Just Read: Station Eleven


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Ever since Katniss Everdeen whipped her braid back and forth every movie producer and book publisher has been clamoring for more and more dystopian, post-apocalyptic stories. So you could be forgiven for being OVER IT. But before you say goodbye to the genre forever, please give Station Eleven a shot.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set several years after a devastating influenza virus decimates the population. Society has collapsed, but humanity has not. The book follows several characters but is primarily focused around a group of traveling actors and musicians who spend their days performing works of art (Shakespeare, symphonies etc.) for spread out frontier like communities.

This is a kinder, gentler, example of the genre; quietly terrifying and heartbreaking but also beautiful and full of hope.

Have you read it? What did you think? Am I the only one who was reminded of Lost?

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Dara is a librarian to many, mom to two, and wife to one bearded man. Her hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, and serving as honorary (imaginary) godmother to Prince George. She has been learning to knit for 3 years. It is not going well.

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