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Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

By Emily St. John Mandel

  • Release Date: 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4
From 1,752 Ratings


2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Some parts were better than others

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    I was waiting for the book to get really good. It would get there, then go back downwards. And I thought it would be more at the ending
  • Very confusing read

    By Tobi2011000
    Hard to follow - the book preview sample seemed interesting enough until I started reading the pages of the book I purchased. A real disappointment!
  • Better over time

    By arokeee
    For some reason I had a hard time getting into this story. It just didn’t go anywhere for me. But funny how a pandemic will change your perspective on an apocalypse story. Since finishing I’ve thought about these characters and what they endured through quite a lot - it’s a beautiful and hopeful idea of humanity and the world steadily moving forward.
  • Haunting Read

    I read this during the Covid-19 pandemic and even though this book is more than just a pandemic story I couldn’t help seeing some small similarities to what we are going through now. This author has a unique style of writing that I appreciated more towards the end. I honestly didn’t want this story to end and wanted to learn more about the characters and where the future was taking them.
  • A great read!

    By Reads-at-night
    I bought this in November of 2019, but didn’t start reading it until July 2020. A pandemic? Really? How apropos. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Good but..

    By Krlsizyzzzz
    I enjoyed this book so much! I am just so amazingly sad at the ending! I hope this is just the first in more to come .
  • How strange

    By lb by the lake
    I picked this book during my quarantine for Covid19. I was unaware of what the book was about, but I had just finished The Glass Hotel and read that another of her books had been translated into several other languages and was intrigued. As I began to read I got chills up my spine realizing the parallel instantly. I loved Station Eleven as well as The Glass Hotel. In both cases after I began the book I had a hard time putting them down. Even when I was performing my day I would think about the stories and the intertwining of the characters. I am in my eighth week of isolation in Lakeside, Oregon in 2020 and hoping that we are not headed to a Station Eleven.
  • Great book!

    By PeterC420
    A great read, a little too close to home with the current Coronavirus going on. But as some reviews have said, its a story of survival & hope. Definitely memorable
  • Do not read this book during a global pandemic...

    By Pixxxxxxxi
    OK, so I picked the worst time to read this book. It’s seeping into my dreams and making me panic more. Maybe I would have felt differently 3 months ago? While the book is well written the jumping back and forth and telling all these little snippets of peoples lives is not a style I generally enjoy. Sometimes it seems like it’s leading towards character development, but then most of them are dead so the development feels useless. I’m determined to finish the book despite it bleeding into my reality right now, and I really really really hope that norhing in this book ever comes true.
  • Don’t pass this up

    By jones44/877
    Other reviews have said it and I’ll say the same, I didn’t want it to end. The writing had me hooked from beinning to end.