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Severance (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Ling Ma (Autor)

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Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she's had her fill of uncertainty. She's content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. 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 moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it's a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.… (mais)
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Título:Severance
Autores:Ling Ma (Autor)
Informação:Picador Paper (2019), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Severance de Ling Ma (2018)

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Shen Fever sounds a lot scarier than Coronavirus, but still I had to stop in my tracks at several points in the book to gawk at the similarities between the two. In that respect, the book's visionary.

The best parts were the straight-up Horror parts, with maggot-infested bodies and zombie-like demented people unleashed on the streets, the details of New York City's descent into apocalyptic chaos, the main character's escapes and travails, and her end-time cult's machinations as the final microcosm of humanity in the burnt-up husk of a deranged world.

The worst parts were the backstory. I couldn't really connect between the chapters about her family moving to the US, and her life in New York before the fever struck, and the rest of the book. Why did we need to know all this filler? Because that's what it seemed like to me in the end -- filler. Many parts of this book came off as inept, extra-padded plotting. The character itself was bland, and what several of the other top reviews of this book identify as "post-capitalist satirical" vibes felt too weak to be entertaining.
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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Caille Millner rec, disappointing. Bland, simplistic, lifeless prose. All the characters are stick figures, including the protagonist. Less interesting than dozens of other recent apocalyptic novels, with less plot and verve. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
This is the story of a woman who is a daughter of Chinese immigrants in the US. The story jumps around in her life, focusing on a few years before and the months immediately after a deadly pandemic kills most of the population. Before the pandemic, she lives in New York city, working a job that she doesn't really find fulfilling, in a relationship that also isn't very fulfilling. After the pandemic, she travels with a group of people, raiding homes and stores for food, on their way to a sanctuary in Ohio.

It's weird reading a novel about a pandemic that was written before the covid pandemic. Pandemic novels will never be the same, because it's impossible not to compare the imagined pandemic to the real one. In the novel, people are not nearly so stupid as they were in real life, and there wasn't a racist backlash even though the disease originated in China. Of course, this disease is nothing like covid - it has a very high fatality rate, and the way people die is pretty nightmarish.

But of course, comparing this pandemic to covid is completely missing the point. The point of this book is that the post-apocalyptic world isn't really any different from the pre-apocalyptic world. Before the pandemic, Candace lives her unfulfilling meandering life as a cog in a capitalist machine, where she feels like she has no purpose and nothing to contribute. The disease shuts down people's brains and turns them into zombie-like drones who do the same tasks over and over (they don't eat brains though), just like cogs in a capitalist machine.

The book is rather uneven. Candace is not exactly likeable - her defining character trait is a purposeless ennui that makes her hard to care about. Sometimes the book feels tense and fast-paced, and sometimes it's just tedious office politics. It's not exciting enough to be a thriller, and it has a general light tone that isn't quite comedic, largely because Candace doesn't really take anything seriously. ( )
  Gwendydd | Jul 17, 2021 |
Not your usual dystopian / end of the world novel. Actually, for the main character, her pre-end life does not much differ from her post-end life. And maybe that's the point and the metaphor here. I have to confess not being able to put it down until I was done. The end comes, but it comes very slowly and gradually, which makes it all the more horrifying. The zombies - or as they are called here, the fevered, those afflicted by the shen fever that kills almost everybody - are not walking-dead-style zombies. They go through their most routine activity, repeatedly, mechanically, mindlessly, until they waste away.
I saw a lot of review mentioning how funny the book was. That is was not my read at all (I could be wrong, obviously), again, I was more horrified by the slow decay of the world and the progressively crushing solitude of all the characters.
It is not coincidental, of course, that the narrative weaves together a world-ending fever originating in China, affecting first workers in export-oriented industries, including the one where the main character, herself a child of Chinese immigrants, works. There are definite parallels between the barely-known Chinese relatives to the main character and the survivors group she ends up joining.
The kicker, of course, is the writing itself which mimics the behavior of the fevered. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
diverse audiobook fiction (plague-based apocalypse with Chinese-American immigrant Millennial as protagonist)
More layered than I thought it would be, with flashbacks to the "before" time, as the narrator remembers the people and places she's lost, and the startling new reality she must deal with in the "after"--the action drags just a little bit in places, but overall a very enjoyable (and sometimes terrifying) story.
The "severance" in this instance refers to her disconnecting from many things--her parents (who died before the plague), her growing up in China before she immigrated at the age of 6, her memories of her mother and ex-boyfriend of 5 years, her job in the cut-rate outsourced publishing business (utilizing cheap labor in China).

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  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she's had her fill of uncertainty. She's content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. 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 moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it's a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.

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