Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – Read This If


So, clearly I failed to do that whole get-back-to-blogging-with-regularity thing I was promising, but let’s pretend that’s my new year’s resolution that might stick! I haven’t stopped reading or breathing though – or thinking about running. I think about running A LOT.

Anyway. Instead of running, I’m writing this right now. I hope you appreciate all my sacrifices.

On to the point! I’m so behind! So: Station Eleven! All riiight!

I picked up Station Eleven near the end of last year, about when Ebola was the top story on the news for months, and let me tell you, it was a little eerie. It was a pretty quick read (well, when you don’t have a million other things going on, anyway) and not entirely unrealistic. Some have pointed out that it’s not really true dystopian/speculative¬† novel, since it’s a pandemic that nearly wipes out humanity – and not a pandemic designed by humans.

But really, you should read this if:

  • You enjoy thought-provoking novels.
  • Nothing turns you on more than a good, humanity-erasing pandemic.
  • You like to listen to me and I say: you should read this. And I do say that.
  • You wonder how the world might look sans electricity – and all the things it powers.
  • You are currently without theme song.

Don’t read this if:

  • You seriously are more afraid of catching Ebola than of getting into a car accident.
  • You prefer to end up where you started (but maybe slightly better).
  • Time travel isn’t your thing. (I.e., you like your stories told in a linear, sequential manner.)
  • You’d rather not examine your consumerism/materialism too closely.
  • “Holiday” is your current theme song.

I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Ms. Emily St. John Mandel when she was in Saint Louis for her last book, The Lola Quartet I am so happy her latest has received much praise and press – it’s well deserved.

  • Hey! Nice to see you! I haven’t blogged since July, so don’t feel bad. Heh.

    I’m really looking forward to reading this one. Haven’t gotten to it yet, but hope to soon.

    • Cat

      Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I’ve been feeling like such a bum! Life just takes over sometimes, though. Honestly I miss google reader – I used to be able to catch up quickly on all my favorite blogs. Feedly is prettier but somehow didn’t show me everything I wanted! Maybe I’ll give it another go. Like how I’m having a conversation with myself?

      You definitely should read this one – I really enjoyed it. It was very atmospheric, but not in an in your face, night circus way (not to knock night circus). It was also a great study of what might happen if–.