The Friday 56 & Friday Book Beginnings # 49

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and asks you to turn to page 56 (or 56% in your e reader) of your book (any book) and share a sentence or two that doesn’t have spoilers.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and is about sharing the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

Station Eleven

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be saviour, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Travelling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

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Book beginning

The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored. This was act 4 of King Lear, a winter night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Earlier in the evening, three little girls had played a clapping game onstage as the audience entered, childhood versions of Lear’s daughters, and now they’d returned as hallucinations in the mad scene.


Page 56

The sun was setting, the citizens of St. Deborah by the Water gathering for the performance. Far fewer of them now than there had been, no more than thirty in two grim-faced rows on the grit of the former parking lot. A wolfish grey dog lay on its side at the end of the front row, its tongue lolling. The girl who’d followed Kirsten was nowhere in sight.



This is a book that for me started off strong but got a bit boring as things progressed. Don’t get me wrong it is well written but I just don’t find the plot the most exciting and I am just over a hundred pages from the finish and I was hoping to have finished this sooner. The things I really like about this is the very real way the author has described the collapse of civilisation almost like the reader is living through it, but most of the time I’m finding the plot to be a bit dull with my favourite bits being the passages set during and after the fall as everything else doesn’t really hold my interest. From what other reviewers have said the ending is quite open with some people hoping for a sequel and there have even been hints at things not being properly explained at the end which for me will certainly lower the rating I give it. So all in all gorgeous writing but not enough really happening to properly engage me and I really hope to have this finished as soon as.

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5 thoughts on “The Friday 56 & Friday Book Beginnings # 49

  1. This book really stuck with me after I finished it. I think initially i gave an average review but after thinking about it every day for a year i re-read it and upped my review. It is actually one of those books which seems like it could be possible, unfortunately. Please check out my Friday Quotes post


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