What if flu wiped out 99% of the population? Station Eleven by Emily Mandel explores…

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Just after the death of famous actor Arthur Leander the Georgia Flu rushes around the globe, killing 99% of the population. The news of his death spreads to his ex-wives and oldest friend Clark as the Flu spreads. After holing up with supplies in his brother’s apartment Jeevan heads out into the world, witnessing the unravelling of the world he has always lived in. Years later, Kirsten who saw Leander die travels with the Travelling Symphony putting on Shakespeare plays and concerts in the settlements that have started, carrying with her a comic book he gave to her. And in this new world a mysterious and ruthless prophet has appeared…

This book was intriguing and thought-provoking and gripping, a great combination. I like to think of books like this as what if? books, where we are invited into a world not totally different to ours but with one drastic diversion. It gets you thinking, wondering and questioning the current world as well as taking an interesting journey into the alternate one. Emily Mandel performs this what if? admirably, interestingly and cleverly.