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

  • Sherwood Smith
    Jul 22, 2018
    Candace Chen is the narrator of this narratively complex, sometimes satirical, sometimes profound, and sometimes horrific apocalypse story. We discover through weavings back and forth through time that a weird fever is spreading through the world. Candace, an only child, recently l...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Kathleen
    Aug 04, 2018
    "Your father is an ambitious man. He wanted a better life for you, and it is only possible in the United States. You are the only child. You must do better or just as well as him. But what do you want me to do? I asked, afraid to admit how much I didn't know. She closed her eyes...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 27, 2018
    Personally, I loved this book--everything about it. For me, it hit all of my sweet spots. There are great scenes in a post-apocalyptic world that our society kind of slowly slid into, a trip to "the facility" where a group of survivors hope to flourish, some looming menace and smal...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Nov 23, 2018
    3.5 rounded up Can't quite put my finger on why I enjoyed this as much as I did - I feel like the structure shouldn't work (the majority of the book was kind of disjointed, switching between present day, when Candace first joins her company, the beginning of Shen fever, and her chil...
  • Bailey
    Nov 17, 2018
    I didn't realize I was looking for the next thing to come after Station Eleven, but years later, this is it. It's smart, funny, timely, set in a specific time and place, but I feel it deep in my bones. This is very good. One of the best books of the year. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 19, 2018
    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 03, 2018
    3.5 stars. The literary-slash-genre novel is a tricky balancing act. It attracts two sometimes disparate sets of readers, but lean too far one way you alienate one set, lean too far the other way you lose the rest. I prefer a very specific balance in this kind of book, and this one was...
  • 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...
  • Andre
    May 01, 2018
    This novel is difficult to categorize. I?m still not sure what to label it. I?ll just call it good. Candace Chen is the narrator of this very different, slightly satirical, coming-of-age end-of-days story. A fever has overtaken NYC, indeed it is breaking out worldwide. Candace is a...
  • 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...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Sep 01, 2018
    An apocalyptic coming-of-age novel for millennials. With themes of anti-consumerism, the immigrant experience, the meaninglessness of office jobs, and a darkly satirical tongue-in-cheek narrative style poking fun at the lackadaisical nature of our generation, Ling Ma manages to wri...
  • 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...
  • Jaksen
    Nov 25, 2018
    Wow. Amazing. So different. Astounding. Readitinaday. Candace Chen is facing the end of the world - as she knows it. This is another book dealing with what happens, how it happens, what we do, what we can't do, how we survive, and so on. But it's handled in a 'different sort of real...
  • 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...
  • Text Publishing
    May 17, 2018
    2018 Goodreads Choice Award semifinal nominee ?It?s a novel that sneaks up on you from all sides: it?s an affecting portrayal of loss, a precise fictional evocation of group dynamics, and a sharp character study of its protagonist, Candace Chen. It also features one of the m...
  • 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...
  • Mary Lins
    Aug 04, 2018
    ?The end begins before you are even aware of it. It passes as ordinary.? ?Severance?, by Ling Ma, throws some wit, some sparkle, and some delicious satire into a post-apocalypse story! Oh sure, there is the requisite darkness, the inevitable ?we should have seen it coming?...
  • Toni
    Nov 25, 2018
    Weirdly Wonderful! Review to follow. ...
  • 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...
  • Katie Long
    Oct 04, 2018
    A haunting post-apocalyptic novel about the survivors of deadly fever outbreak. I know, I know, you think you've heard all of this before, but you haven't. This one is distinctive because it has more to say about how we live now, than how we will live if zombies, epidemics, etc... wipe...
  • 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...