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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This book was great, almost unputdownable. I love post-apocalyptic books because they show humanity and what really matters. This book is about the Georgia Flu (an Ebola-esque virus) that knocks out over 99% of the worlds’ population. The story is told half right before the collapse and half after the collapse. It also has several threads that tie the past and present together nicely.

It was fascinating to read about how infrastructure and civilization all die slowly after the collapse. It is weird to think if something like this actually happened we would easily end up back in the middle ages. Civilization is based upon the collective knowledge of billions. We actually don’t know anything individually.

The quote of the book: “Because survival is insufficient.” The story follows the Traveling Symphony (a caravan of actors and musicians who travel from town to town to play Shakespeare-they bring art and shared experiences). It is odd how Shakespeare is is the one artist that lasts and still resonates after 400 years. The Traveling Symphony is caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

This book left me wanting more. There are some loose ends that were not tied up. I am hoping for a sequel. I can only hope. I haven’t heard any news indicating there will be a sequel.

4/5 stars!

 

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