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Finna

(LitenVerse #1)

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When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but our two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.

Can friendship blossom from the ashes of a relationship? I
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Kindle Edition, 92 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Tor.com
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Artemis Do you go up to every fairy tale retelling, every Cinderella story, every Romeo and Juliet story, and ask why it needs to exist? Probably not. Concept…moreDo you go up to every fairy tale retelling, every Cinderella story, every Romeo and Juliet story, and ask why it needs to exist? Probably not. Concepts are cheap; the power is in the execution.

Anyway, even that analogy is selling FINNA short; FINNA isn't a reimagining or retelling of anything, it's entirely itself. It's not a horror story, nor is it trying to be; it's about navigating the multiverse, both literally and metaphorically. It's about two exes trying to be friends again, and understand each other better and rebuild something fragile and real between them that they hope they haven't destroyed. It's about choices. It's about tired queer millennials navigating the world - and as a queer millennial myself, I've never seen a depiction that NAILS it so well as FINNA does. It's a satire of of corporate retail culture and capitalism - which lots of people feel right now, and I welcome all the books doing that. No one book has a monopoly on a narrative that thousands of people live.

FINNA isn't the same as Horrorstör any more than A Game of Thrones is the same as Lord of the Rings even though they both are second-world medieval-Europe-ish high fantasy about the exiled heir to the kingdom. Do you think that no more fantasy novels about kings and kingdoms should have been written because Tolkien already did it? No one should bother to write about, say, grungy cyberpunk hackers being pressured by the cops to do a job for them to keep their freedom, because you could just read Gibson instead? Premises are simple. It's all in the execution that makes a book what it is. And if you personally didn't like it that doesn't mean it's worthless to exist.(less)
Maggie B There is some foul language throughout the story but I never felt it overpowered anything. But I'm not as bothered by that so maybe it might not be to…moreThere is some foul language throughout the story but I never felt it overpowered anything. But I'm not as bothered by that so maybe it might not be to your taste. (less)

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chai ♡
This was perfectly okay. Not the fun, page-turning romp about two exes who have to track an elderly woman through the multiverse after IKEA's maze-like interior punches a whole through space-time that I signed up for, but still okay. The plot plods along and the characters could emote more effusively, but the book's biggest strength lies in its razor-sharp critique of capitalism and the subpar treatment of retail workers.

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Nataliya
“We’re here to tell you what to do if a wormhole opens up on your shift!”
Honestly, wormholes into parallel universes may be the most rational explanation of the terrifying geography- and logic-defying stupor-inducing maze that is IKEA layout.

And yes, it makes corporate sense to send two low-paid lowest-seniority employees on a mission to rescue a missing elderly customer — a mission through a wormhole, armed with a GPS-type gadget. After all, they have watched the training video, haven’t
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
This store comes with a built-in 'creepy Scandinavian Narnia'. Yep, that's a multiverse take on IKEA, the modern corporate slavery, maskhål (aka mareji aka wormholes) and nonbinary ideas.
They even have tutorials on this: 'Wormholes and You'. These tutorials come equipped with 'the most obnoxiously heterosexual blobs' flirting!

The Rooms in here are hilarious:

Q:
Edgelord Rockabilly Dorm Room...
The Nihilist Bachelor Cube—... its cousins Coked-out Divorcée, Parental Basement Dweller, and Massage Ther
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It's a LitenVärld after all!
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... or, well, maybe not so small after all. :) Final review for this Nebula-award nominated novella, first posted on FantasyLiterature.com:

If you’ve ever gotten frustrated wandering through the endless maze of rooms that is IKEA, it’s not hard to imagine that there are hidden passages that lead, not to a secret shortcut to an exit, but to another world entirely. Nino Cipri’s novella Finna takes that concept and adds to it a timely set of social concerns, ranging from
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K.J. Charles
A very entertaining concept: IKEA(ish) stores are so confusing that they become portals to alternate worlds. When a customer wanders into a wormhole, two lowly retail grunts (who have just broken up, as well) are forced to go to the rescue. Monsters, pirates, adventure, and personal growth result. A delightful, deeply human/e story which is also a joy for anyone who's lost years of their life in blue and yellow retail hell. ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 Stars
This was such an entertaining science fiction novella that bought it elements of horror with some dangerous furniture. Yet despite the goofy synopsis, this was a surprisingly heartfelt story. I only expected a fun, light-hearted adventure, but I honestly didn’t think I would love the story as much as I did. 

First, the IKEA-like setting was fantastic. The story reminded me a bit of Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix in how it explores the pains of retail employment. I also really appreciated re
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The Captain
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

This novella answers the question about what would happen if a wormhole opened up in Ikea, I mean, LitenVärld (copyright issues!).  In this short but fun #ownvoices story, a grandmother wanders through the portal to another universe and gets lost.  Two employees have been tasked to find her . . . only they just broke up a week ago and are barely speaking.

The prem
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Fiona
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a world very similar to our own (but importantly legally distinct!) a separated couple must embark on a voyage to save that most important of people - a customer.

Finna was a fun read, if a short one. There's always this dilemma with novellas - the most inventive and imaginative never quite seem long enough to properly explore what they offer the reader; that holds true here, but the worlds presented were so interesting and downright cool that I couldn't take a star away. But I would absolutel
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Gabi
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sorry to say, this one didn't work for me.

The premise of portals in the labyrinth of IKEA like department stores sounds terrific, but unfortunately the author didn't go anywhere amazing with it. The story and writing felt rather flat and the idea to combine a cool portal Fantasy idea with an ex-lover biggering team didn't work. Concentration on one of the two would perhaps helped the story, but this way neither could convince me.
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Lisa Wolf
What fun! Finna is a story about wormholes opening up in an Ikea-like superstore, and it's also a story about relationships and heartbreak and healing. And did I mention the WORMHOLES in IKEA? This novella is fast-paced and funny, with quirky, snappy dialogue and weird as hell alternate universes. In a Swedish furniture store! Really a blast -- check it out!

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
A grandmother goes to fake IKEA and accidentally stumbles into an interdimensional portal. Two employees (and exes), upon learning that this is kinda a thing at this place and that budget cuts have removed the highly trained retrieval teams designed for such things, are voluntold to go retrieve her.

This was absolutely fabulous, incredibly queer and highly anti-capitalist.

Before I go into my review, let me tell you of my first (and only) trip to IKEA.

Instead of sections, the store ushered shopper
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Thomas Wagner
(Closer to 3.5 stars.) For a novella, Nino Cipri’s FINNA is as ambitious as they come. I’ve read entire trilogies that don’t aim to cover as much storytelling ground as this little book. Like many other novellas I’ve read from Tor.com, part of me thinks it needed to be longer to give all of its ideas room to breathe. But it is a highly entertaining, often very funny story with some really heartfelt queer rep, and you can’t exactly criticize it for having a lot on its mind.

Ava is an employee of L
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Mir
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars, because I didn't actually care about the main characters, and because the opening part at IKEA, while quite well done, was very reminiscent of the treatment of same in Horrorstör (yes, the layout is nightmarishly disorienting; yes, retail employment is dehumanizing and torturous; yes, banal everyday existence may be worse than monsters.)

But! Bumped up because I like the small-story-in-a-bigger-worldbuilding approach to fantasy, and because I enjoyed a lot of the details.
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Jenna
I mean, you had me at “wormholes in Ikea,” right??!!

I haven’t been into sci fi since...well, let’s just say it’s been sooooo long that I’d probably need a wormhole myself in order to access those far reaches of my memory. I’m old and jaded enough now that youth itself feels like a foreign planet. But, using a recent spate of dystopian literary fiction novel-reading as a sort of launchpad, I mysteriously and unexpectedly orbited into a modest dystopian-tinged sci fi reading binge at the beginning
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Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, sci-fi, adventure
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of
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Tammie
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

If the idea of a queer, anti-capitalist, sci-fi satire about corporate retail culture that takes place in a not-IKEA multiverse sounds even remotely interesting to you, I highly recommend this. It's fun, sharp, and extremely well-written. Nino Cipri achieved everything they were trying to do with this novella, and I am really looking forward to reading the sequel when it comes out!
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Melanie  Brinkman
This is so above their pay grade.

As if working at a big box furniture store wasn't frustrating enough, Ava's day just got worse. When an elderly customer slips through a portal to another dimension, Ava and her fellow minimum wage employee/ex are sent to track the missing grandmother down.

Crossing the multiverse together is no picnic when carnivorous furniture, "chipper" company spokespeople, and resentment in stand the way. Just what else might be waiting for them in the infinite dimensions?

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Lori
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When a shopper's grandmother accidentally gets lost inside a wormhole that opens up inside of their furniture store, ex-partners Jules and Ava are sent into the abyss to bring her back.

In Finna, Cipri perfectly captures the soul-sucking turdfest that is corporate retail while also giving us the all the feels - because c'mon, who hasn't been stuck working a shit ass job that you hate but can't afford to leave while also attempting to avoid your ex, who also works there? Right?

It's the perfect b
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Acqua
Queer portal fantasy, but make it Ikea AU!
3.5 stars

As many others, I was first drawn to Finna because of its premise; after all, why not use the liminal space potential of retail stores to literally blur the boundaries between worlds? In that, Finna did deliver, and not without driving home certain points (love how the horror aspect comes from a world in which employees are all basically clones that exist to support the corporation aka "the Mother" because the workplace is your family!, and "sho
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FanFiAddict
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Finna in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

Multi-dimensional portal opens up in IKEA-like store that leads to a lionhearted adventure between two (2) low-waged co-workers who just broke things off. Oh, and did I mention they are going after someone’s grandma who just happened upon said portal? What more do you need?

Like a majority of Tor.com’s no
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Silvana
Two stars in Goodreads = it's okay. Just a case of false expectation since I expected less romance but that hope got dashed since the plot was built based on it and the MC thought a lot about it in her head space. The first half/third was stronger then when it got weirder it did not hold my attention and I had to rewind the audio for I-don't-know-how-many times. By the last chapter, I lost interest completely and caught by surprise when the narrator stopped LOL Eh, maybe the audio plays a role i ...more
Gerhard
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, the 'wormhole in IKEA' idea translates into a basic porthole-fiction yarn. But what I loved about Cipri's take on this is how it becomes an extended metaphor for the tender and fraught relationship between Ava and Jules. Review to follow. ...more
Sana
Feb 21, 2019 is currently reading it
HELLO, MULTIVERSE WITH A SIDE OF CAPITALISM AND QUEERNESS. Also, this is written by a queer and trans author. GET IT, TOR.COM
Claire Rousseau
This was delightful, in turns creepy and touching and rage-inducing, with some proper 'holy shit' moments. Will be keeping an eye on whatever Cipri writes next! My first 5-star read of the year! ...more
Matthew Quann
This was a fun little novella in which a recently split couple are pulled into a multiversal mess in the heart of an IKEA stand-in. The wacky ideas come hard and fast, and the relationship-in-question material is also pretty endearing. There was a bit too much virtue-signalling for me, but a bit of preaching won't go astray for everyone. I would have been happy reading more from this world (or any of its infinite alternate worlds), but was still satisfied by this one's end. Giving this one a sol ...more
Beth
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Beth by: tor.com
This is a fun romp through multiple dimensions that starts at an analog of IKEA. The writing style is simple and straightforward, which works for the adventure portions of the story, but made the central characters and their relationship feel flat and distanced from this reader. The jabs at consumerism and capitalism are cute at times (blond consumerist zombies!), too mundane at others. Yep, I get it. Retail sucks.
Lata
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fun and touching romp through alternate universes while dealing with 1) the aftermath of a relationship, 2) being a paycheque away from broke, 3) corporate responsibility for staff safety, and 4) mental health issues, to rescue a missing customer at an IKEA-wannabe was great!
Amanda
Wow, was this quirky. That's the main word that comes to mind when I think about it: quirky. That's not to say that this was a purely fluff book*. It weaved in many themes, one of which and that I appreciated greatly was the handling/depiction of mental health issues—depression and anxiety, specifically—which our protagonist, Ava, has in spades. She is a...prickly character, at least on the surface.

Jules, our other main character and Ava's ex, is the opposite. Funny and charming, they appear to
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Marie-Therese
Warm, cuddly, and cute but just a tad too long and sentimental. The first third just drags terribly and I almost gave up and set the book aside, but the story picks up as our plucky protagonists break free from their dead-end jobs and enter new realms, and the last third of the book is genuinely sweet, hopeful, and heart-warming. A pleasant rather than an essential read.
Maia
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ava is having a rough time: three days ago she and Jules broke up, and since then she's been avoiding them at their horrible mutual job at LitenVarld, a dystopian Ikea. Then a customer goes missing in a wormhole in spacetime, and Ava and Jules are chosen to try and retrieve the missing grandma. Very short, very fun. Written by a nonbinary author. I hope we get a sequel! ...more
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