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Station Eleven
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books
Finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award
Longlisted for the Bailey's Prize (formerly the Orange Prize), and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A New York Times and international bestseller
An American Library Association Notable Book
Named best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly and BookPage
Chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, TimeOut New York, and other publications; named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O Magazine, The Huffington Post, and several other publications; #2 on the Publisher's Lunch Best of the Best Books of 2014 list; the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read selection; a Texas Library Association Lariat List book; a Barnes & Noble Discover pick; an Indie Next pick; by all accounts kind of an unsettling read on an airplane

“ A novel that miraculously reads like equal parts page-turner and poem. One of her great feats is that the story feels spun rather than plotted, with seamless shifts in time and characters. ... "Because survival is insufficient," reads a line taken from Star Trek spray-painted on the Traveling Symphony's lead wagon. The genius of Mandel's fourth novel ... is that she lives up to those words. This is not a story of crisis and survival. It's one of art and family and memory and community and the awful courage it takes to look upon the world with fresh and hopeful eyes. "
- Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly

“Like Cloud Atlas, the back-and-forth movements in Station Eleven allow the author to make thematic connections across time. But Station Eleven takes the device an exciting step further. It uses the movements in time to build an incredible emotional depth into its characters. ... The result is a novel that carries a magnificent depth. ... Station Eleven also uses some of conventions of genre — there is suspense, science fiction and elements of horrors — but this is undoubtedly a literary work. It's a sweeping look at where we are, how we got here and where we might go. While her previous novels are cracking good reads, this is her best yet. "
- Claire Cameron, The Globe and Mail

“Ambitious, magnificent ... Mandel's vision is not only achingly beautiful but startlingly plausible, exposing the fragile beauty of the world we inhabit. In the burgeoning postapocalyptic literary genre, Mandel's transcendent, haunting novel deserves a place alongside The Road, The Passage, and The Dog Stars. "
- Kristine Huntley, Booklist (starred)

“A beautiful and unsettling book, the action moves between the old and new world, drawing connections between the characters and their pasts and showing the sweetness of life as we know it now and the value of friendship, love and art over all the vehicles, screens and remote controls that have been rendered obsolete. Mandel's skill in portraying her post-apocalyptic world makes her fictional creation seem a terrifyingly real possibility. Apocalyptic stories once offered the reader a scary view of an alternative reality and the opportunity, on putting the book down, to look around gratefully at the real world. This is a book to make its reader mourn the life we still lead and the privileges we still enjoy. "
- Sunday Express

“Audacious ... A group of actors and musicians stumble upon each other and now roam the region between Toronto and Chicago as the Traveling Symphony, performing Shakespeare — "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Romeo and Juliet" — for small settlements they find in the wilderness. Their existence alone provides the novel with a strange beauty, even hope, as one actress notes how these plays survived a bubonic plague centuries ago ... Station Eleven is blessedly free of moralizing, or even much violence. If anything, it's a book about gratitude, about life right now, if we can live to look back on it. "
- Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“ Haunting and riveting ... In several moving passages, Mandel's characters look back with similar longing toward the receding pre-plague world, remembering all the things they'd once taken for granted — from the Internet to eating an orange ... It's not just the residents of Mandel's post-collapse world who need to forge stronger connections and live for more than mere survival. So do we all. "
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“ Never has a book convinced me more of society's looming demise than Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, an apocalyptic novel about a world just like our own that, much as our own might, dissolves after a new strain of influenza eradicates 99 percent of the human population. ... Mandel displays the impressive skill of evoking both terror and empathy ... She has exuded talent for years ... There is such glory in humanity, in what we, through every plague and every age, continue to create — like this book — and in what we are capable of sustaining. "
- Tiffany Gibert, Los Angeles Review of Books

“ In this unforgettable, haunting, and almost hallucinatory portrait of life at the edge, those who remain struggle to retain their basic humanity and make connections with the vanished world through art, memory, and remnants of popular culture ... a brilliantly constructed, highly literary, postapocalyptic page-turner. "
- Lauren Gilbert, Library Journal (starred)

“[An] ambitious take on a post-apocalyptic world where some strive to preserve art, culture and kindness ... Think of Cormac McCarthy seesawing with Joan Didion ... Mandel spins a satisfying web of coincidence and kismet ... Magnetic ... a breakout novel. "
- Kirkus (starred)

“A unique departure from which to examine civilization's wreckage ... [a] wild fusion of celebrity gossip and grim future ... Mandel's examination of the connections between individuals with disparate destinies makes a case for the worth of even a single life. "
- Publishers Weekly

“ Enormous scope and an ambitious time-jumping structure, Station Eleven paints its post-apocalyptic world in both bold brushstrokes and tiny points of background detail. As the conflicts of one era illuminate another, a small group of interrelated characters witnesses the collapse of the current historical age and staggers through the first faltering steps of the next ... [A] powerfully absorbing tale of survival in a quarantined airport and on the dangerous roads between improvised settlements, protected by actors and musicians trained for gunfights. Mandel has imagined this world in full, and her ambition and imagination on display here are admirable. "
- Emily Choate, Chapter 16

“Dazzling is the only way to describe Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven ... Flashing between pre-outbreak life, the night the Georgian Flu begins its wildfire spread, and the future 20 years later, Mandel tells more than just an apocalypse story, she weaves an incredibly human one, with no individual tale left underdeveloped. ... Elegant, yet approachable, Station Eleven will compel you to conquer it in one sitting, and then linger with you as you go about your business. "
- The Barnes & Noble Book Blog