Severance: A Novel Audible –

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, SeveranceCandace 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 boyfriendSo 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 GhostCandace 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 dothan survive