Over the past few years, the whole post-apocalyptic/zombie apocalypse/fall of society stories have had quite the surge in popularity. Books and graphic novel series like The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, and World War Z have found a place on many people’s bookshelves. With so many titles being released, one has to start getting selective on what they want to spend their time reading in this genre.


Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station 11” has its own perspective when it comes to the end of the world. Humanity has been wiped out by the “Georgia Flu,” a virus so contagious and powerful that it spreads with minimal contact and kills its victims within hours. There are no zombies in this book, just those who were lucky enough to escape the infection when it swept through the planet. People’s means of survival varies from traveling caravans to setting up shop in an abandoned airport. Some of the survivors have even pledged their faith to occult religions that have sprung up to alleviate the feelings of survivor guilt that anyone would have being around in the wake of such a catastrophe.


What sets “Station 11” apart from all of the other post-apocalyptic themed stories is Emily St. John Mandel’s writing. She does a beautiful portrait of the characters she describes, and has these heart-aching poetic dialogues that make you get lost in the pages. The way she writes feels as if it’s coming from someone’s own internal monologue. Just imagine all of the racing thoughts you’d have if you were one of the people who came out of hiding and realized that almost all the other humans had died. Here’s my favorite one:


“No more internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.”


I recommend this read if you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic adventure that revolves not so much around zombies and blood baths. This one is more geared toward the minds of those who are doing their best to move on when the entire world collapsed.


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