Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Day Eight and I thought I’d move on from a book about burning literature to a book about trying to preserve it- and humanity – after the apocalypse. My photo for this one might be a bit of a giveaway but I absolutely love this book.

The story begins when a well known Shakespearean actor collapses and dies of a heart attack on a Toronto stage the same night a mysterious flu sweeps across the city.  Twenty years later the flu has ravaged the world and left pockets of isolated civilisation struggling to survive. A travelling orchestra moving along what was previously one of the Great Lakes keeps Shakespeare’s plays alive using whatever scraps they can salvage. We only see a small cross section of the society that’s left but in it people cope in very different way; by preserving what made them feel human before; embracing religious zealots; reminding themselves of the terrible things they’ve had to do to survive and trying to find somewhere to call home.

I loved absolutely everything about this book; the layout, characters, background, writing. Everything. So much that it seemed an obvious choice to base my deer tattoo on the cover design. Someone described it as a love story to humanity and I agree- it’s an uplifting apocalypse tale in that it tells the story of people clinging to, and either keeping or losing, their humanity. 


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