Station Eleven follows the story of several characters, Arthur Leander, a famous actor who dies onstage of a production of King Lear, Jeeven Chaudhary, an EMT who used to be a paparazzi who jumps onstage to save him, and a young child actress named Kirsten Raymonde, who witnesses it all. However Arthur’s death is only the beginning on the story, or more accurately, the middle. Shortly after Arthur’s death a deadly flu virus quickly spreads across the earth (similarities to today’s events were not intended, but are quite ironic), and the book flips back and forth in time, recounting Arthur’s life and love affairs pre-death, Jeeven’s struggle during the beginnings of an apocalypse, and Kirsten, who is now in a travelling symphony, performing Shakespeare to what remains of a ruined post-flu world, trying to avoid the control of an evil prophet. There are a lot of plot lines to follow, but by the end they all weave together fantastically to create a wonderful, and thrilling story.
This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. It took me a while to get into, I read the first couple chapters then didn’t pick it up again for months. But once I started reading it again I couldn’t stop. There are a lot of plot lines to follow, the book jumps back and forth in time, to the past, present, and future, and between several characters. This sounds really confusing, and it was at times, but I promise it is worth it. The different characters and their stories all weave and blend together in this amazing story that was so intense and thrilling. Plus, with all the different characters you’re following the book has something for everyone. There’s the glitz and glamour of Arthurs hollywood love life, a classic apocalyptic story, and a post apocalypse story with a crazy religious prophet and his cult. This book is insane in the best way possible. I’d recommend it to almost anyone, except for people who want an easy, light read. Because this book is neither of those things, and that’s what made me like it so much.