Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mandel travels through time, showing us the fragility of our existence through the stories of those connected by random collisions making us question if we live bound to the chains of destiny or the whim of chance.
Woven through a disconcerting, time warping narrative, characters of the past, present and near future try to reconcile broken relationships in the wake of a super-flu that erases 99.99% of the human population.
Station Eleven makes the reader question what is it, that we do everyday, that is really important. How do we insulate ourselves from "reality" by hiding in the pseudo reality of distraction?
The reader is rewarded for staying with the story through a plodding slow moving first act. As the connections between random characters become more clear, and the importance of their actions ripple forward in time, the beauty of the story becomes clear and the reader is left wondering if we are a galactic mistake of randomness, a species of destiny or somewhere on the infinite points in between.
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