This is a dystopian novel unlike any other, focusing on Candace Chen, a millennial woman living in New York City, who doesn't notice that the world is ending as more and more people fall victim to a disease known as Shen Fever. Severance goes back and forth in time, contrasting Candace's tedious office job with her travels with a group of survivors through post-apocalyptic America. This is a horror story and a biting satire of consumerism and work culture all wrapped up into one terrifying, beautiful package. It's also one of the best debuts I've read this year!
Recommended by Kim Anguish