Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

fiction dystopian science fiction speculative fiction
adventurous dark mysterious reflective slow-paced

336 pages | first published 2014

Set in the days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the 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 a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

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adventurous 56%
dark 55%
reflective 55%
emotional 49%
hopeful 38%
mysterious 33%
tense 29%
sad 26%
challenging 15%
inspiring 13%
funny 1%
lighthearted 1%
relaxing 1%
informative 0%


medium 57%
slow 31%
fast 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 17% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 19% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 67% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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