Book Review: Station Eleven


Title: 
Station Eleven

Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Rating: 
Genre: Fiction, Dystopia, Adult
Pages: 339
Published: January 1st, 2014
House: Picador
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

My Thoughts:

Though I gave this book a 3.5 rating (which is still a good rating. See my rating system.)I was just a bit disappointed because I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did.Read More »

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Book Review + Giveaway: The Year of Lightning

Title: The Year of Lightning
Author: Ryan Dalton
Rating:
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery (YA)
Pages: 345
Format:
e-book
Source: Author
Published by: Jolly Fish Press
Expected Publication: January 12th, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself.

Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete.

In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that’s driving the deadly storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.

 

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Admittedly, I was kinda nervous leading up to reading this; it was my first time participating in a street team and also because this was in a way required reading. It was something I had to read because I made a commitment. And if you haven’t notice, I’m a mood reader. Which means my overall vibe affects what genre I (or book) I feel like reading and at the time I wasn’t really feeling Sci-Fi.

My Thoughts:

I was so relieved when I started reading this book and found it caught my attention despite not being in a Sci-Fi mood. There were a number of things in here that I found refreshing to see and I think thats what made me want to continue on with the book.Read More »

Book Review: Carrie

Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Rating: 
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: 242
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Goodreads Synopsis:

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

 

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