Book Traveling Thursday #5 – A Book That Made Me Emotional [12/8]

Well, hello there everyone, it’s Thursday, which means it’s that time again. That’s right, it’s time for Book Traveling Thursday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Every week, you choose a book that relates to the chosen theme (which is posted at the beginning of every month) and look at the covers that the book has from all around the world. You can find more information about it at the BTT link I posted above.

This Week’s Theme: Some books make us cry… Choose a book that made you emotional!

My Choice: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of my favorite books of all-time. It’s dystopian fiction but it doesn’t read like your average dystopian novel. It’s overall a very hopeful view of the apocalypse and what becomes of humanity after everything falls apart.

Summary (From Goodreads): An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding 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 Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Twenty years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

US Cover 

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This is the cover I own and it’s absolutely lovely. I know that they re-released copies of Emily St. John Mandel’s books to match this one and I absolutely love it.

My Favorite Covers

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My Least Favorite Covers

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2 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursday #5 – A Book That Made Me Emotional [12/8]

    • Joyce Linnet says:

      There’s a lot going on but it’s so hopeful for a dystopian novel and very well-written. Weird stuff makes me emotional, though, so I’m not sure I’m the best to base things off of.

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