Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Quick take

This book is rich, deep, beautiful, and terrifying. Beautiful in its flowing, intelligent prose that draws the reader in so deeply that when I looked up from a page, I half expected Mandel's world to be the one surrounding me. Terrifying in its closeness because there is nothing about this book that seems unrealistic or too far of a reach when you step away from it and examine the world around you.

Why I love it

In Emily St. John Mandel's riveting novel Station Eleven, the global population is decimated by a virus known as the Georgia Flu. 95–99% of humanity is wiped out, almost overnight. Those who caught the virus were dead within twenty-four hours. Entire countries flicker, then blink out of existence. Those who remain are left waiting for help and begin to wander aimlessly when none arrives, hoping th...

Member thoughts



    "Holy crap. This is my first BOM book I bought outside of the monthly sub, and it is my fave! Dystopia at its finest, I cried like a baby throughout. So good, so good!"

  • Colleen K.

    Iowa City, IA

    "Comic books, Shakespeare, and the apocalypse. Intertwining stories that span a few decades, the globe, and the disaster that killed off most of the world. Beautiful, evocative prose. "

  • Sylvia M.

    Miami, FL

    "Revealed itself, after a slowish start, to be an elegant, lyrical, poignant meditation on humanity, on "all of the small details that comprise ... a life." Beautiful and surprising. I miss it already,"