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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2018, mr-b-s-emporium-gifts, favorites

You know what? The blurb (unsurprisingly) does a good job of explaining what this book is about.

For any fans of post-apocalyptic stories, or lightly sci-fi tales, this takes an interesting approach - moving forwards and backwards through time to examine the differences between a pre-flu and post-flu world in the various characters lives.

It’s a little like those episodes of The Walking Dead where you flash back to one character and look at them in detail. Ironically, in this tale, it is their knowledge or experiences with one man - who does before the super flu arrives - which drives all the links in their stories.

This is a very well-considered and thought provoking trip through the apocalypse, in general avoiding some of the main cliches of similar books or dwelling on gratuitous violence, but maintains a ‘new world’ that feels realistic. More than 99% of the world’s population gone in 3-4 days, what mattered before this time and what matters afterwards?

‘Survival is insufficient’

The travelling symphony, like other artists before them risk their lives and compromise how they live in the new world, in order to share their talents and knowledge of theatre and music. The Museum of Civilisation, similarly feels like no matter what happens to the human race, we will still lean towards recording or doing something more than merely surviving... cave paintings in the past were not technical guides to aid knowledge sharing, so what were they? A need for something more than just existence or survival.


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Reading Progress

May 5, 2018 – Started Reading
May 5, 2018 – Shelved
May 5, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
May 5, 2018 – Shelved as: mr-b-s-emporium-gifts
May 5, 2018 –
page 38
11.41% "This is so good already... now 🤫 I’m reading"
May 9, 2018 –
page 142
42.64%
May 17, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites
May 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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