“She tried to imagine and place herself in that other, shadow life. You walk into a room and flip a switch and the room fills with light. … When you’re in danger, you call for the police. Hot water pours from faucets. Lift a receiver or press a button on a telephone, and you can speak to anyone. All of the information in the world is on the Internet, and the Internet is all around you, drifting through the air like pollen on a summer breeze.” – Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
It doesn’t happen often, in our world engaged with more sensational news, but when books splash the headlines, I try to sit up and pay attention. In this case, the National Book Award lists came out with Emily St. John Mandel’s recent novel Station Eleven on the shortlist for fiction.
I’ve never been one quick to pick up apocalyptic plots or science fiction, but Station Eleven is more than typical sci-fi. The summary mentions “a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.” Risking everything for art and humanity hooked me. I bought the book, and, like the best books, I couldn’t stop reading.
Through the skill of the author, the story flows between the experiences of a handful of characters before and after a global flu pandemic. And in what must be a clash of timing, Station Eleven strikes a hauntingly familiar chord to the recent wave of Ebola sweeping our world. The book is so gripping, it was hard to distinguish between real-world news and Station Eleven’s storyline. Many weeks after turning the last page, I still can’t stop thinking about it.
Stop by GreatNewBooks.org and read the rest of my recommendation (click here). Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of my favorite books of 2014. If you read it, you might discover it’s one of your favorites, too.
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