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Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Title: Station Eleven

Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Genre: Literary / Post-Apocalyptic

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said in one of its other bajillion reviews, but I guess I can rehash a bit of it.

This novel definitely deserves the praise it’s gotten. I’m always skeptical nowadays when I see books getting tons of praise, because nine times out of ten, those book are overrated, over-hyped. When I finally get around to reading them, they end up letting me down because tall the hubbub made me expect so much more than the book could ever be.

But this time around, I feel that Station Eleven’s hype wasn’t too far off from the truth of it. This is a very different take on the apocalypse genre, that mixes together various apocalyptic tropes, like the wandering group, with a dramatic family and friends drama and a sharp literary bend. In particular, I liked the way that book built and explored connections between characters and how those connections affect the story, both in the pre-apocalypse world and the post.

I found the overall story very moving, and though I did think the plot meandered and moved somewhat slowly times, I found the book, in the end, to be a very satisfying deconstruction of the apocalypse genre.

Rating: 4/5

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