Station Eleven (Large Print / Paperback)

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Recently, someone told me the word “apocalypse” in Greek means “an opening or an unveiling,” which changed the way I thought about the word. Post-apocalyptic fiction is one of those genres that you don't expect to affect you, at least not in a healthy way. Station Eleven doesn’t indulge a desire for destruction, nor does it retread all the things humanity has gotten wrong. This is a different book. 

"Survival is insufficient." Who would have thought that a three-word line from a Star Trek episode would encapsulate the importance of art and humanity's ability to thrive? This work is groundbreaking and recasts science fiction’s often cynical view into a manifesto of living life and celebrating beauty. 

This is one of those special books that doesn't grab you immediately; it grows on you. The rhythm of characters' inner dialogues builds itself into moments of revelation for the characters and the reader as both are encouraged to ponder the strangeness of what we consider everyday life, the forgotten magical qualities that technology appears to hold, the importance of other human beings to our sanity. I loved that in moments of stillness, characters would ponder the small things they remembered from normal life, like the way light reflected through ice cubes in a glass illuminates a face.

This is the apocalypse I want to live in, and the current world I want to live in also. It’s the one where humans still believe in sharing music and art as the antidote for regret and hate. Life emerges in impossible situations because survival is insufficient.

— Nate

September 2014 Indie Next List

“This is a harrowing and wonderful book -- blunt and elegant, wise and frightening, and utterly plausible at every turn. The characters are complicated, but their stories, short or long, are always deeply engaging. We -- our species -- always find ways, little by little, not just to survive but also to reestablish a sense of place, of community, and of compassion. Unsentimental yet deeply moving, Station Eleven is a terrific achievement.”
— John Christensen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594138829
ISBN-10: 1594138826
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Pages: 588
Language: English