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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Moods

adventurous 58%
reflective 57%
dark 56%
emotional 49%
hopeful 39%
mysterious 34%
sad 30%
tense 30%
challenging 16%
inspiring 14%
funny 2%
informative 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 59%
slow 28%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 45% | A mix: 43% | Plot: 9% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 15% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 16% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 55% | No: 21% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

4.2