Fiction, Science Fiction

Book #32: Station Eleven

I like post-apocalyptic fiction, but I am a bit burned out by it.  I can tell how burned out because I’ve now waited a few months to write this post and I can barely remember what this book is about.  An airport?  Something with comic books?  What I do remember is that Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel seems to me to be more about the intersections of the lives of people who knew the actor who dies at the beginning on the novel than the apocalypse that takes place.  And that’s fine.  It seems almost silly to have the apocalypse in there at all, really.  It does up the stakes and create the environment to have a traveling, Shakespeare-performing orchestra, though.  Since that’s my secret dream retirement plan, sans worldwide plague, I liked that addition.

I have nothing particularly bad to say about the book, but if you’re looking for good apocalyptic fiction, I can think of a few examples that are better.  If you’re looking for beautiful writing, I can think of several examples that are better.  The book doesn’t commit any particular wrongs, but I wasn’t as moved by it as by something like The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Goodreads rating: 3 stars


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