I encourage anyone to go get this book set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, either from the library, a friend, or do the right thing and buy it already.
There is a lot to unpack in this book. Most obviously is its examination of feminism. By obvious I mean at times the author beats you about the face and head with her metaphors making sure you understand this book is more than a story about the collapse of life on Earth.
It’s also about more than the inner thoughts of characters – and the use of metaphors are an interesting and fun way to explore someone’s state of mind without them directly stating what they are thinking (a nice show and not tell). I have a hard time with making metaphors and I am impressed. The author is forgiven for being so direct about being indirect, because these metaphors are important, and multi-layered, and complex just like life, just like anything; sometimes there are no correct answers.
Sometimes there are no correct ways to live, and then again there are. The author gets this point across in subtle ways too, revealing to us (in not so subtle ways) the fragility of life and of everything we know, of everything we love and find both meaningless and important all at the same time. And yes, I almost became a prepper while reading this.
I would like to offer further discussion about what I saw as feminist angles explored in this book, but that might have to come later. It’s an easy read, with a thrilling start and interesting characters.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.