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 tower. Then, the Shen Fever hits, a plague that renders people into non-violent zombie versions of themselves, doomed to repeat the same rote tasks over and over until they become fully unconscious. While reading, I felt claustrophobic, trapped, and hooked into the story all at the same time — similar to how a lot of millennials feel within late-stage capitalism. Within this tight, gripping plot, Ma inserts commentary about the deadening, devastating effects of capitalism that strikes a skillful balance between serious and satirical. Every element of this story — the zombie apocalypse, Candace's coming-of-age, the dive into corporate life — all came together in a dark, entrancing, and unputdownable way. A quirky, cynical, yet important read that has made me think a lot about what matters most in my life. —Thomas, Goodreads Review
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