel was born in Canada and studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the author of the novels Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, The Lola Quartet, and Station Eleven and is a staff writer for The Millions. She is married and lives in New York.
©2014 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2014 Audible Studios
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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss H L Jones on 16-05-17

A refreshing change for the genre

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The intertwining tales of the characters all had depth and emotion. It does not run chronologically, part flash backs and jumps through each character or groups but I never felt lost as can often happen with the format. The novel flowed beautifully. I particularly enjoyed that it delves into human behaviour & emotion, the light & dark sides of people and made me think a lot about regret. The human condition is undoubtedly flawed but this book left me feeling more positive for the unknown future & how there are more goodies than baddies out there! And no zombies!! Great narration too, pitch perfect throughout.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Not just another dystopian novel

Would you listen to Station Eleven again? Why?

Yes. It was well narrated and very well written.

What other book might you compare Station Eleven to, and why?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Perhaps because I read them back to back but it's another novel that transcends the genre by being character driven, therefore appeals to people who may not be fans of science fiction.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Although the premise is a dystopian science fiction novel, Station Eleven is a character driven plot. The book switches back and forth between several narrators, both before and after society crumbles due to the onset of a massive flu epidemic. The characters’ lives all intertwine in some way or another, some straight away, others not until the climax of the book, but all their lives seem to have been affected by the movie star Arthur Leander, whose death marks the beginning of each of their journeys. The dystopian element of the book provides a background upon which each individual is shaped, rather than being the driving force of the plot, so if you’re not a fan of science fiction or dystopia, it really doesn’t matter because this is a book about people and how their lives interconnect in a world without modern connections.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Naomi on 03-04-16

Loved it

If you could sum up Station Eleven in three words, what would they be?

Compelling and thought provoking

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed it and will probably listen again at some stage.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 19-01-15

Dullest apocalypse ever

Nothing new here from post outbreak reimaginings of recent films. I'm disappointed with this esp as it made top ten lists of 2014.

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