December 18, 2018

Severance by Ling Ma

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I recently resubscribed to Book of the Month, and this was my December pick. Severance by Ling Ma promised plagues and zombies, and a post-apocalyptic New York City. While it did deliver on those promises, it did not deliver in the way that I had hoped.

Candace lives in New York City, and works at a company who outsources the publishing of books. When a major pandemic hits, people are left as shells of their former selves, technically alive but forced to repeat the mundane tasks in their lives over and over again in a zombie state. Candace escapes New York after being found by a group of survivors, and embarks on a journey with them to a promised safe-house facility.

I just could not get behind this story. It was told in alternating chapters of before the plague and after, and I thought most of the before parts were unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. I thought Candace was boring, and I didn't care what happened to her character. So many of the plot elements didn't make sense with what had been established already, and lots of questions were left unanswered. I also hated the way it ended.

When I saw this was a post-apocalyptic novel with zombies caused by a plague, I was excited, but this story just left me bored. The zombies aren't scary. There are no real high-stakes. It had all the bad parts of The Walking Dead with none of the excitement. I did enjoy the pieces about the NY Ghost blog, and the descriptions of desolate New York were good.

I found myself barely skimming towards the end just to get through it. Maybe there was a deeper meaning here that I just missed. All I know is I wanted an exciting zombie story and did not get it.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

10 comments:

Rachael | Pingel Sisters said...

That's too bad you picked such a dissapointing book. Hope your next month's pick is amazing to make up for it.

Christina Loeffler said...

I've seen this one pop up a few places but I think I might have to skip it. Sorry you couldn't get behind this one but an excellent review!

DJ Sakata said...

No zombies for me - ever

Trendy|Simple|Life said...

Zombies in December? I'll skip it :-)

Lovely Audiobooks said...

Boring zombies, meh :-/ Hope your next book will be better!

Unknown said...

Zombies creep me out! But I have been really wanting to try a book box subscription. There are just so many to choose from!

Bookworms Corner said...

I don't really read zombie books. I hope your next read is a great one.

Amanda McGill said...

Oh no, too bad you didn't enjoy this one! Hope your next read is much better!!

J Simpson said...

Yeah, the Zombie genre has been a case of diminishing returns for some time. Nice review!

Melanie (TBR and Beyond) said...

Aw that is too bad it was so awful. Hope your next read is much better!