Spoiler Page: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This is a SPOILER PAGE for the book Station Eleven. This means that nothing is held back about the book here. If you have not read the book, this page is not for you. My review of the book is here.
Consider yourself warned.
I had not planned on writing a spoiler page on this book but after I posted my review and comments started coming in, I knew I had more to say… more I could not say in my post, but I can say here.
Arthur Leander… what an interesting character. I really loved how the book made him a central player and all things branched out from him (like 5 degrees to Kevin Bacon). That part of the book I think was the heart. I think it played out well through the book all the way to the Prophet being his son (which I also loved!) I was impressed with that whole story line.
Kirsten also is an interesting character and I like her connections throughout the book as well. Her story though feels incomplete… as the book ends Kirsten is heading towards the lights… (I want to know about the lights!!!!) I get that the author may have left us wondering intentionally and eventually (when I am done pouting) I may come to terms with that but for now I feel like there should be a second book to make
me feel it all better.
The things that boggled my brain….
- The Prophet (kudos on who he was… I did not see that coming, probably should have but didn’t) but not really all that scary. Sure he stalks them.. sure he takes a few of them and yeah, one dies, but that was an accident. And then… when the big moment comes and you think “Oh no! This is it.” It is. It that is. Because as soon as it gets a little tense, BAM the Prophet is dead and everyone carries on. Wha?
- Jeevan. I liked him. I wanted to know more about him. We get a hint at what his brother is referring to and then he is dead by his own hand. Jeevan seems ok with it. Ok, I get that… desperate times and all that. Then next time we see Jeevan he has made himself a home in a hotel and has a wife and kid. Huh. I would have liked to see him some how encounter Kirsten again but instead he is like this character we kind of get to know and then the writing is jerked out from under us. I wish we had never met. (Ok, I don’t mean it… I liked Jeevan.) 🙂
- The people in the airport. Yes I get that they were afraid of the flu virus. But after so many years.. wouldn’t you be curious? Wouldn’t you go explore and look to see what happened to towns? Or want something more? Wouldn’t there be empty houses and hotels that one could find to be more suitable living? I understand they were scared in the beginning, but its been twenty years. Suck it up people. Time to rebuild.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked the read a lot. I am actually having a little fun here at the book expense. 🙂 I was just surprised that it was such a peaceful read and for the most part it is just about the lives we had to where they are now. Pieces filter in here and there but nothing pressing… nothing hair-raising. And the Symphony goes from point A to Point B with only a hiccup of action. They find their friends… no harm no foul. They play their music. They heal. They move on.
La te da.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Am I wrong to have wanted more action? Did you love the book? Hate it? or like me thought it was pretty good with a few “huh” moments? Let me know in the comments. 🙂