Severance

by
Severance (2018)

291 pages

English language

Published Oct. 29, 2018

ISBN:
9780374261597
OCLC Number:
1004911431

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4 stars (6 reviews)

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. So she barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies halt operations. The subways squeak to a halt. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.

Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?

A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma’s Severance is a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale and satire.

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4 stars

What matters is the past, what keeps us going nowhere are our memories.Post-apocalyptic dystopia, yes, sharp globalization satire, yes, family migration memoir, yes.
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  • Epidemics
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