“Station Eleven”, by Emily St. John Mendel

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Station Eleven Review

Overall Book Rating: 4/5

Read it, or save your time?  Cool and different; definitely worth throwing into the mix.

What’s it about?  Kirsten Raymonde is watching a live performance of King Lear when Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack on stage.  That same night, a deadly flu pandemic strikes, and within weeks, the world’s population is all but wiped out and civilization as we know it is obsolete.

One of the few survivors, Kirsten joins a band of traveling artists who roam from town to town performing plays, determined to keep something beautiful alive.  However, when they enter the town of St. Deborah on the Water, their meager existence is threatened by a dangerous prophet and his band of followers.

Flipping between life before the pandemic and the present, all of the characters become tied together in a creative and surprising way.

Reviewer’s Note: Embarrassing, but the storyline freaked me out a little, and I was a germaphobe for weeks after reading.