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Review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

St. John Mandel weaves together the past, present, and future in this post-apocalyptic story about a pandemic (which has been made into a limited series I have high hopes for).

My smarty friend Laura recently told me that Station Eleven has been adapted into a limited HBO series that begins this Thursday. One reviewer calls it "a beautifully wrought piece of storytelling" (Vulture). I'm excited to give this a go...despite the fact that Station Eleven is centered around a pandemic.

Station Eleven tracks an interconnected web of lives--of a Hollywood star who meets his demise at the start of the devastating pandemic, through the lives of others who knew and loved him, and back and forth to the past where the actor got his start and to the future, where a traveling troupe of performers wanders the wastelands. Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed prophet wields dangerous power.

St. John Mandel's post-apocalyptic story offers various minor, intriguing aspects that come together in an unexpected way. I was taken with her writing style and loved how smoothly the shifts in time and chronology worked.

Do you have any Bossy thoughts about this book?

I mentioned Station Eleven in the Greedy Reading List Six Fantastic Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels as an additional book that could fit into that list.

St. John Mandel is also the author of The Glass Hotel as well as other novels, and her novel The Sea of Tranquility is slated for publication in the spring of 2022.