Severance

Candace Chen is a millennial who works a monotonous job; she is in charge of producing bibles made in China. Candace is the stereotypical millennial, who is just going through life not really knowing what she wants, or if she even cares. Candace falls into a monotonous routine at work and while the entire world around her is succumbing to Shen Fever, she continues on with her life, never taking a look at what's happening around her. The story is told in fragments from Candance’s perspective and it shifts from the past to the present in every chapter.

If I'm being completely honest, this story is bleak. It takes a deep look into our current capitalistic society and it’s pretty depressing. This is not the post-apocalyptic story where the protagonist fights against all odds. It’s reflective of modern life and the meaningless nature of a materialistic world. I wouldn’t call this a “fun” read.

The story is brilliantly written and I’m astonished how Ling Ma was able to write a post-apocalyptic satire within a millennial coming-of-age story, and within all of that write about the immigrant experience. If any of this sounded interesting to you please read it because this “review” does the book no justice. There are so many layers to this book that I have yet to peel through.

Tanbir Minhas