Station Eleven is a realistic look at a post-apocalyptic world after 99% of the population is wiped out by a pandemic flu. What I liked about the story the most was the undercurrent of hope that weaved its way through the changes and devastation. Families were wiped out and destroyed, but new friendships and relationships were formed as people formed new communities as they navigated their new circumstances. Twenty years after the flu crisis, life still looks very different – there are no phones, automobiles, electricity, internet – so people sort of adjust to the life immediately before them. This book really focuses on the relationships of the characters versus the daily challenges one would face under the same circumstances.
Because you don’t get to see some of the struggles, the book felt a little too tidy and simplistic. I find some of it a little unrealistic – I mean, live in an airport for twenty years!?! Bigger conglomerations didn’t form and then work towards developing some modern-day conveniences once again? Maybe I don’t understand how all of that happens, but it seems like society was more advanced in the 1930s than they were post-flu in this book.
Overall, I enjoyed the book so much. It wasn’t quite up to the hype I’ve heard, but I’m glad I read it and I would recommend it to others that haven’t read it yet! What did you like/dislike about this one?