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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Review: Station Eleven

I was going to post a review for this book for next Friday's Cephalopod's Coffeehouse, but I finished another book yesterday and I want to review that for the Coffeehouse next week.

Starting on April 17 I will be participating in the library's book discussion group. I decided to join in for three of the books like I did last year. In high school until 2010 (until I switched to an English major) I participated in every book discussion. I have always found them interesting and a chance to read books I normally wouldn't pick out.

I can honestly say I wouldn't choose Station Eleven. It's an end of the world sci-fi novel about the end of the world. The world ends in November 2013 after Arthur Leander dies during a Shakespeare play. No, the world doesn't end because an actor dies, the world ends because 99% of Earth's population dies of the Georgian Flue. Only 1% of the world survives and everything goes into chaos.

The book opens in 2013, but goes back and forth between 2013, 2033, and the past for Arthur Leander's life before he died in 2013. Basically the stories intertwine and lead to the main characters together in 2033. Arthur Leander is the father of the prophet who kills people because he sees himself as the light and the people that survived were chosen by God to survive.

I don't want to give spoilers, but it was interesting... I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads because it was hard to suspend disbelief. After the world ended, they lost the ability to have electricity, medicines, vaccines, etc. That seems farfetched to me, especially the flu. Kiersten, the main character, has PTSD and can't remember the flu and her year of wandering at all. She only remembers when Arthur Leander dies and when Arthur gives her a comic that his ex-wife created. That comic is what brings people together because the Prophet gets his ideas from that comic. The traveling symphony that Kiersten tours with loves and performs Shakespeare on their walks.

It's a very dystopian novel. Some compare it to The Hunger Games, but I wouldn't go that far. I'd suggest reading it to read it. It wasn't the worst book I read, but the book really depressed me. Even this video proves the book is preposterous.


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