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

Severance Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 21, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

  • OutlawPoet
    May 02, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    So, when I started reading this one, I wasn?t sure. I was getting shades of Station Eleven (a.k.a the book most of the world loved and I did not a.k.a. 2 Pretentious Apocalyptic Fiction). I actually stopped reading it for a bit and almost deleted it. But, I returned to it and I?m g...

  • Rincey
    Dec 16, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

  • Tasha
    Sep 13, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

  • Roxane
    Jan 05, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Aug 25, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    I feel like this book was written just for me. It?s a post-apocalyptic anti-capitalist office satire that explores so many of the themes that resonate with millennials like myself. Candace is one of the few survivors of Shen Fever, an epidemic that turns people into non-violent z...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Jan 19, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

  • Peter Boyle
    Mar 03, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

  • Thomas
    Sep 09, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

    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

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    Think of Severance as a stack of matryoshka dolls?an office satire inside a post-apocalyptic road trip inside an immigrant experience inside a millennial coming-of-age story inside an anti-capitalism tale. And if that sounds complicated ? well, it isn?t. It all works together bea...

  • Justin
    Dec 13, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

  • Dianne
    Mar 07, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

  • Jenna
    Mar 01, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

  • Rachel
    Dec 21, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 19, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

  • Trudie
    Feb 21, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

  • David Yoon
    Feb 19, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

  • Marianne
    Sep 09, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    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...

    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...

    #RWLChallenge: A satire written by a person of colour. Thank you, next. ...

    Weirdly Wonderful! Not normally my genre but this book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I started out reading but switched to the audio when it became available to me. The audio is incredibly pleasing to listen to because the narrator is suitably monotone, almost unattached to her ...

    4/5stars a very solid 4 star read. I'm LOVING these post-apocalyptic speculative fiction books recently and this one took a super interesting and satirical twist to it! ...

    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...

  • Michael Ferro
    Jan 04, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

  • Chad
    Sep 07, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

  • Lisa
    Dec 22, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

  • Katie
    Dec 30, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

  • Toni
    Nov 25, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    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...

    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...

    #RWLChallenge: A satire written by a person of colour. Thank you, next. ...

    Weirdly Wonderful! Not normally my genre but this book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I started out reading but switched to the audio when it became available to me. The audio is incredibly pleasing to listen to because the narrator is suitably monotone, almost unattached to her ...

  • Kate
    Jan 31, 2019

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    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...

    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...

    #RWLChallenge: A satire written by a person of colour. Thank you, next. ...

    Weirdly Wonderful! Not normally my genre but this book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I started out reading but switched to the audio when it became available to me. The audio is incredibly pleasing to listen to because the narrator is suitably monotone, almost unattached to her ...

    4/5stars a very solid 4 star read. I'm LOVING these post-apocalyptic speculative fiction books recently and this one took a super interesting and satirical twist to it! ...

  • Michael
    Oct 09, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

    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...

  • Kay
    Nov 09, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    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...

    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...

    #RWLChallenge: A satire written by a person of colour. Thank you, next. ...

  • Robin Bonne
    May 09, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

    I really enjoyed this oddball dystopian novel about a young woman in NYC soldiering on while the world around her succumbs to a deadly plague. ?Shen Fever? is a fungal infection originated in China, which is transmitted by breathing in fungal spores. The symptoms initially mimic th...

    Boy howdy, I ripped right through this little piece of dystopian apocalyptic romance(?) coming-of-age story. I liked a lot of what was going on here. It took what could have been your basic, run-of-the-mill end of the world story, and it added some depth and layers to it. Well, the aut...

    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...

    Severance is what you might call a literary zombie novel, except that the zombies are peaceful. As post-apocalyptic stories go, it's more Station Eleven than I Am Legend. Low on thrills, but wistful, and loaded with smart satire. The year is 2011, and Candace Chen is a successful pr...

    3.5 stars Watch me talk about this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI ...

    A riveting, thought provoking novel about a millennial woman living and working in New York when an apocalyptic event occurs. This novel defies categorization or simple summaries. Ling Ma taps into the anxieties of our era brilliantly and held me captive for 291 pages. ...

    It's the zombie apocalypse but the mindless, infected hordes this time aren't craving human brains but are instead locked in an endless loop of familiar and comforting patterns. Setting the table for example, or trying on outfits, over and over and over again. In that sense, Candace...

    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...

    3.5 Stars. I have conflicting feelings about this book. The beginning was exciting, then the story slowed down during the flashbacks from before the fever epidemic. The action picked up again towards the last third of the book, and the flashbacks were significantly better. The ending w...

  • Book of the Month
    Nov 30, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...

    SEVERANCE is a very well-balanced novel, seamlessly blending dry wit, apocalyptic end games, and a unique character study. Following a young woman as she travels by caravan from a deserted New York City to the outskirts of Chicago, this book deftly blends different tones from the dark ...

    4.5 I can't get enough of these Millennial Malaise novels at the moment. So much so, I really want to host a dinner party with Candace, Janice ( The Ice Shelf) and the unnamed protagonist from My Year of Rest and Relaxation . These are my kind of women. Candace a child of Ch...

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

    Why I love it by Siobhan Jones Look, I want to be a good book-mom here and say that I love all our selections equally. But the truth is, there are a few reads from this year that I absolutely adored? For Better and Worse and An American Marriage come to mind?above all the ot...

  • Meike
    Aug 30, 2018

    Well written post-apocalyptic story that goes back and forth between a woman in the world after an epidemic wipes out most of humanity and everything in her life leading up to it. Very compelling, nuanced protagonist. Maddening ending that could be stronger. ...

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

    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...

    As usual, I'm in the minority about Severance, a plodding post-apocalyptic 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...

    There are a lot of elements from Severance that we've all seen before - the global pandemic which brings an abrupt halt to civilization as we know it, the few survivors trying to forge ahead in the absence of a structured society, the juxtaposition of before and after narratives. But t...

    So I think this book is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. If you take it apart too much all it is is pieces that have been done before, apocalypse cliches, etc. But somehow the arrangement of the parts and the point of view make it a more enjoyable read for me than I woul...

    This was a slow burn for me, but once I got to the last 100 pages I couldn't stop. This is the first time I've connected personally with a protagonist in a long time, and whether or not you're a "millennial" this book is more important than the trendy book cover color would lead you to...

    ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? "After the End came the Beginning. And in the Beginning, there were eight of us, then nine?that was me?a number that would only decrease." In our modern world with antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, anti-fungicides, and vaccines, we som...

    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...

    This is an introspective, character-driven novel. I was hesitant to pick it up but I?m glad I did. The story follows Candace Chen as she navigates life in post-apocalyptic America. The world has succumbed to the ?fever? and those who have caught it are called ?fevered?. ...

    Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2018 Ever wondered about the connection between globalization, your office job and the zombie apocalypse? Well, no worries, Ling Ma figured that out for you. Her debut novel is a mixture between immigrant family story, corporate satire, and a dys...