Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian
2013, Viking Adult

Synopsis: 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 Good: The Office of Mercy had an interesting premise that hooked me right away. The inner workings and division of labor of the America settlements were well thought out and had the potential to work. The dystopian ideals were good and the entire book was very well written.

The Bad: The story dragged along way too often. While I could sort of get behind most of Natasha's and Jeffrey's actions, the story took an unnecessary turn in explaining Natasha's curiosity of the outer world. This led to a weird dynamic between the two characters, my questioning the entire society and a really out of place ending.

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