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Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

A really good post-apocalypse story. Interesting literary technique in how the book focuses on several individuals who all know the protagonist, who dies, from a heart attack, the day the pandemic begins.


The story unfolds going back and forth between 20 years after the pandemic and 20 years before the pandemic to give you the back story on the individuals who know Arthur Leander.


Using the combination of a symphony and Shakespeare travelling troupe 20 years after electricity stopped working gives the story a unique feel to otherwise familiar story.