This sci-fi novel won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke award for transcending the post-apocalypse

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May 7, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT

If you've been looking for a new genre novel to sink your teeth into, look no further than the 2015 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award.

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven has won the prestigious U.K. sci-fi book award, with a novel that has scored rave reviews and puts a unique spin on the post-apocalypse. In a world drowning in The Hunger Games and its various knockoffs, this is a breath of fresh air. The novel was also a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.

Check out an excerpt from the official synopsis below:

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity… 

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Station Eleven is available now via Kindle, audiobook or good old-fashioned paper copy.

(Via The Guardian)