Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel revolves around a epidemic going around called, Georgia Flu.
Part II was very confusing at first but then clear that this was a time skip/leap/post-apocalypse. Many of the population has died out due to the Georgia flu and from what I see, it focuses around Kirsten, a survivor of the Georgia flu epidemic. Some background information about Kirsten is that she saw Arthur die on stage when Jeevan tries to resuscitate him. The story shifts gears and now a group call the Traveling Symphony and what they do is travel to places to play music/preform plays. The epidemic almost wipes out everyone. Walking to each city with practically no one vacant in the cities to relieve the event that accord. Back in chapter 6, where Mandel writes about how there was no more of everything. She talks about how the epidemic takes the lives and many and no one would be left alive to know or remember.
The group wanders to play music for people but would people really remember, if there is no one to hear it or see their plays. “What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is such beauty” (57). What is nice about the group, is that they go around to find the beauty of the world and what is still left of the world. They find survivors and find out how they go on about their everyday lives post apocalypse. Traveling Symphony takes it upon themselves to travel around places, rather than staying in one area. It reminds me of those kinds of movies where they don’t have a physical location they can call home, but rather they going around with friends or family and wherever they go, they are home. They get to share their music, their plays through the survivors and show them that there is still beauty in this world even though many have died.Print this page