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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?