Station Eleven

Hardcover, 333 pages

English language

Published Nov. 21, 2014 by Knopf Publishing Group, Knopf.

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4 stars (7 reviews)

Station Eleven is a novel by the Canadian writer Emily St. John Mandel. It takes place in the Great Lakes region before and after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the "Georgia Flu", has devastated the world, killing most of the population. The book was published in 2014, and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award the following year.The novel was well received by critics, with the understated nature of Mandel's writing receiving particular praise. It appeared on several best-of-year lists. As of 2020, it had sold 1.5 million copies.A ten-part television adaptation of the same name premiered on HBO Max in December 2021.

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Read almost in one go

4 stars

If not for food-, sleep- and toilet breaks I almost read this in one go. Harrowing and layered story that gives a surprising entanglement of characters.

Even days after finishing I still had ah-ha moments when I suddenly understood how and why some things happened and who was connected to whom.

Wish there was a sequel where you learn more about the characters. Some parts are eerily recognizable now we had a real pandemic.

Mind you; the book is not sci-fi! It is our world after a pandemic; no fancy, crazy tech is used or invented in the book.

Station Eleven

4 stars

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Inizio con due informazioni di servizio: con la prima vi ricordo che questo libro è disponibile anche in italiano, edito da Bompiani con il titolo Stazione Undici; con la seconda confesso di aver involontariamente un po’ barato per questa task perché solo una parte del libro è ambientata nel Midwest. Eh va be’.

Cosa scrivere di Station Eleven? È uno strano libro: tra le sue pagine non ho trovato niente di nuovo, niente che non avesse già letto in altri romanzi. Compare un nuovo virus influenzale e la malattia che si diffonde rapidamente e altrettanto rapidamente uccide, senza dare tempo al personale sanitario o a chicchessia di prendere le giuste precauzioni o organizzare un lockdown. Insomma, SARS-CoV-2 e COVID-19 scansatevi. Finisce la civiltà per come la conosciamo e seguiamo un gruppo di persone in questa nuova …

Gripping Read

5 stars

This was recommended to me and I went in knowing very little about it.

I found it to be a really gripping novel; hard to put down. I was really excited to see how the characters lives intersected and how they handled the trauma of the devastating pandemic.

The book tells the story of the characters at various stages of their lives ranging from many years before the pandemic, to around 20 years after. This gives a really interesting perspective on the characters, and keeps the pace of the book fast and interesting.

Highly recommended!

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4 stars

There was a lot in this I really enjoyed. Interesting characters and a fascinating set of situations, all very tightly plotted and woven together in a system that slowly became visible throughout the novel. The structure and style of it has a lot of similarities to The Passage - something the book slyly acknowledges at one point.
However, I can only give this four and not five stars because the ending - or, more accurately, the climactic point of the narrative - feels too short and brief, almost perfunctory in the way it happens. When I was getting towards the end, I was thinking that I'd missed something in the blurb and this was just the first book of a pair or a series. There was enough going on and being built up I couldn't see how it could be resolved in that space - and I'm not sure it …