Why did I love this book?
Station Eleven starts with the world falling apart, then moves forward. Since my novel starts two days after an earthquake, I thought Mandel’s book could teach me about the aftermath. And it did. Mandel’s book is incredible, and also features a strong female lead (like my book). But Mandel’s novel is also a weird book, and weird tends to work when it comes to post-apocalyptic material. The cult leader in my novel has to be at least a little bit influenced by the airport cult leader of Mandel’s imagination.