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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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Severance Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Jul 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Michael Livingston
    Oct 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

    A literary take on a post-apocalyptic novel sure to be nominated for a literary award or two. Severance is the story of Candace, a Chinese immigrant and millennial, who is trying to just live her dull life when a real apocalypse hits. At first, Candace is in denial and continues to...

    When I was a kid and something ?bad? happened to me ? whether it be a skinned knee, or an encounter with a classmate I didn?t get along with; you know, arbitrary kid bullshit ? my folks often responded with: ?hey, it?s not the end of the world.? Back then I dismissed it...

    A wonderful combination of a satirical look at late capitalism and a post-apocalyptic collapse of society. The structure flits back and forth from Candace's life working in a fairly meaningless book production job to her scrounging to survive in the aftermath of a massive epidemic. The...

  • Jennifer
    Jun 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    May 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

    A literary take on a post-apocalyptic novel sure to be nominated for a literary award or two. Severance is the story of Candace, a Chinese immigrant and millennial, who is trying to just live her dull life when a real apocalypse hits. At first, Candace is in denial and continues to...

    When I was a kid and something ?bad? happened to me ? whether it be a skinned knee, or an encounter with a classmate I didn?t get along with; you know, arbitrary kid bullshit ? my folks often responded with: ?hey, it?s not the end of the world.? Back then I dismissed it...

    A wonderful combination of a satirical look at late capitalism and a post-apocalyptic collapse of society. The structure flits back and forth from Candace's life working in a fairly meaningless book production job to her scrounging to survive in the aftermath of a massive epidemic. The...

    Why am I even bothering trying to read "literary fiction" right now? It doesn't make me happy and I'm too full of anxiety from LIFE to really enjoy having tricks played on me by books. Bye, back to romance novels. ...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'The key thing, we reminded ourselves, was never to stop, to always keep going, even when the past called us back to a time and place we still leaned toward, still sang of, in quieter moments.' Candace Chen, daughter of Chinese im...

  • Jill
    Oct 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

  • 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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

  • b.andherbooks
    Aug 31, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

    A literary take on a post-apocalyptic novel sure to be nominated for a literary award or two. Severance is the story of Candace, a Chinese immigrant and millennial, who is trying to just live her dull life when a real apocalypse hits. At first, Candace is in denial and continues to...

    When I was a kid and something ?bad? happened to me ? whether it be a skinned knee, or an encounter with a classmate I didn?t get along with; you know, arbitrary kid bullshit ? my folks often responded with: ?hey, it?s not the end of the world.? Back then I dismissed it...

    A wonderful combination of a satirical look at late capitalism and a post-apocalyptic collapse of society. The structure flits back and forth from Candace's life working in a fairly meaningless book production job to her scrounging to survive in the aftermath of a massive epidemic. The...

    Why am I even bothering trying to read "literary fiction" right now? It doesn't make me happy and I'm too full of anxiety from LIFE to really enjoy having tricks played on me by books. Bye, back to romance novels. ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

  • Chad
    Sep 07, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Sep 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

    A literary take on a post-apocalyptic novel sure to be nominated for a literary award or two. Severance is the story of Candace, a Chinese immigrant and millennial, who is trying to just live her dull life when a real apocalypse hits. At first, Candace is in denial and continues to...

  • Matthew
    Aug 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

    I love me a good post-apocalyptic story, but they do tend to feel same-same. Where they often differ is in cause?a supervirus here, an environmental catastrophe there?while the consequences remain remarkably similar: It seems like every post-apocalyptic novel ends with the survivor...

    A literary take on a post-apocalyptic novel sure to be nominated for a literary award or two. Severance is the story of Candace, a Chinese immigrant and millennial, who is trying to just live her dull life when a real apocalypse hits. At first, Candace is in denial and continues to...

    When I was a kid and something ?bad? happened to me ? whether it be a skinned knee, or an encounter with a classmate I didn?t get along with; you know, arbitrary kid bullshit ? my folks often responded with: ?hey, it?s not the end of the world.? Back then I dismissed it...

  • Ylenia
    Sep 07, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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?...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 most hauntingly plausible end-of-the-world scenarios...

    Reached the last page and had to fight the need to start this book all over again. This book was a true gem. ...

  • Michael
    Oct 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...

    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...

  • Robin Bonne
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Katie Long
    Oct 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I must be in the minority because this book fell flat for me and the ending was a huge let down. ...

    "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...

    "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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Dnf at 20%. Probably me, just not feeling this. Lacking the patience or will to continue. ...

    Now a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 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 dystop...