I’m no novice to the world of apocalypse fiction, having cut my teeth on Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ when I was 13 years old. The virus apocalypse, the zombie apocalypse… honestly, it’s my favourite genre. So when I kept seeing Station 11 recommended as a stand-out apocalyptic fiction book, written by a woman no less, I was eager to dive in. I’d describe this novel as softly written… lingering like a nice mellow merlot. There is no cataclysmic event (Without Warning). No grand worldwide scale (World War Z). No good-vs-evil implications (The Stand). No abject and unrelenting hopelessness (The Road). […]
I apologize now, this review will not really be a review. It is more a love letter to our community here at Cannonball Read. Of the ten books we had to choose from for So Popular, I had read most, but not all. The ones I haven’t read I don’t care to (looking at you, Divergent) so I was thinking about re-reading Eleanor & Park to go with last year’s re-read of Attachments or maybe The Martian to see if I still had a book crush on Mark Watney. I wrote up my #cbr10bingo list with a couple options and […]
I would give this a solid 4.5 stars (rounded up here). This book has been on my to-read list for over a year, and I finally was able to walk away from my ongoing series to listen to this one. It was an excellent audiobook, I really enjoyed the narration. Short synopsis: It’s the end of the world as we know it… there is a virus that wipes out 99.99% (est.) of the human population. The book primarily follows a few key characters throughout their time leading up to and the following 20(ish) years after the event. We also see […]
I think what I loved best about this book were its nooks and crannies. This is a book obsessed with tiny detail. Instead of feeling overwhelming or tedious, these details make the world seem lived-in and solid. For all the detail, however, the book still manages to feel dreamy and atmospheric. I wanted to wander with the Wandering Symphony for 300 more pages. Read the rest at Pop Culture Penalty Box.
Oh God, this book….this wonderful, wonderful book. The present-day world is crumbling as a deadly flu pandemic spreads like wild-fire and kills its victims in under 48 hours. Within weeks the entirety of modern civilization has been reduced to buildings full of corpses and eternal traffic jams of driverless cars. Air travel is history, satellites go down, the internet disappears, lights go out, and the world is plunged into the literal dark ages. So why is this wonderful? Mandel takes what could be just another post-apocalyptic narrative and turns it on its head. We don’t just get post-apocalypse, we get […]