Full disclosure, this book was a little hard to read given the current circumstances. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book and it was very well written and I was completely absorbed by the characters. However, reading a book about a flu pandemic that wipes out society as we know it was a little rough. It definitely notched up my anxiety levels in a way that I don’t think it would have when the book was first released in 2014.
The book takes place across multiple timelines- before, during and after a deadly flu virus sweeps across the globe and kills off 99% of the population. Each storyline is loosely connected by, of all things, a graphic novel set in space. Seeing how all of these storylines weave together was truly impressive.
To celebrate this book, I made a batch of galaxy brownies inspired by the setting of the graphic novel Station Eleven.
- 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 3/4 cups unsalted butter
- 2 Cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels scoop out and reserve a handful
- Cream Cheese Filling
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- Gel food coloring
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper leaving the ends long to use as a handle. Spray with baking spray, set aside.
Place chocolate and butter in a large microwavable bowl. Heat on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Stir in the sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
Stir in the flour, just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate morsels, reserving a handful for the topping.
In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and egg together until smooth. Split into 3 separate small bowls and add food coloring to each and mix until thoroughly combined (I used pink, teal, and purple).
Drop filling on top of brownie batter using a large spoon.
Swirl filling into brownie batter with a knife or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle handful of white chocolate chips on top to mimic stars.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the center of the brownies.
Remove brownies from pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before serving.