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Defekt

(LitenVerse #2)

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Derek is LitenVärld's most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work 18 hours later. But after taking his first ever sick day, his manager calls that loyalty into question. An excellent employee like Derek, an employee made to work at LitenV ...more
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Tor.com
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Noam It is fine as a standalone. There are some references to Finna, especially at the beginning, but for the most part, they are two different stories tha…moreIt is fine as a standalone. There are some references to Finna, especially at the beginning, but for the most part, they are two different stories that take place in the same universe.(less)
Noam If you are still wondering - it has arrived! I listened to it as an audio ebook from my library.

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K.J. Charles
Absolutely loved this. I enjoyed the first a lot; the plotting here is much tighter and the story more controlled. It's the hugely readable adventure of a cloned alt-IKEA worker discovering his identity while the furniture comes to violent life around him. (It makes perfect sense when you read it.) A lovely personal story of a vulnerable, sensitive man finding friends and maybe love, plus a truly wonderful attack on capitalism and parody of corporate bullshit. Also the connection between "defect ...more
Gerhard
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Every job has at least one fucking Derek—an otherwise inoffensive coworker that still somehow manages to earn your ire at every turn, because it’s easier to heap scorn on a clueless coworker than to change the system actually making your life hell.

The professional publishing and review industry tends to get sniffy about Goodreads reviewers and how they write uncritical statements like ‘I loved this book!’ and ‘This book is amaze-balls!’ Well, both of these statements apply to ‘Defekt’, which pac
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.0 Stars
I loved Finna so much last year so I was excited for the opportunity to read and review this companion novella. While this is technically the sequel to Finna, this could be read first or as a standalone since it is more of a loose follow up novella set at the same store. 

This novella takes a different scifi spin on Scandinavian furniture store with a focus on clones. I really enjoyed the interactions between the various copies of Derek. There was a lot of humour this story, which made f
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
When "Don't Be Evil" Fails, Try "Don't Be Boring": It's worked for us since 1958.


Derek is LitenVärld's most loyal employee—he lives and breathes the store. He practices customer service mantras in the mirror. He even lives in a shipping container graciously provided by the company in the back lot. So what if the other employees think he's weird. He only cares what his boss Trisha thinks—until he disappoints her by calling in sick after the the wormhole opens up. Suddenly, something weird is grow
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Heather-Lin
I really liked the first, Finna, but I LOVED Defekt. If book#1 was Scandinavian Narnia, then this was Ikea's Welcome to Nightvale.

Fave quotes:

~Every job has at least one Derek—an otherwise inoffensive coworker that still somehow manages to earn your ire at every turn, because it’s easier to heap scorn on a clueless coworker than to change the system actually making your life hell.

~Was that how the defekta spread? One voice entreating others to wake, so the silence wasn’t so toxically lonely?

~Th
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Fiona
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Any novella that can work in “Are your wormholes spawning syndicalists?” as a chapter title has my undying devotion.
Heron
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbt, netgalley
Nino Cipri is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, especially of short fiction, and their novella Defekt has only further cemented that space. Defekt is set in the same universe as their 2020 novella Finna; the events occur simultaneously and features different characters so it isn’t a sequel, though there are minor plot spoilers for Finna within, so I’d recommend reading it first (plus, it’s fantastic as well).

Defekt follows the journey of Derek, a model employee of Not-Ikea furniture
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The Captain
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 . . .

"When "Don't Be Evil" Fails, Try "Don't Be Boring": It's worked for us since 1958."

The first novella in this series answered the question about what would happen if a wormhole opened up in Ikea, I mean, LitenVärld. I thought it was fun even though I wanted more world building. I was so excited when I heard about this installment.

Derek is the perfect employee and de
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Shriya Uday
I've got to say that I enjoyed it a lot more then Finna. This felt more complete in it's story all of it took place inside the store itself. Plus Derek's character is one of my favourite archetypes and proves that Nino Cipri has a knack for characters that are so deeply flawed and therefore so sympathetic ...more
Sana
Apr 25, 2020 marked it as anti-library
'Eldritch corporate overlords, Karen from HR is not on your side, evil luxury toilets, carnivorous furniture, cute monsters, class solidarity, clone solidarity, selfcest???, body horror.

Yes, this is Finna’s sequel.'


I WANT THIS SO BAD

Source
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Delara
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Defekt is the 2nd book in the delightful LitenVerse series, and now I need ALL THE BOOKS in this world. Please, and thank you. These books are so damn fun. No really, when is book 3.

Defekt stars Derek, the most loyal employee at LitenVärld (think Ikea, but with wormholes). He’s a by-the-numbers guy. Reliable. Knows the rules, he’s even memorized the handbook, which kind of creeps people out (but seems real nice, to me). After taking a sick day (that sets off the events of book one), he’s put on
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Amy
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Follow the rules, make the customers happy, and report any signs of hemorrhaging to corporate. To Derek, the job is easy enough. It's almost as if he was made to do it. He doesn't remember anything before November, doesn't really have any friends, and lives in a shipping container behind the store.

The store is like an upscale IKEA, selling $3000 egg chair toilets that, coincidentally, later becomes a character in the story. Yes, the furniture comes alive and rearranges itself in LitenVärld. The
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Sahitya
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this one more than Finna. While the story itself and the concept of clones and discordant products was interesting, the author’s idea of using the clones to talk about the grind of capitalism and how it completely destroys our independent thoughts and desires and any autonomy we feel, was excellent. This novella had humor, heart, an emotional depth and an eclectic cast of characters who were so much fun to follow. The ending was particularly hilarious and hopeful and I thoug ...more
Lukas Vermeer
Jan 09, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to see this as a movie.
Books That Burn
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review of this book.

Defekt follows an employee trying to keep doing his best as his world cracks and gets stranger despite his efforts to fit in and follow the manual. I love the chapter openers from the employee manual. The overly cheery corporate-speak helps to establish the tone of the book, especially when the MC is very familiar with this document (or with others like it). It’s informing the world and the characters’ inner lives at t
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Molly
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2021-releases
If you read Hugo-nominated Finna, you'll recall that the only reason Ava was working when a wormhole opened up in their LitenVärld furniture store was because she was covering for "fucking Derek," who had called out sick. Well folks, I'm pleased to introduce you to Fucking Derek: the model employee who practices his customer service voice in front of a mirror, struggles to interact with coworkers, and isn't entirely sure of his place in the LitenVärld ecosystem. When he's called in to do a speci ...more
Emma Cathryne
Nino Cipri's follow up to FINNA is a delightful spiritual sequel that can still stand on its own while still calling back to some of the best things about its predecessor. You really don't need to have read FINNA to enjoy this novel, but it was fun to return to this world after reading Cipri's debut. Defekt tackles the horrors of late-stage capitalism, clone ethics, identity politics, and the power of human connection all in a neat 144 pages. Oh, and did I mention that it's uproariously funny, ...more
Smriti
Dec 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was super enjoyable. I loved what it had to say about company culture, capitalism and identity. Urgh, so smart. And also short. Win win!
Lauren Stoolfire
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, lgbtq, sci-fi, arc
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Defekt (LitenVerse #2) by Nino Cipri is the perfect sequel/ companion novel to Finna which was one of my favorite novellas of 2020. My expectations for this were needless to say sky high and I'm so pleased to say this one totally delivers. I've only read two of Cipri's books, but they're quickly becoming a favorite. At this point, I'm pretty sure I'll read whatever they care to write from here on out. It was so much fun to be bac
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Chessa
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loooooooove this series so much! So much heart, so much humor, so many feels wrapped up in an Ikea-inspired multiverse setting. The audiobook is great, just like its predecessor! I truly hope there are more books in store for us in the LitenVerse.
Laura (crofteereader)
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
One of the things I loved about Finna was that it was imminently familiar to anyone who's ever worked retail for a chain/corporation. Whether that particular chain was good or bad. Mostly because of the different people you encounter: those who are there because mom said they needed a part-time job, the people who accepted a job there as a last resort, people who love working there but know it's not their permanent goal, and the lifers.

In the acknowledgments of Defekt, Cipri brings up the idea o
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Nicky
Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 20th April 2021

I didn't love Finna, though I liked it; it felt it leaned a bit too much on being angry about soul-sucking capitalism (which, same, but the choir can get tired of being preached to). Defekt is set in the same world, and briefly crosses over with Finna (we see Jules right before the events of that book), but for whatever reason it worked a bit better for me -- it felt a little less preachy, and I loved the idea of all those sentien
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Hayla
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cipri did it again! This book is a masterpiece!

I love the exploration of identity vs evil corporations who don’t want individuals to exist.

And of course, the super relatable issues of dealing with a manager like Tricia and being forced to blend in to the corporate look as opposed to being free to express yourself.
And especially how commitment to an excellent work ethic was called into question for asking for a single sick day. I worked in a place like that before.

I would very much like to re
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Artur Nowrot
That was super enjoyable. I liked the epistolary parts in the form of memos, e-mails and other LitenVärld documentation, the doppelgänger plot, the themes of standing up for yourself, recognising abuse, building empathy and solidarity (view spoiler).

An excellent sequel that surpasses the original for me.
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Goran Lowie
I wasn't super big on Finna so I went into this expecting to hate it, instead seeing my expectations subverted and liking this much more than the first. It's got a much more interesting premise and just does more with it. Just like Finna, it's a fun read, even though you shouldn't expect anything revolutionary. ...more
Matt Quann
May 08, 2021 rated it liked it
It was fun to return to the world of LitenVärld—effectively an IKEA stand-in that is prone to sprouting fissures in reality—even if Finna was my preferred novella of the two. The strange alternate reality and living furniture stuff is great. The characters and their personal journeys are definitely less of an attraction for me. In any case, still fun!
David H.
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun followup to Finna, this time centered on the absent Derek from the beginning of Finna. He was a lot different than I was expecting, and a lot more sympathetic. I loved his bizarre journey over the course of this novella. ...more
Dax
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found myself highlighting half of the text. This novella spoke to me on a spiritual level. Cipri is a master wordsmith that knows how to create worlds that highlight and showcase what's wrong with ours while giving us hope that we too can fight against it. ...more
Kathy
Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This novella took some very interesting turns, and I enjoyed that we got a sense of really knowing the characters in such a short time.
My thoughts about this book are in this wrap up video.
...more
Chloe
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqplus
sooo fun. i think i liked this even better than finna. as a longtime retail employee this really resonated with me! cant wait to see what cipri writes next!
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