When my husband first told me about the coronavirus outbreak in China, I could not stop thinking about the book Severance. As we continue to hear updates, I still can’t stop thinking about Severance. Ling Ma writes about Candace, who is what I imagine to be a typical millennial working in New York City.
She has a very interesting job- Bible design and production. She works with many manufacturers in China, which is how she first hears about the Shen Fever. Slowly, China and other countries begin to shut down. Soon, she is one of the only people left working in her building.
Not long after that, she is one of the only not infected in New York City. She flees, and finds a group of people who also seem immune to the disease. This group turns out to be a cult. The perspective shifts between Candace and the lead up to the fever, and with how she is coping with the aftermath with her new group.
If you really want to dive into more books during quarantine, I would also suggest Wilder Girls by Rory Power. The story takes place at the Raxter School for Girls in Maine. They get quarantined at the school as Tox Fever takes over the nation. Tox Fever has very weird symptoms for different people- weird deformities, extra body parts.
All the girls have different jobs, and must learn to defend themselves from the animals turned rabbid from the fever. A special group of girls goes out each week to collect the supplies that get dropped off by boat. When one of the girls goes missing, her best friend breaks quarantine to find her, and discovers the secrets the school has been hiding.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, takes place in a small southern California college town. One by one, girls at the college start to fall asleep- and no one can wake them. A quarantine sets in, and the National Guard is called. These sleepers have heightened brain activity, but no one knows what they are dreaming about. A psychiatrist is brought in to help solve this mystery illness.
All of these recommended books are available through the cloudLibrary app, which is available through both Apple and Android. This allows you to check out digital books and audiobooks. All you need is your KDL library card to sign up.You can find more information at https://www.kdl.org/virtual