Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Challenge #10 ~ “A dual-timeline novel.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My opinion in 3 sentences:

Station Eleven is a post-societal collapse novel, but tells the tale from a more mature perspective than I was expecting – it’s definitely a YA novel, but I’d say it was less MG/YA and more YA/NA (which makes a change from the usual post-apocalyptic novels I’ve read). In no way is this a bad thing, however, as it adds a level of haunting reality to the plotline, really hammering home the idea that this could happen at any time. Plus, the writing style, characterisation and plotline are on point throughout, so it’s not at all hard to read.

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

The moment when you discover who the prophet is. As with many of the characters, you’ve seen snippets of their life before and their post-collapse backstories, and all of a sudden the sad truth hits you.

A warning for the book:

At first, the opening chapters can seem to have nothing to do with the plot and introduce a whole suite of characters, but all will be revealed as the novel progresses. In fact, towards the end, there is a reflection back to these scenes, and you discover what happened to even the minor characters from King Lear.

Recommended for fans of:

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

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