Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world, and follows a group of musicians who travel around and perform music and theater for the few people left in their area. One on of the last nights before the “Georgia Flu” wiped out the majority of Earth’s population, eight year old Kristen was in a production of King Lear, and the lead actor Arthur collapsed on stage and died of a heart attack. This book follows the story of Arthur’s life and the people in it before and after the pandemic. Years after Arthur’s death, Kristen is a member of the Traveling Symphony, the group of musicians that travel and perform.

This story is a very interesting take on what the world would be like after such a large epidemic that wipes out our planet’s population. I really enjoyed reading about the Traveling Symphony and how the group thought that bringing music and art to people who have lost everything would bring happiness to them. It gives me hope that when things don’t go well and we can’t rely on technology and electricity, there are simple things left in life like music that can bring people together. Reading this book also made me realize how thankful I am for the technology that exists in our world today, because you can see how difficult it is for the characters in the book to even communicate with people far away. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction novels and reading about a post apocalyptic world.

-Christina

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July 27, 2016

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