One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and 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 theater 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 Traveling 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.”
Can I give this a 4.50? I heard about this book on the Modern Mrs Darcy blog and then it literally kept following me around – so against all my natural instinct I picked it up. Glad I did. After a long reading rut, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was the best part for me. There was enough information given that I wasn’t annoyed and enough information withheld that I wanted to find out what happened next.
Although there are some plot holes – or rather nuances that I didn’t appreciate.
You know that these characters are somehow interlinked – but when you eventually find out how; it’s slightly underwhelming. Like that’s it? It was almost like the 7 degrees of separation theory set in post doomsday. Another thing I found very casually done, was the outcome of the Prophet. I’d guessed his identity earlier on – didn’t guess how (why was pretty evident) he came to name his dog Luli but all of a sudden, the Prophet stops being an issue… like what? How? Wasn’t there more to him – but I guess that was the whole point right, mortality at its best? Finally the way the author brings in so many characters and then leaves the stories untold… particularly Prophet’s mom…I’d have love to hear more about her. Or the way Kirsten’s brother dies. The loved ones lost were just put away — and I really really wanted Kirsten to recover her lost year.
While reading the book, I kept wondering why no one was working towards rebuilding. Why folks have just accepted their destiny. Mankind built the former world why can’t they rebuild it now? So I was very happy with what Kirsten was shown by Clarke.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Was a very satisfying read.
And it’s totally put the luxury of A/C back into perspective.