Everyone has imagined what life would be like after a apocalypse. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel gives us her take on what a future after an apocalypse would look like and it is pretty chaotic.
Station Eleven: Summary
During a performance of King Lear in Toronto, a famous actor has a heart attack on stage and dies. Jeeven gets warned about an epidemic that is spreading fast and is killing at a high rate. Jeeven heeds his friend’s advice and bunkers down at his brothers isolated home. Hours later, the world is sent into a panic as a horrible epidemic starts killing most of the population.
Fast forward twenty years after the outbreak and the novel follows a nomadic group of musicians and actors. They travel all over the country and perform plays all over the Great Lakes region. We come across Kirsten who was only eight when the outbreak first occurred and remembers little of her life before then.
The troupe returns to an old town to reunite with two of their fellow actors. But they can’t find their two members and here about a guy who has taken over the town and goes by the Prophet who kidnaps women and marries them. The troupe decides to leave town and find their friends before it is too late.
I enjoyed the novel a lot and the dark overtone of it. It makes you wonder how many people will become unhinged if society falls apart. Mandel paints a picture of a world were delusion and chaos seem to be norm and how innocent people become pawns in this lawless world.
Station Eleven reminds me a lot of Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage. In Cronin’s novel, their are hoards of zombies and a bit of the supernatural but the overall theme is the same. I recommend both books but The Passage is a big novel whereas this novel is a good read for about a week.