Mighty Life List
Jan 27 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set in a post-epidemic landscape, with 99 percent of the population having been wiped out. My favorite part:

Toward the end of his second decade in the airport, Clark was thinking about how lucky he’d been. Not just the mere fact of survival, which was of course remarkable in and of itself, but to have seen one world end and another begin. And not just to have seen the remembered splendors of the former world, the space shuttles and the electrical grid and the amplified guitars, the computers that could be held in the palm of a hand and the high-speed trains between cities, but to have lived among those wonders for so long. To have dwelt in that spectacular world for fifty-one years of his life. Sometimes he lay awake in Concourse B of the Severn City Airport and thought, “I was there,” and the thought pierced him through with an admixture of sadness and exhilaration.

Reminds me of the Louis CK bit on cell phones and flying.

5 Responses to “Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel”

  • Megan Says:

    I’m just in the middle and am loving it.

  • Sarahmia Says:

    This sounds amazing.

  • ranger Says:

    One of the better novels I’ve read in the past few years. I’ve already recommended it to several people.

  • Miette Says:

    It’s so so good. I couldn’t be more glad to see Emily find a broader audience.

  • kristina Says:

    Reminds me of the Bone Clocks. It’s getting to the point where these kinds of stories just stress me out – I don’t want to live in a post-apocalyptic world, and I don’t want anyone I love to, either.