title: station eleven
author: emily st. john mandel
duration: 10h 41min
“First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”
what it’s about:
arthur leander is an actor, who suffers a heart attack during a theater performance just before a flu is about to break out in georgia, which kills many people. civilization changes completely and 20 years later, kirsten raymonde, who survived the flu, travels through the former usa with a symphony to perform the play she did with arthur when he died. she’s also on the search for further comics of “dr. eleven”, that arthur once gave to her.
what i think:
well, i need to tell you, that i really struggled with the synopsis, because honestly, i still don’t know, what this book is about. i went into this thinking that it was a post apocalyptic story, which i usually really enjoy and which i am really interested in. i wanted to buy this book but i wasn’t sure, so i borrowed the audiobook from my library, when it was available. i was excited but pretty early i came to the point to think: what is going on here?
the thing with this book is, that it jumps between different timelines. there is the present with kirsten in focus but there is also the past with arthur – his life, his marriages. but that’s not all, it’s also about other characters like arthurs ex-wife or one paparazzi, that was follwing arthur’s life. and the book jumps back and forth between all those timelines. so it’s hard to focus, because once you are in one storyline, you jump to another one and in the end it somehow tries to come together. but by that time, i already gave up. i really had a problem with the jumping between the different storylines. and i was mostly interested in the world after the flu. but that wasn’t the focus of this book and it made me mad, because i expected something else.
another problem i had were the characters. i could not connect to a single one of them. i honestly just didn’t care for them. i found myself drifting of, because i wasn’t interested about their lives. i just had no interest in them. and i wanted to dnf this book many times. i didn’t do it, because so many people love this book and i wanted to know why. but i never found that out. in the end i still asked myself, what this book is really about. i didn’t manage to figure this out.
i’m giving this still two stars, because it kept me going. mostly because of curiosity and because in the end the story with the prophet was kind of interesting. also the comic part was ok. but it was way to less. there should have been so much more. the only thing, that i can definitely say, is that the writing and narration was amazing. i really could lose myself in it and it was beautifully done. it was just the plot and the characters that didn’t work for me at all.
what you should know:
“station eleven” by emily st. john mandel focuses on many timelines, before and after the outbreak of a flu in the world. there are several characters that are connected to each other and you’ll get to know those better throuought the book. what you won’t get is a lot of story about the life after the outbreak of the flu. i can’t really say, what you will get, because until now, i personally still don’t know, what this book is really about. i hope, that you will and maybe then you can tell me. 😀