Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Book Review - Station Eleven
Station Eleven is a kind of bizarre book. I knew that it was a novel set after the collapse of society (flu kills almost everyone, which you know, isn't as far-fetched as I want it to be). I didn't know that it centered around a traveling symphony. I was actually super excited about the book, and telling John about it, and as I read the synopsis on Goodreads, thought it sounded kind of cheesy. But I went ahead and read it, because I had heard good things. And I really liked it. The story jumps back and forth between about 20 years after the flu outbreak and about 20 years before. And how the main characters lives somehow intertwine over the years and everything that happens.
Overall, I thought this book was interesting and well-written, but I wanted more closure at the end. It was one of those books where it seemed like the author was just like 'Meh, I'm tired of writing. It's good enough." And I know authors do that sometimes for effect, and to make the reader fill in the blanks, but sometimes it works better.
I'll probably check out the other books by Emily St. John Mandel at some point. Maybe they have more closure?