Severance is an entrancing novel that drew me in with short-and-sweet chapters. “Just one more chapter” I would find myself saying as I read more than I intended in any given sitting.

What interested me in Severance was the promise of another Station Eleven-like storyline. While this novel can’t quite live up to the masterpiece that is Station Eleven, it’s still really good and worth a read. If I had one complaint, it would be the pop-culture name-dropping. It’s just too much for me.

Severance is also surreal in the world of Covid. What if Covid broke society more dramatically. Would it go down like this?

Book cover for Severance
Ling Ma