Station Eleven | End of the World Book Club.

Episode 2 of the #endoftheworldbookclub is here. I read Station Eleven in May and June, and these are my thoughts. Let me know if you enjoyed it!

The previous video:
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Station Eleven
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The Midwich Chuckoos
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In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.

The Fallen Children
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Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming…

One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable ‘Nightout’. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

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Comments

ShelbyJ says:

I LOVE this book!

a makeshift library says:

so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I actually really liked the comic book story haha I wish that there had been some illustrations and panels throughout the novel from the comic. I did a video review of Station Eleven on my channel, in case you wanted to check it out (:

Rose Reads says:

I love STATION ELEVEN and still think about it all the time. I’m not normally a dystopian fan but I feel like there was something for everyone in that book. Such a great read! :)

iamstargirl says:

So glad I found this book through your channel! Station Eleven is now one of my favorites, and I’m actually looking forward to reading more post-apocalyptic themed novels. :)

Cynthia Desgagné says:

If the end of the world happened and I survived, I guess I would be trying to bring back electricity and such. I would definitely turn into a tinker of sort.

danabanana321 says:

this book was so amazing! I loved it and thank you for the video. without you I would have never read it.

Mel Books Babies Being says:

How have I NEVER heard of this book before!!?? *places order immediately!!

The Sheep and the Wolf says:

I read this book quite a while ago so I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember loving the slow, poetic vibe of the story even though some pretty intense things are going down. It doesn’t dwell on the frantic “I don’t know what’s going on” stuff that so many dystopians (YA in particular, I think) focus on.
What I also love, about this book and dystopians in general, is when they’re set not too long after the actual apocalyptic event, so that people from “the time before” are still around. In The Girl With All the Gifts, you get this young soldier who was born right around the time the world ended, and he doesn’t understand how money works, so his older superiors who still remember using it have to explain it. In The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, which I read recently, the end of the world is more of a slow descent into chaos under an absolute regime. But because it’s not one big event, you get a lot of people from different places and of different ages having vastly different experiences, even though the world they live in is the same.

Ciara says:

You should so check out Fever by Deon Meyer, a very similar end of the world scenario but sounds like a pretty different perspective. It’s set in South Africa as the author is South African (the book is translated into english), and it’s interesting to see that influence. It’s written as a part of a recorded history for a community built post-end of the world, with several smaller accounts from different characters scattered through the main narrative, but it revolves around a father son relationship from the perspective of the son reflecting on his life. It also touches upon the building of community, mystery, romance, family, philosophy… etc. So interesting! I will also definitley be checking out Station Eleven, your description makes it sound like my cup of tea. :)

Books and Looks says:

ummm that is so awesome that it was Star Wars. I would totally geek out about that haha.

meelichar says:

This makes me want to read it again!

bookbabble says:

This book was amazing! It’s one of those books that just stays with you. I love all the Shakespeare references peppered in it!

I listened to the audiobook as well and it was just as enjoyable as reading the physical book.

tommykayreads says:

One of my favorites books that I read last year. I like stories where there are seemingly unconnected characters, but they all come together in the end.

mabusestestament says:

You wanted recommendations Sanne, I really, really recommend something by Philip K. Dick, imo the king of dystopia. He’s one of the most celebrated science fiction authors of all time. Though he wrote from the 50s up to the early 80s his stories really seem to click especially with our times, which is why pretty much every of his books are (again) in print and easily available.

Blade Runner 2049 comes out later this year and the first movie (and I guess this sequel) is based on his masterpiece Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, (a lot of movies are based on his work) but that’s just to name one title.

Pugsie says:

I recently read this book as well! Love it, it’s so amazing. Here is a link to my full review on Goodreads where I praise it more 😉
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1169069959?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Meanwhile, in Norfolk says:

I’m the planet’s expert on end of the world literature and Station Eleven broke into my Top 20 last year. One of those books that sticks with you for an age after you’ve read it. My only criticism of it was a lack of attention to the polluted land that would be left after the end, i.e. nuclear stations melting down etc. I’m excited to hear that you’re reading Wyndham, give J.G. Ballard and John Christopher a look. Ever read ‘Survivors’ by Terry Nation? It’s not a masterpiece of literature but it’s a good, solid end of the world tale. Enjoyed your vid, nice one!

Liz K says:

I loved that one, I found it when it was new at the library. I live in the Great Lakes region (west Michigan) and it hit home like crazy.

Ariele Anuva says:

This might be a bit of a *spoiler* but I actually really enjoyed the comics. I felt like they brought Miranda’s character so much more depth and dimension than she would have otherwise had, and I liked how the Doctor/Station Eleven were figures of hope for children reading. I liked the perhaps overwrought metaphoric parallels between the Undersea and Earth as well, and imagining what they might look like irl.

But also I think that more concretely, the comics were a reminder of shared humanity for Kristen and Tyler. She notes at the end that they might’ve had similarly lonely upbringings, both growing up (they were the same age too, or a year apart) in the wake of the virus with only one living relative, and clinging onto the comics as ideals/parcels of meaning from the old world. Of course, they both ultimately grew up to be vastly different people and had many other formative experiences as well that shaped that development.

As always, this was a lovely and thoughtful review. I love how you always manage to hit on so many things from books and give us great, balanced yet still very personal thoughts and opinions!! I think I’d probably like to be a museum curator if I got to see the other side of the end of the world :)

BallroomPink says:

Oddly beautiful.

Sandra Laurentino says:

I absolutely loved this book, it was one of my favourite reads of the past year. I love how poetic it is and how hopeful the ending is, as if when the worst is pass humanity resurfaces and somehow you know things will get better.

raysplaceinspace says:

Gosh I loved this book!

CatherineLTM says:

My friends and I read this book I think 3 summers ago and we loved it ! We are from the areas that the traveling theatre goes through so it felt strangely familiar.

The relationship building and the culmination of everything at the end was so well done. It’s one of those books that felt like a more realistic ending of the world !

The Reader's Athenaeum says:

I’ve not read this book yet but you’ve definitely inspired me to do so! :)

Samantha Anderson says:

Do you have any other examples of modern day stories being acted out in the future? It sounds so interesting, but I can’t think of any shows or books that has something like that.

The Reading Need says:

yeeeeees! absolutely stunning. one of my all-time favourite novels <3

Aashi Dhaniya says:

Am I the only one who had the problem with the lack of conflict in the story? Like the hook for this one is a major plot point and yet the book reads like a “slice of life” story where the plot that follows takes the back seat and you accept whatever comes your way but that’s not what you’re in it for. The writing is amazing (not as literary as people would have you believe, adding shakespeare references doesn’t make it literary I guess) but I constantly found myself asking, what’s the point of this and what is it leading up to? (unpopular opinion!)

read lightly says:

I just finished Station Eleven not even knowing that it was this month’s pick! The writing was so inviting, and I loved the intertwining stories. Such a cool story!

Kalie Johnson says:

I loved this book so much. It was so well written, I enjoyed the style so much more than I thought i would. So great! Also I would love a Goodreads group. Just so it’s easier to keep track :)

Last Panda says:

thats so weird you mentioned lost im watching it now lol its amazing

Eric Karl Anderson says:

For a future bookclub suggestion: I’d highly recommend The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. It’s a newish novel about a catostrophic London flood/breakdown of society and a woman who gives birth amidst this chaos.
Great thoughts on Station 11. I loved this novel too – although I love dystopian fiction this struck me much more as a novel about a man’s ego and celebrity and how he lost all control of that (just like in Shakespeare). I wasn’t sure about the title and the meaning of the title either.

Lia Billqvist Ung says:

the thing I love the most about Station Eleven is how the end of the world has come and past an all of that, but the writing is just super chill – even when reading about the most horrible parts I never felt particularly stressed about it, which was a nice change from other more action packed media

lykaiosreads says:

Was the dragon film you mentioned ‘Reign of Fire’? I remember being obsessed with that film as a kid and it was maybe one of the first post-apocalyptic films I saw, and that Star Wars scene seems very familiar.

Kathy Trithardt says:

I think you mentioned at one point that you’d be putting together an End of the World Book Club playlist with videos from.yourself and other people who talk about the books; is that still going to be a thing? Did I possibly make this up in my head?

Lauren Burns says:

I really enjoyed the book. Loved how all of the characters stories intertwined.

Ana Cruz says:

If it’s dystopian I will probably like it!

Last Panda says:

your channel inspires me to start reading these great books that you have this one sounds really good too

Leydi Pena says:

Can you please do a book review on Ready Player One.

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