The past and present

In the novel Station Eleven by Emily Mandel the story has begun with a sort of flashback to what was

The story of an ending of the world is similar to many shows and stories that are presently showing like the walking dead and other apocalyptic novels. In this particular novel the survivors form a sort of family or group which call themselves the Traveling Symphony. They are introduced briefly in the following parts of the novel and they are in way remembering how they all came to be. How it started in the Elgin Theatre where Arthur collapsed to his death. How it shocked everyone who was there including Kristen who is now introduced as an adult 20 years after the tragedy.

There are still many questions that remain unanswered, like what exactly has happened throughout the world at this point. Is the group of people still alive living in pure ruins the only humans around the world. It is very interesting to see the way machinery and technology have become obsolete. How humanity has come to a point where the next new thing is not what phone will come out next year or who has the lastest gadgets but everyone is back to basic survival mode. It gives me a sort of perspective of life today and what really is important in everyday life.

It will be interesting to see how many other questions will be answered throughout the novel and how the characters in the novel will prioritize what really is important to them in this apocalyptic world. Knowing how cars are practically useless and singing and arts become the essence of everyday life will be good to see how they all evolve and become different people throughout.

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