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Severance by Anonymous Book Summary

When does the cost of staying silent become greater than the price of speaking up? A desperate woman risks everything to expose the sinister company at the heart of Severance, the thrilling Apple Original series from director and executive producer Ben Stiller and creator Dan Erickson, now streaming on Apple TV+, about a daring experiment in “work-life balance.”

From the minds behind the series, this is the story of Lumon Industries employee Margaret “Peg” Kincaid. When Peg gets hired at Lumon, she undergoes Severance, a surgical procedure pitched by the company as an effortless way to separate her personal and work lives. Everyone has their reasons for wanting the easy solution Severance promises, but when Peg realizes that not all is as it seems at the company, she uncovers a reality that’s far worse than the problems she wanted to escape.

At the heart of this story, Peg’s shocking confession reveals the darkest side of corporate America. It raises a chilling question: How far will Lumon Industries go to protect its secrets?

Available for free, and exclusively on Apple Books.

Severance (Anonymous) Book Reviews

Joshua rowDds.Score: 5/5

Praise Kier!When I was told I would be working in macro-data refining, I was worried I wouldn’t be a good refiner. I didn’t know if I was inclined to work with numbers, or anything for that matter! But glory of Kier be upon us, this handbook showed me the light and the ill of my worries..Score: 5/5

Simply awesomeSeverance is a cautionary tale of the dangers of trusting others to have your best interests at heart. It’s brilliant, entertaining and completely addicting..Score: 5/5

Severance is one of the best TV shows in recent memoryWas putzing around Apple TV when I stumbled onto Severance. Saw it had Adam Scott and decided to give it a whirl … and was hooked within minutes. Won’t bore you with all the rah-rah stuff but a few things 1) Tramell Tillman as Milchick is a movie star and the best character I have seen in TV or movies since Col. Landa in Inglourious Basterds. He owns every scene he’s in and you cannot turn away. 2) Helly R's Dance Party is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying scenes in any TV show or movie I’ve ever seen. Ben Stiller should win awards for his directing of the scene and the rest of his episodes. Great camerawork too. 3) Liked this Lexington Letter much more than I thought I would. It feels vaguely familiar especially the email back and forths between reporter and editor (Jim Milchick lol) … ink-stained wretches, specifically sportswriters, my former life, will enjoy aspects of those emails. My hopes, dreams, desires for S2 and beyond is that Dan and the writers don’t get lazy or dopey about the storylines or character development. Stay true to S1 and go from there. And thank you..Score: 5/5

Interesting readAfter finishing season one of the show and wanting more, this is a very interesting read that provides some additional insights about Lumon and the life of the “innies.” A quick read, highly recommended if you enjoyed the show!.Score: 5/5

1984 crosses path with The HandmaidenFinished in one sitting. Worth reading even if you haven’t seen series which you will WANT to see at that end point..Score: 5/5

Like a wellness session for my outieMy innie enjoyed each section equally..Score: 5/5

Not a good companion to the seriesThe series is great. Reading this was a bit tedious, as it’s hard to admire the narrator..Score: 3/5

Get a lifeGet a life.Score: 1/5

Continuing The ThrillLoved this serious from Apple and miss waiting for Friday to get the next episode. Giving this book got a non reader to read all the way to end in one sitting. Short book but so entertaining. Cant wait to see coming Seasons or this Thirller.Score: 5/5

A great companion textIf you are a fan of the “Severance” series I highly recommend reading this quick companion text. A fast read that will make more sense if you have watched and are familiar with the series. Get it!.Score: 5/5

More please…I think we need a few more of these. Severance has been such a pleasure to watch with the unique storytelling. Would Love more companion pieces..Score: 5/5

Such incredible storytellingEverything about this show is phenomenal. This extra piece of engagement is so awesome..Score: 5/5

Kind of neat. Not bad.A tiny story with just a sprinkle of new info adding to the stellar TV show’s lore. Certainly worth a read if you’re in between episodes..Score: 3/5

Thanks for the freebieThank you for this read as I’m completely obsessed and so incredibly sad that the season is over. I could’ve done without Peg’s freezing references but conspiracy! I believe her..Score: 5/5

Please make this an audiobook!I really want to listen to it.Score: 5/5

Cliffhanger-ey…Much like the show, this book does a great job building suspense and creating an overarching seriousness that makes shock-valued events less concerning than the prospective discoveries associated with them. It’s a well-formulated anticipation/cliffhanging cycle that I truly hope blows my mind in the big reveal. This book serves to give viewers an intimate view of the “innies” lives and it does so perfectly. Worth the read if you’re a big fan..Score: 5/5

Really well doneLove it! Just finished the series and man, this does add a few more things to the books, even scared me a bit more lol. Definitely you should watch the show!.Score: 5/5

Best show everThis show is insanely good. Side content like this is great too. Please keep it coming.Score: 5/5

Loved it, but…Entirely too short. Could have had a lot more ins and outs (hahaha) but was rather straight-forward..Score: 5/5

Perfection!!This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever read . Pure genius !!.Score: 5/5

I must read for all Innies and an eye-opener for the Outies!If you enjoy Severance, you’ll love a bit of backstory..Score: 5/5

Must read for any fan of SeveranceIf you are hooked on the show Severance like I am, you should read this as soon as you can. it’s a quick read but it’s full of lore and additional details not entirely present in the show, but is spoiler-free. thank you for offering this for free; I’m glad the series is getting the attention it deserves..Score: 5/5

EscapismLove it. Entertainibg as the Office fandom extras we got from NBC way back in the early 2000s, but this time with a sprinkle of dread. Five stars to the design team. Any Gen X who grew up with the remnants of 60s equipment and manuals hanging around corporate spaces knows. The surfaces, the textures, crisp brutal indestructibility. Perfect. Oh also, the Kier worship stuff has the IBM song that used to be standard on old computers infringing on my memories lol and echoes of that type of separated work culture we used to be able to have before wfh. I love this show..Score: 5/5

Short Little Bonus To An Interesting ShowI enjoyed the 1st season to the series so I was happy to see that Apple had bonus content and this little extra side story is a interesting read. I love that once I was finished with the show I could get a little more out of it..Score: 5/5

The Cliff That Apple Leaves Me Hanging OnA little more context while I wait for the next season. Hurry up Season 2!!!.Score: 5/5

Entertaining AdvertisingIt was short, entertaining advertising for the show on Apple TV. I appreciated that it was a different story and didn’t mention any characters from the show..Score: 5/5

SeveranceSeverance is really fun to follow and a great story to become a fan of. The fact that they have a parallel story that gives more insight to the mystery of the show is wonderful and also creepy. It is a direct correlation to what many people think of the news and/or the government, trying to retain the mass in a kid like or robotic state just to keep things moving along and to keep the strings connected to our souls in hopes of ultimate control. Well done Bismarc.Score: 5/5

The keys to the kingdomI read the manual after watching severance but now i must to back and rewatch with the knowledge the book provides. should be interesting!.Score: 5/5

Watch the show firstThe book gives a good view of the creepiness of it all..Score: 5/5

Brilliant!No spoilers, but a few extra little hints and additional teasers… and the extent of the detail they’ve gone into for this just adds to my joy and admiration of the show and its writers!.Score: 5/5

Great BookRead this book if you are watching the show Severance..Score: 5/5

Great mini read!Great read to add to the amazing series so far. It’s free, so why not grab it and add it to your library! I wish there was more to this book, but it gave me as much joy reading this just as watching the show. AMAZING! Now let’s get that book Ricken wrote, “The YOU YOU Are” please! 🙏🏻.Score: 5/5

Severance RocksGreat little add on to the mysteries of the show. Apple with another winning show!.Score: 5/5

Just like the showIf you like the show you will enjoy this book. It’s a weird experience watching a show and the reading a book that is in the same universe with different characters..Score: 4/5

Nice addition to the showWhile the story told us similar to the show, it does drop small hints at additional information not provided in the show. Also seeing the “employee handbook” is great to read for further insight. Looking forward to Season 2!.Score: 5/5

Don’t botherDon’t waste your time..Score: 1/5

So coolWhat a sweet experience, watching and reading this book. Way to spice it up Apple!.Score: 5/5

Very creepyIt’s crazy to see the handbook in this. It’s almost as if you have decided to take the program yourself. Very creepy to think that there is a company out there right now working on brain implants and I could see something like this being given to those who take neuro link in the future. Some will be for it, some against it. Politicians will fight for and against it and eventually it will be taboo not to have one. Couldn’t be closer to what is happening. The show is well made and the actors are amazing. Didn’t realize Ben Stiller directed and is a producer..Score: 5/5

Minimal World BuildingThere isn’t much in the way of world building. It’s interesting to see some of the training materials from the show, but if you’re looking for more world building there is barely anything here worth getting excited about. This is merely a campion piece..Score: 3/5

EntertainingThere’s a lot to take in from this show. Really interesting..Score: 5/5

Good bookThis book is very relatable to everyday life; feeling the need to separate personal life and work life, never really wanting the two to crossover. This company is secret creepy like many companies I’ve worked for lol. This great source material for the TV show. Yep, your bosses are always watching..Score: 5/5

Not consistent with the showThe secret code used that allows messages to be passed between an innie and her outie - I doubt this would work given what we see in the show. So this is too contrived. Also, being fed a possible meaning for the data files takes away from the whole point of it being bizarre and unfathomable. (Besides, there are far easier ways to blow up your competition.) Finally, it’s just wordy and the tone is too chatty and Al’s or chipper compared to the tone of the show..Score: 2/5

IntriguedVery intrigued by what’s happening at Lumon, and this book is a cool add-on to keep me intrigued into next season. I hope it’s not a disappointing rabbit hole of a show like Lost and the Leftovers..Score: 5/5

FG.Score: 1/5

Fun and mysteriousJust like the show. Can’t wait to learn what everything means..Score: 5/5

AwesomeI enjoyed it so much. Every page was inviting and interesting. I never enjoyed a book so much. The author has great attention to detail. All the words created a whole new world in my mind. Literally felt like I was watching tv, I loved it..Score: 5/5

HookHook.Score: 1/5

Nice companion book to the showEspecially the enclosed MDR handbook..Score: 5/5

It won’t openIt won’t open..Score: 1/5

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Short and sweet - Well, only if your the outieThis book was simply divine to read. Interesting, a tad depressing and something that will keep you hooked, and not too long that many will read straight to the end in a day. Different than the TV show but bearing similarity, I would highly recommend this book. It is simply fascinating..Score: 5/5

Not TOO spoiler-yBut I’d definitely watch 1-5 episodes before reading this book just in case!.Score: 5/5

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Vague insight - more marketing reallyShort and not overly exciting. At lot of back story and a bit of content about Lumen but nothing ground breaking - that you don’t get already from the show. Ultimately disappointing… inside and out..Score: 2/5

Not worth your timeThis really isn’t worth reading. Compared to the screenplay, directing, cinematography and acting in the series itself, all of which are much better crafted, it’s just a rehashing of what you’ll already know..Score: 1/5

Worth reading if you love the show!Has some small details and Easter eggs in worth picking up on and some clues I think that will play into next season of the show. Especially some of the staff that work there (hint hint). Just look carefully..Score: 4/5

MysteriousA firm handshake is available upon request to everyone involved in the show, superb..Score: 5/5

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