Severance

Severance

An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she?s had her fill of uncertainty. She?s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots th An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivo...

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Title:Severance
Author:Ling Ma
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Severance
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Severance Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 21, 2019
    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...
  • OutlawPoet
    May 02, 2018
    So, when I started reading this one, I wasn?t sure. I was getting shades of Station Eleven (a.k.a the book most of the world loved and I did not a.k.a. 2 Pretentious Apocalyptic Fiction). I actually stopped reading it for a bit and almost deleted it. But, I returned to it and I?m g...
  • Rincey
    Dec 16, 2018
    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...
  • Tasha
    Sep 13, 2018
    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...
  • Roxane
    Jan 05, 2019
    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Aug 25, 2018
    I feel like this book was written just for me. It?s a post-apocalyptic anti-capitalist office satire that explores so many of the themes that resonate with millennials like myself. Candace is one of the few survivors of Shen Fever, an epidemic that turns people into non-violent z...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jan 19, 2019
    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...
  • Thomas
    Sep 09, 2018
    4.5 stars This book stopped me right in my tracks - literally. I read it in the span of five hours; I could not put it down. In Severance, Ling Ma shares the story of Candace Chen, a self-described millennial worker drone who spends much of her life sequestered in a Manhattan office...
  • Jill
    Aug 13, 2018
    Think of Severance as a stack of matryoshka dolls?an office satire inside a post-apocalyptic road trip inside an immigrant experience inside a millennial coming-of-age story inside an anti-capitalism tale. And if that sounds complicated ? well, it isn?t. It all works together bea...
  • Justin
    Dec 13, 2018
    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...
  • Rachel
    Dec 21, 2018
    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...
  • Hadrian
    Jan 12, 2019
    Somebody much more capable than I am should write a review essay comparing Severance and The Day the Sun Died, seeing how two contemporary authors work with a similar premise (disease causes repetition of minor actions) and take it in two distinct and fascinating ways. Different and un...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 19, 2018
    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...
  • Judith E
    Sep 29, 2018
    I?m a fan of the post apocalyptic platform as it allows authors to run the gamut in creating new societies and their ensuing problems. Ling Ma?s skilled structure of old and new worlds has her protagonist (Candace Chen) severed from her Chinese background, from the repetitive behav...
  • Marianne
    Sep 09, 2018
    Severance is the first novel by Chinese-born American author, Ling Ma. When the End comes, Candace Chen is still in New York. She is employed by publishing consulting firm, Spectra, ?working? from (and living in) their building on Times Square, but most days she roams the streets t...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Sep 16, 2018
    "I have always lived in the myth of New York more than in its reality." Severanceis one of those surprising whip-smart novels that come out of nowhere. I had a tough time putting this book down once I started because it covers a wide range of heavy topics in a satirical way that...
  • Michael Ferro
    Jan 04, 2019
    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...
  • Chad
    Sep 07, 2018
    Who knew that a book about a fever outbreak crippling civilization could be SO dull? Ling Ma has talent, but this book was so haphazard and incredibly boring. It was so infuriating reading about Candace's naivety; there were multiple instances where I uttered, "she is so dumb!" while r...
  • Elaine
    Aug 27, 2018
    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding dystopian story about a millennial drone named Candace Chen. ** Spoilers ahead ** When Shen Fever sweeps through the country, killing off most of the population, Candace continues to go to work at the publishing office...
  • Lisa
    Dec 22, 2018
    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...
  • Katie
    Dec 30, 2018
    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Sep 01, 2018
    Structurally breathtaking, SEVERANCE is a very clever, humane satire about the global economy, the meaningless nature of contemporary life, consumption and survival. A recent past dystopia where an epidemic sweeps the world, this book questions consumerism, connection and life itself a...
  • Toni
    Nov 25, 2018
    Weirdly Wonderful! Not normally my genre but this book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I started out reading but switched to the audio when it became available to me. The audio is incredibly pleasing to listen to because the narrator is suitably monotone, almost unattached to her ...
  • Kate
    Jan 31, 2019
    4/5stars a very solid 4 star read. I'm LOVING these post-apocalyptic speculative fiction books recently and this one took a super interesting and satirical twist to it! ...
  • Michael
    Oct 09, 2018
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. An apocalyptic satire about the global onset of Shen Fever, a plague that turns people into mindless drones, Severance follows Candace Chen as she attempts to navigate a world stripped of choice and fe...
  • Kay
    Nov 09, 2018
    #RWLChallenge: A satire written by a person of colour. Thank you, next. ...
  • Robin Bonne
    May 09, 2018
    3.5 Stars. I have conflicting feelings about this book. The beginning was exciting, then the story slowed down during the flashbacks from before the fever epidemic. The action picked up again towards the last third of the book, and the flashbacks were significantly better. The ending w...
  • Book of the Month
    Nov 30, 2018
    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...
  • Meike
    Aug 30, 2018
    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...
  • Lark Benobi
    Nov 14, 2018
    This one landed like a flat mylar balloon for me. The combination of a detached narrative voice plus the strangely muted descriptions of this particular vision of apocalypse deflated my enthusiasm. I suppose it?s part of the satire that the tiny band of survivors here are all regular...