Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

byEmily St. John Mandel

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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Winner of the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Sunburst Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Prize and for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller

The international publishing sensation now available in paperback: an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition, set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse

One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend and a young actress with the Travelling Symphony caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She has written several novels including Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, The Lola Quartet, and Station Eleven. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. In 2...
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Title:Station ElevenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443434876

ISBN - 13:9781443434874

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Intriguing! I am not usually a fan of this genre so when I was given the book to read for school, I wasn't too excited, though, I ended up falling in love with the book! It can be confusing in the beginning at some points as it goes from the past to the present time but when everything starts coming together it's magical. I love how the book is centered around where I live, it adds a lot of perspective and relation to the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stays With You The story and intricate plot make this a memorable and slightly haunting read and is now one of my favourite books. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inexplicably compelling I honestly cannot figure out why this book is as good as it is, but it's great. I'm sending a copy to my sister with a note not to read what it is about. I think it'd be an amazing book to go into spoiler-free, without even knowing the genre or premise.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Odd pleasure This is by no means a book that I would typically like, but it has something that keeps bringing me back to it. Nothing tremendously special about this book, but every time I think of the best books I've read last year, this one keeps coming up! I would read another one of her books without question!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . I liked this book. The things I liked about the book were how it went from the present to the past a few times to show what life was like before and then after. I also liked the story line to a degree although I sometimes felt like it dragged on in the first few parts of where it was explaining the new setting, (before chapter 13 but after the flu breakout). I mean, 6 chapters is a bit much, and it doesn’t take that much writing, at least for me, to understand what’s going on. The world’s totally desolated, I get it. I think the author should’ve just written one chapter on this stuff explaining what’s going on in the most convenient way possible and then continue with the story. But then, that’s my opinion. I’m not saying that my opinion isn’t credible. I quickly grasped the theme for appreciation because the characters still do stuff like they did before the outbreak like plays and they show appreciation for the pre-outbreak world by remembering what it was like. The plot kept me interested enough I suppose. Overall I got an ok impression of the book and the rating I give it is 4 stars.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really interesting blend of genres I greatly enjoyed this mix of genres, and the interweaving of stories across time and continents.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This story was truly incredible, I first read it for a school reading club and could not put it down, literally! I then read it a second time right away. It was just so captivating and I fell in love with every single character and all of their faults. The plot is very chilling and haunting as well, which makes you really acknowledge and be grateful of our society today, knowing that it can all be lost in the blink of an eye. Overall, I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Absolutely brilliant novel about humanity and the preservation of hope. The structure of the novel is genius and all of the characters are beautifully portrayed. Must read and highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can Shakespeare Survive as Mankind nears Extinction? This tale begins and ends with the same death. As Hamlet opens, an aging actor fumbles his final lines. Within days, the world is cast into darkness as a deadly virus kills off most of mankind. I enjoyed sharing what seemed to be very personal experiences of a closely knit cast of characters. As we follow two decades of post-apocalyptic drama, St. John Mandel breathes life into what is undoubtedly the worst of times as mankind teeters on the brink. The rich tapestry of characters blend together, immersing the reader within their close personal thoughts and their subtle encounters. She has captured the realities of a world without hope. And yet within this dark saga of death and sadness there may still live some sliver of hope for the future. An unusual element mixed in with this captivating tale and connected to its key characters is a graphic scifi novel that seems to parallel the tragedy itself adding its own unusual tale and flavour to the story.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Story There are a lot of post-apocalyptic novels these days, and they tend to be very dark and hopeless at bottom. This book is a picture of what the best of the human spirit might come up with in a post-apocalyptic setting: Shakespeare, traveling along the lakeshore, love, and creativity. It has some obstacles, of course, and some hard scenes, but that's to be expected; you can't weather the end of civilization and not have cuts and scars to show for it. But overall, Station Eleven gives us hope.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I read I've read so far in 2017 This was SUCH an interesting and beautiful read. Yes, this is a dystopian book, but it's so much more than that. It focuses on character development and relationships. The different narratives never got confusing or disjointed... All in all, it was great storytelling and a book that I couldn't put down nor did I want to end.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the coolest science-fiction novels This book is so calm and refreshing, but also stunning in its prose and its subject matter alone. I've never read an apocalyptic novel that felt so real, and yet so understated. With its element of classic literature and its atmospheric style, this book was incredible. (It also sparked a new personal interest in graphic novels... Looking forward to reading some classics of that genre now).
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read this year! I really enjoyed this book. It was a little artsy, a little sciencey and did an awesome job bringing together a number of characters in different settings and timelines. I couldn't put it down and would recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites!! This book was assigned to me in University to read, and I think it is one of the best books I've ever read in school. How it jumps from character to character, but somehow still links them all together in the end. It's one of those books that you cannot stop thinking about and you force everyone around you to read it. Top 10 for sure.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it. 3.5 stars. A gentle dystopia that will give you food for thought and hopefully make you appreciate more what you have right now.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book terrified me. I'm not usually that affected by post-apocalyptic fiction. I don't know if it's something about the nature of the pandemic, how well-developed the characters were, or the perfect descriptions of the desloate world... but this book scared me, intrigued me, made me think, and left me both sad and hopeful.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I generally don't like post-apocalypse stories, but I found this one very interesting. Easy to read and hard to put down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Storytelling I love post-apocalyptic stories, mostly because they depict the best and worst of humanity. I loved that much of this book focused on a woman protagonist, which is something we don't often see in dystopian books. I found the climax a little too easily come by, and wanted a much bigger showdown with the main villain, but overall, I thought this was great storytelling.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Interesting! Amazing concept, but the delivery was so interesting. A truly interesting read,
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book you never knew you wanted I hate apocalypse books. They're never believable and they're always so crude (zombies, war, etc.) This book was the opposite. It discusses so much more than basic survival after an apocalyptic event. And the event itself (though unavoidably a little rough) was still believable. An amazing read. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional This book has a roller coaster of emotions
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best books I've read recently it makes you profoundly sad.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting A mashup of speculative and science fiction. I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great homage to Canada I love that this book was mostly set in Canada because there aren't very many books of this genre set here. It was a compelling read and made me think although I probably won't read it again.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Book From the very beginning of this book I was hooked. The middle drags a bit and in my opinion you could have gotten to the conclusion of the book within a shorter time. The strength and detail of characters is impressive.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it. Received this book as a gift a few years ago upon recommendation for my liking of distopian-esque novels. The book begins with a captivating storyline but suddenly turns over to a something quite confusing and lackluster. Never before have I stopped a book midway through because it was boring despite an interesting beginning...maybe one day I'll give it another try.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterful entwining of time, pre - during and post world collapse. St. John Mandel expertly weaves lives together in a smooth and introspective way. I have never experienced such flowing story-telling when it comes to leaping between time and view points, it was truly impressive. This book will bring you through to a new reality that is frightening to consider. This story will surprise you. It's frightening, it's touching, its sentimental. It is so unique in it's story telling and was truly a pleasure to read. I will absolutely be reading this novel again. Hats off to Emily with her incredible skill.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting The setting is interesting, however I found it a bit difficult to follow the different time lines and characters at times. Certain aspects of the book require suspension of disbelief. At times it felt tedious, however for the most part an easy read.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in 5 years I picked up Station Eleven on a whim one day, and, equally 'whim-ly' I brought it on a vacation. This is one of those books that comes along every once in a while that makes you realize why books are so amazing and important, and what a really good book can do for you. To put it mildly, I sat on a plane and walked through the airport and wouldn't put it down - not once, not even to check in for a flight. Station eleven is about a flu pandemic that effectively ends the world. However, instead of it being a dark or depressing post apocalyptic work (which let's be real I also love) it's a dark(ish) but also eerily hopeful and certainly beautiful book about a group travelling 15 years after the fact. They have dubbed themselves 'the traveling symphony' and travel around the Great Lakes area performing Shakespeare, because, in their words, 'Survival is insufficient.' It fast forwards and reverses continually in time, centred around the story of one Arthur Leander, who dies on stage as King Lear the last night in Toronto before the world falls about their ears. To describe this book as anything less than perfection is to do it a disservice.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in 5 years I picked up Station Eleven on a whim one day, and, equally 'whim-ly' I brought it on a vacation. This is one of those books that comes along every once in a while that makes you realize why books are so amazing and important, and what a really good book can do for you. To put it mildly, I sat on a plane and walked through the airport and wouldn't put it down - not once, not even to check in for a flight. Station eleven is about a flu pandemic that effectively ends the world. However, instead of it being a dark or depressing post apocalyptic work (which let's be real I also love) it's a dark(ish) but also eerily hopeful and certainly beautiful book about a group travelling 15 years after the fact. They have dubbed themselves 'the traveling symphony' and travel around the Great Lakes area performing Shakespeare, because, in their words, 'Survival is insufficient.' It fast forwards and reverses continually in time, centred around the story of one Arthur Leander, who dies on stage as King Lear the last night in Toronto before the world falls about their ears. To describe this book as anything less than perfection is to do it a disservice.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised It's been a long. long time since a book unexpectedly blew me away, but this one did. It is a perfectly crated tale and I inhaled it. Once it was finished, I felt sad for weeks. It's really that good.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Post apocalyptic- no zombies World ends due to killer flu. Post apocalypse characters are mostly tied together through a famous actor who dies just before the flu spreads. Book flip flops across time. Characters are much better than you would expect for a Hollywood connection.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This books just screams "sequel"! What a book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Station Eleven. An apocalyptic story, that back and forth in time, adding to the lives of characters caught some years after Ground Zero. Life at the Severn City Airport was exciting, and as the Travelling Symphony struck out to head south, it ended. All too quickly - when is the sequel going to be published? Life then imitates life now, in that there is always someone who thinks they are better than everyone else, and forces people to bend to his misguided ways. Fortunately in this future, there are very few people and even fewer people like the Prophet in control. Good triumphs over evil, and I am left wanting more!
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good story! I loved this book! The author is very good at keeping you interested in all the different story lines. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagine if... I read this book on vacation in the Rockies, surrounded by impossible mountains that had been here much longer than we have. And stars, including the Milky Way. And wondered if you could ever go home. Beautiful end of the world fiction.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Station Eleven Excellent book, great writing style, love the story. Well thought out, and utterly believable. SF at it's best!
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Station 11 A beautiful yet haunting story by a writer who has found a story telling style that is truly Canadian.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Really enjoyed this book by another Canadian author. Really made you question "what would you do", as the story is close enough to actually happening one day....
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow I gave up on this story a little over half way. It is a painfully slow read, mostly because the reader is continuously taken into the past to hear about some irrelevant incident in a character's past. I suppose I can't say for certain the trips to the past are irrelevant, since I didn't finish the book. However, the fact that the story failed to motivate me into finding out how it all fit together says it all. I also found the character development weak. In the end, I couldn't get invested in who these people are or what ever happened to them.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Station Eleven A wonderful weave of interesting characters and settings with a fascinating look and a pre and post apocalypse world. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspired and beautiful read I thoroughly enjoyed Station Eleven. I found myself entranced by the story, a beautiful spider's web of inter-connected lives and fortuitous coincidences. Strongly recommended.
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating, unique and thought provoking! A future dystopia or a future emerging from our current dystopia?Thoughtful and thought provoking look into a plausible future as it looks back at our time with fondness, curiosity, and some regret.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories and I loved this one. I was so sorry when it ended. Don't you love when that happens? Now, I'm going to read her previous three, I liked it that much.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I couldn't put it down. Expertly woven tale. Equal parts adventure, philosophy and art. My first book by this author and it won't be the last!
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool read This was a cool book, both for the content and for the style of writing. I'm definitely going to check out the other books by this author.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This book flowed effortlessly between different characters and stories. I had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Very interesting story and told in a unique way. A flu wipes out most of the world, and unlike many apocalyptic novels, it focuses more on what happens after that. The pace is of the story is steady throughout, but I didn't feel the end was climactic enough. Overall, a very good book though.
Date published: 2015-03-04

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