Severence by Ling Ma: an excellent lockdown read

I read Ling Ma’s Severance back in March and keep forgetting to give it a glowing recommendation, especially for those of you who are still in lockdown.

Severance

A few of the elements that really worked for me:

  • A fascinating perspective on the benefits (!) of boring office jobs;
  • A mysterious flu with origins in China;
  • Post-pandemic dystopia;
  • Cult dynamics;
  • A solid critique of the internet and how we use it;
  • Philosophical differences revealed through a romantic relationship;
  • A Chinese-American immigration story;
  • The choice between going with the flow vs joining the revolution vs saving yourself; and
  • Geekery related to specifics of publishing books (think: paper weight, binding, and cover materials) to remind me of my former life as a publisher.

Check it out. 4 out of 5 stars!

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