First of all i just came to know about this book when I saw Instagram post of Ian Harding holding this book and giving it a positive feedback. Station Eleven is a science fiction novel where the story surrounds one person and one incident. Station 11 is the name of the comic book of one of the characters. The book starts with the incident where there is a production of Kings Lear play. There the main character Arthur Leauder gets heart attack and dies on the stage. There we are introduced with other 3 characters namely Jeevan Chaudhary, Kristen Raymonde and Kristen’s baby sitter Laura who was dating Arthur.
After that day there is a breakout of Georgia Flu worldwide and most of the humans are killed. The surviving one are Kristen the paramedic in training Jeevan (who is informed by his friend a doctor about the flu after the play) and Arthurs best friend Clark and Arthur’d second wife Elizabeth and their son Tyler.
Kristen survived with her brother who dies as he got cut by a nail and got infected. Then since that day she joins Travelling Symphony who travel all year long performing Shakespeare plays. Kristen is smart and a sharp Knife thrower.
Jeevan survived the flu was with his brother and through his story we come to know how everything from water, to electricity to spread of the flu is seen.
Then after Arthurs death his second wife their son and his best friend are travelling in the same airplane and they are re routed (The Severn City Airport) and survive the flu. This side of the story shows how people survive without anything. How planes becomes homes and there is a museum where credit card and things from this world which they call former world is stored.
Travelling symphony’s main destination is the Museum of civilization or The Severn City Airport. Jeevan leaves the apartment when his brother dies and meets Dahlia who worked for Arthur. Jeevan also recalls his life as a journalist and celebrity paparazzi where he met Arthurs first wife Miranda.
The story goes on in a beautiful manner where there is a prophet and people who long for something to believe in. People have forgotten what Airplane is, what is orange, what is coffee. Thing such as internet is something to be fascinated about. It is going to be 20 years since the flu that rocked the whole world and how people survived and how will they move on.
I loved the novel but I don’t consider this as a science fiction that it claims to be. It is a beautiful writing and starting the pace was slow but it keeps you wanting more and think about what would you do if you were in that situation? The biggest thing is who is the Prophet? The book also follows the love story of Miranda and Arthur.
The beautiful and simple story of Arthur and Miranda is nice and I cannot believe that Station Eleven is the name of the comic book that Miranda drew. It follows the story of end of the world or a space ship that goes through black hole and the captain’s name is Captain Eleven. Miranda gives two copies of the first two volumes to Arthur and Arthur gives one copy to Kristen and one copy to his son Tyler.
The ending was perfect and it melt my heart reading how Clark reads the comic and reminiscences about the dinner party at Arthurs where he meets and has a nice chat with Miranda outside and the seating arrangement during that dinner is the same as Station Elevens picture. The Captain of the comic book is sitting where Miranda was sitting and he sees that someone familiar resembling him at the corner in the comic book where he was seated for dinner. I loved the ending that showed hope.