The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian
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The stunning, willfully oblivious cruelty of America-Five is chilling because of its plausibility...and an all too familiar-sounding country without conscience, hope and mercy.
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A thrilling debut of a postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction.

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.

The Office of Mercy is speculative fiction at its best with a deeply imagined, lush world, high-stakes adventure, and romance that will thrill fans of Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, Justin Cronin, and Kazuo Ishiguro.
 

About Ariel Djanikian

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ARIEL DJANIKIAN graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with majors in English, chemistry, and philosophy. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and she lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband. The Office of Mercy is her first novel.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 322 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Feb 26 2013

The stunning, willfully oblivious cruelty of America-Five is chilling because of its plausibility...and an all too familiar-sounding country without conscience, hope and mercy.

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