Run for Your Life!

As I finished part 2 and 3 of the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel my heart was beating a little fast. I have so many questions I don’t know where to start. On page 2 it states, “Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city.” After reading this I was so confused, the setting of this novel is all over the place in opinion so after reading that it went back to Jeevan walking in the park and I was a little lost. So far in the book Jeevan seems like an innocent soul.   He doesn’t have much friends, doesn’t have a lot of family and he’s just getting his life together. From the readings it’s obvious that Jeevan was sad about the death of Arthur but he was proud in the actions he took and wanted it to be known, hence when he was about to tell his long time friend Hua about what happened at the theater. Everything was going smooth as butter (besides the fact that the whole night flipped upside down) until Hua told Jeevan about the Georgia Flu outbreak. At first, like the cashier at the grocery store where Jeevan cashed out in when Hua was informing Jeevan about the outbreak I didn’t think about it as much, that’s not really something strange to hear, we had the outbreak of swine flu, Ebola, and others so reading through the dialogue was nothing until you read more into the book when Hua calls Jeevan again for the third time and tells him to leave the city with his brother and Laura. When he started going into details about how many people were in the ER and how many people died (Thirty-seven patients were dead including every patient who had been on the Moscow flight and two ER nurses who’d been on duty when the first patients came in)my heart started picking up speed. My first thought that came to mind was an apocalypse . I’ve watched too many movies where a sickness broke out and it ended up killing thousands of people, World War Z, Quarantine, Quarantine Terminal 2, The Walking Dead, Shaun of the Dead, etc. Jeevan had the right mindset of going to the grocery store and leaving with seven carts full of food just in case of a crazy outbreak. But as in reality, the news minimized the situation to keep the citizens calm in time to find out what’s happening but Jeevan was not playing at all.  I could only imagine how Jeevan felt this night, he gets tickets for him and his significant other to watch a play and during the play the lead role dies on stage, which is where Jeevan jumps into action and tries to save his life, then his girlfriend Laura ;eave him there through all the chaos , and now his friend is telling him that he needs to take his things and the people he love and get out., and what makes it worse is as he is telling Laura to leave the city because of the flu outbreak she is on the other end of the phone being real calm and not listening to the instructions Jeevan was telling her to do, “because she doesn’t like watching the news before bed.” (3) I don’t know much about Laura but I can tell I already don’t like her, especially not for Jeevan. To makes matter worse, Jeevan brother Frank is in a wheelchair so he wouldn’t be able to travel a far distance with him through the snowstorm and on top of that he left the grocery store with not one cart but seven carts full of necessities he thought he would need just in case he had to be inside for a while ( an apocalypse in my opinion) , had to push all seven carts in the snow to his brothers apartment , which he lived on the twenty-second floor. Jeevan is having a very long day.  Now going back the beginning where I quoted page 2, when the narrator said “Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. ” I think he meant that they died from the flu . I think the narrator gave us a hint on what is going to happen throughout the book and I think the whole city is going to be affected by the flu and Jeevan might be the only one that survives. I thought this novel was going to be boring but I can’t wait to find out more details.

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