The Office of Mercy

The Office of Mercy

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"Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five, a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha's allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it"
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670025862
Branch Call Number: Fic Djan
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 20, 2016

Too mushy for me. The lead character did not have the strength I desire in a novel. If you like a girl who melts in the arms of a muscly man, then you might enjoy this more than me.

howie57 Dec 21, 2013

An interesting read. I don't understand the comments about the ending - it was quite logical. I give the book five stars.

Jul 07, 2013

As debut novels go this was ok. The premise was original and Djanikian did a nice job creating a dystopian future world with just enough realism to keep the reader interested. However, the ending severely hurt the overall appeal of this novel. Think of a circle and that is how this story goes; it ends almost exactly where it began. It's like everything that happens in between comes to nothing and what's the point really? I had really hoped for a better finish.

marysneedle May 12, 2013

The “Office of Mercy” was ok. And if you are into dystopian fiction this may be right up your alley, I’m not as familiar with dystopian fiction as with other Science Fiction and fantasy. With that being said…..
It did leave a few things unexplained such as the references to other America settlements that America – Five seemed to have information about, but it was never revealed on how this knowledge was accumulated, or if there was any contact between the other settlements with America –Five.
The ending was ironic in how the views of the two main characters were reversed.
All in all it was a good debut novel, but the story was slow in developing, and it was just the promise of more being revealed that kept me reading.


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