Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Station Eleven

This book took my breath away. Do not go by the flap copy of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Trust me, and Kathleen, who recommended it to me. Yes, this is a post-apocalyptic book and yes, it is by it's very nature gloomy at times. But it isn't all doom and gloom and people looting and murdering. Yes, there IS that, but there are so many moments of beauty, of quiet, of reflection. This is a book about love and hope. This is a book with characters you will not soon forget. I think this would be a book that parents could read with their teenagers. There's much to talk about but the "message" isn't stilted or heavy. It is wrapped neatly in some plot. But mostly those characters. Back and forth through time, the story takes us in and out of a post-plague world, connecting lives and thoughts. It is so good.

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