Book 15 out of 50 for my 25 before 25 goal was Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. Like the Girl with all the Gifts, this was set in a post apocalyptic world, this time in the USA, and with no zombies.
The premise is that 'Georgian flu' (not a real thing - I googled) has wiped out 99.9% of the population (probably not one to lend to my mum - she's always worried about one flu epidemic or another) and this tracks a few people's (but mainly one girl) lives both before and after the word ends, and neatly shows how they're all linked in what is now a very small world.
It is a story of music, drama, murder, prophets, Pomeranians, comics and mayhem. It is very well written and not at all what I was expecting - this focuses very much on the human side of things, such as emotions and seemingly mundane backstories that most apocalypse books do not - I felt that this actually spent more time conveying the characters' connections before the flu than it did showing them in the post flu world.
Not what I would have picked up myself if I'd bothered to read reviews online (I did not, I just put it into my Amazon basket in a 3 for £10 frenzy), but I enjoyed reading it even if it was very different from my norm.
It was quite a quick read, and does leave you wanting to keep turning the pages, so I would recommend it to those of your that want a deep story - not those that want a zombie apocalypse slasher, because this is not it.
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