Finna by Nino Cipri

Nino Cipri’s multiverse encourages everyone to be their best selves. That doesn’t include being a capitalist wage slave.

Ava and Jules, recently broken up, work for LitenVärld, an Ikea-like furniture store with a ridiculously complex layout of fake rooms that makes it perfect for Wormholes to appear regularly. So regularly, in fact, that corporate has established policies regarding how to recover lost shoppers. When a young girl approaches Ava and says her grandmother is missing, it’s suddenly their problem as one of the newest employees. 

After sitting through terrible VHS training videos, Jules reluctantly agrees to help Ava go through the wormhole to recover the customer. Of course, on the other side of the wormhole, the grandmother is already gone, swallowed by a fly trap-like fuzzy chair. But just like their relationship problems, nothing is that easy. The FINNA, or locator device their LitenVarld overlords equipped them with, is programmed to find a suitable replacement for the grandmother in the closest parallel universe.  

Full of humor and snide takes on the thankless, low-paying jobs big box stores offer, Cipri’s romp through the multiverse reminds me a bit of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with its inventive wit and biting social commentary, and despite being a quick read, the characters are more richly developed than in a number of longer novels I’ve read. Ava’s insecurities and depression will resonate with anyone who feels unwanted, either at work or in a troubled relationship, and I wanted to spend more time in Cipri’s multiverse long after I’d finished reading. 

FINNA isn’t just about finding a suitable replacement for a grandmother. It’s about creating the most badass version of your life you can imagine. Somewhere out there, in one of the universes, you’re already living it. The question is, will that version be you? 

FInna by Nino Cipri

Nino Cipri’s multiverse encourages everyone to be their best selves. That doesn’t include being a capitalist wage slave.

Ava and Jules, recently broken up, work for LitenVarld, an Ikea-like furniture store with a ridiculously complex layout of fake rooms that makes it perfect for Wormholes to appear regularly. So regularly, in fact, that corporate has established policies regarding how to recover lost shoppers.  As the newest employee, when a young girl approaches Ava and says her grandmother is missing, it’s suddenly Ava’s problem. 

After sitting through terrible VHS training videos, Jules reluctantly agrees to help Ava go through the wormhole to recover the customer. Of course, on the other side of the wormhole, the grandmother is already gone, swallowed by a fly trap-like fuzzy chair. But just like their relationship problems, nothing is that easy. The FINNA, or locator device their LitenVarld overlords equipped them with, is programmed to find a suitable replacement for the grandmother in the closest parallel universe.  

Full of humor and snide takes on the thankless, low-paying jobs big box stores offer, Cipri’s romp through the multiverse reminds me a bit of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with its inventive wit and biting social commentary, and despite being a quick read, the characters are more richly developed than in a number of longer novels I’ve read. Ava’s insecurities and depression will resonate with anyone who feels unwanted, either at work or in a troubled relationship, and I wanted to spend more time in Cipri’s multiverse long after I’d finished reading. 

FINNA isn’t just about finding a suitable replacement for a grandmother. It’s about creating the most badass version of your life you can imagine. Somewhere out there, in one of the universes, you’re already living it. The question is, will that version be you? 



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