Friday, November 7, 2014

Station Eleven

Insufficient. I found the perfect novel to read while Ebola virus hysteria swept the United States: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The contagion she creates, the Georgia flu, spreads easily and quickly infects almost the entire global population. In the post-apocalyptic world she builds there is art and hope, thanks to the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of artists who travel from one settlement to another performing music and Shakespeare for the remnant of humans who realize “survival is insufficient,” or, there’s more meaning and purpose to life, and art is of great value. This novel stands alone as being a sweet tale of relationships and the importance of community. There’s tragedy and villains and loss, but at the core, there is love and hope. I expected dystopia and found happiness in this version of life after an apocalyptic event. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Station Eleven from

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