• Severance
  • Severance
ISBN: 1250214998
EAN13: 9781250214997
Language: English
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.38" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring. --Michael Schaub,

A satirical spin on the end times-- kind of like The Office meets The Leftovers. --Estelle Tang, Elle

NAMED A BEST BOK OF THE YEAR BY: NPR * The New Yorker (Books We Loved) * Elle * Marie Claire * Amazon Editors * The Paris Review (Staff Favorites) * Refinery29 * Bustle * Buzzfeed * BookPage * Bookish * Mental Floss * Chicago Review of Books * HuffPost * Electric Literature * A.V. Club * Jezebel * Vulture * Literary Hub * Flavorwire

Winner of the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award * Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction * Winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award * Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel * A New York Times Notable Book Read More chevron_right

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   Ultimate pandemic read
Global capitalism, the pandemic crisis and millennial woes interwoven in startlingly clear and concise prose. One of the best books I read this year.
   Why are there no quotation marks?
This was a decent story, Crowe said. There were no quotation marks in this article, so I had to reread it. Common Core math is the only one of those three that really works. He said: "There's just too many lazy and useless people in this business.
   Interesting Read
I flew through it in two days, said Dr. Paul LiCalsi, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California. Felt especially relevant with the panic over the Coronavirus outbreak in Singapore. Sort of eerie reading about a post-pandemic New York City. I really enjoyed this book, but wish the ending had been a bit more definitive. Guess I'll have to wait a few more years to see another sequel.
   I’m glad I read it.
I never thought about how our sense of shared cultural experience stands on thin ice, supported by standardized merchandise manufactured cheaply in Asia, he said. The complex relationship between Candace and Mark made for a hopeful ending, Morgenthau said. I would recommend it to anyone.
It was a surprise, and disappointment, but I was hoping for an upbeat surprise, rather a depressing ending. If you think you're a pessimist, you won't be as surprised as I was.
   Chillingly portrays post-apocalyptic internal landscape
Imagine what it would be like to be one of the few people left on Earth after a world-wide epidemic. But Hollywood also wants to show you with images. It takes you inside the head of a very believable protagonist, and it makes for a more lasting impact. In "The Last Three Days," she shows convincingly the time lag between the beginning of the end and the realization that the world as we know it is irrevocably broken and gone. One of the best novels I've read in the past decade and I've read a lot.
   Great commentary
This book is a good read, Easy read, Raymond said. Great commentary on the markets, daily grind and the economy. Only in the past few weeks have I given this novel four stars because of the absence of quotation marks.
   Quick and fun read
Can't wait to see what the next book is by the two best friends. Yes, it's a zombie book. It's great to be back home, said Blair.
   Pretty good read
It was a great read, but it was over before I wanted it to be. I was turning the last page thinking, "There has to be more." Instead of asking what I just read, I was left wondering what I had missed and what the point of it was. The authors, for example, are not writing in a fashion that is easy to follow. It would have gotten me a failing grade in 8th grade English class and I'm not even halfway through college.