The Office of Mercy

The Office of Mercy By Ariel Djanikian, The Office of Mercy 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
  • Title: The Office of Mercy
  • Author: Ariel Djanikian
  • ISBN: 9780670025862
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Office of Mercy By Ariel Djanikian, 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 arTwenty 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.
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    1. Ariel Djanikian

      Ariel Djanikian is a Philly native who s also lived in Ann Arbor, MI, Madison, WI, and Irvine, CA Her newly adopted city is Chapel Hill, NC, where she lives with her husband and daughter Her writing can be found in The L Magazine and The Paris Review Daily The Office of Mercy is her first novel.

    930 thoughts on “The Office of Mercy”

    1. Normally I don t keep reading books that irritate me, but I just kept punishing myself with this gem of a novel.I m always wary of synopsis that promise that fans of awesome book, or awesome author with LOVEthis novel Apparently, fans of The Hunger Games should love The Office of Mercy Well, I loved The Hunger Games Ergo, I loved The Office of Mercy Uh, no No I didn t.The Office of Mercy is a dystopian that tells the story of Natasha, a citizen in America Five American Five is a 305 year old pos [...]


    2. I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book The summary hinted at The Hunger Games, so I was both excited and skeptical Like THG, this is set in a futuristic America And that s where the similarity ends This book is HEAVY From the first pages, it will cause your mind to bend in ways you don t expect from fiction It will test your sense of morality Make you question right and wrong at every turn of the page.You ll pass judgement I think that s what the author intends , and you ll be [...]


    3. I was excited to see this book at the library, as the jacket blurb made it seem like it was right up my alley From the get go, however, I was pretty disappointed The internal logic is flimsy, the writing alternates between overly florid and choppy, the main love interest is totally creepy, and the world building is haphazard and shallow.We re introduced to America Five and their perfect life There s no hunger, no poverty, no want of any kind Sexual relationships are discouraged by the founders, [...]


    4. Had put this on interlibrary loan reserve so long ago that I forgot what this book was about Basically it s about brainwashing and social conditioning leading people to believe they are being ethical and merciful when they re actually being murderousIGGER WARNING Genocide, re education.


    5. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy I m going to be completely honest here and say what we re all thinking a comparison to both George Orwell and Suzanne Collins in the same sentence doesn t exactly make sense, does it And while I appreciate the publisher s desire to pull in THE HUNGER GAMES audience, if you go into THE OFFICE OF MERCY looking for another Katniss, you re going to be disappointed Not because THE OFFICE OF MERCY is in any way inferior to THE HUNGER GAMES, but it s a totall [...]


    6. If they cannot be made good they must be killed A Federal agent spoke those words to the Sac and Fox Indians during their removal from Illinois More than a hundred years later and half way around the world we destroyed villages in order to save them Ariel Djanikian moves this meme into a post apocalyptic future in her first novel, The Office of Mercy The good guys are the technologically advanced people living inside America Five, a domed city, whose Alphas had unleashed the apocalypse that kill [...]


    7. Here s a braver new world with somewhat less sex and psycho soma Examining the high price of paradise, The Office of Mercy forces the reader to see war and eternal life from another prospective as the truth of America Five unravels Natasha learns at what price sweeps bring peace and that the reality of eternal life is not for all, and we see her world as heartless and controlling I d like to see a book telling the stories of the Alphas I found the ending heavy and, yes, the book made me uncomfo [...]



    8. Haunting, spellbinding and thought inducing.The Office of Mercy is the type of book where just when you think you know which side you stand on everything shifts and your left wondering whose opinions are the right ones While this dystopian novel mirrored many young adult novels, there was an added elements that made it stand on it s own It was the first adult dystopian novel I read so some of the situations were a bit mature, but I think it would be a novel that any adult or teen would enjoy Na [...]


    9. Unnerving and powerful, but ultimately too bleak for my taste, The Office of Mercy is at first glance your typical run of the mill dystopian sci fi novel with a strong female lead What s unique about it, though, is that it can challenge the thinking of pacifists and militants alike when it comes to the ethics of violence Djanikian forces readers to reconsider the cost of utilitarian thinking maximizing the happiness and minimizing pain suffering for as many people as possible , yet offers no alt [...]


    10. Apparently I m big into the dystopian future thing this year The Hunger Games, Monkey House, this I suppose it s about time I revisit Orwell It s been about 10 yearsMy critiques of this are similar to that of The Hunger Games series when the author is making a point, she beats you over the head with it The road to peace is lined with corpses, or something to that note, among others I personally like agendas to require a little thought than that, but maybe that is my years of training as an Engl [...]


    11. I m going to give this one my Yeah, no rating I started composing pans of it in my head while I was reading it, which didn t seem very fair but I m finding it hard to feel regret on that score It just wasn t very believable, in kind of a lot of ways Perhaps the one that irked me the most was view spoiler Natasha s willingness to get with Jeffrey at a point where she KNEW she was planning on betraying him hide spoiler But that s just one example in a long list.I also got progressively angrier as [...]


    12. A dystopian utopia as is typical of the modern dystopia, this is a world that believes itself truly ethical and right until one looks beyond the surface It s clearly a debut novel in terms of prose and pacing, with kinks that need to be worked out It s also compelling, in that it provides quite a bit of space for thinking about the ethics of suffering and, in particular, a jumping off board for discussing euthanasia Djanikian does a great job of creating likable characters who hold tightly to wh [...]


    13. I m drawn to post apocalyptic stories, so I really started out wanting to like this book But I couldn t understand the people in the settlement Their belief system and values were not internally consistent Did the author want me to think that all humans had gone crazy after the storm I couldn t figure out how the author wanted me to see Natasha, the female lead strong, vacuous and waffle y, whiney Even to the very end I was hoping to discover some truth that would make it all make sense The only [...]


    14. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick Dirty This was a good YA Dystopian novel that really left you thinking, but it was slow moving and a little hard to get into.Opening Sentence The sun sank behind the trees, and the blue black shadows of the forest encroached farther down the sloping beach.The Review Natasha Wiley has grown up in America Five America five is one of the many facilities in the world where groups of people live The facilities are run by the Alphas who have lived for many ge [...]


    15. 2.5 stars This was an interesting concept in a post apocalyptic dystopian world where survivors live in underground settlements a bit reminiscent of Wool by Hugh Howey , but I just couldn t connect with Natasha or any of the characters I m not sure how I d change the story, but I definitely wish it ended on a hopeful note.


    16. The setting is the mostly depopulated eastern portion of North America a few centuries from the present in a bunker city known as America Five Other Americas are said to exist, but they do not factor into the story.The backstory, revealed appropriately in bits of conversation and introspection, suggests that most of humanity was intentionally exterminated by the Yangs, the group that originally built and populated the America bunker cities, and perhaps other places Who exactly the Yangs were, a [...]


    17. Pros thought provoking ending, didn t read like a dystopia but ended like oneCons protagonist is very naive and makes some questionable decisionsNatasha Wiley lives in America Five, one of several enclosed cities set up by the Alphas to protect the people from the evils of the outside world suffering and death She works in the Office of Mercy, whose job it is to end the suffering to the tribespeople living outside their walls, by giving them a quick, merciful, death.But she starts to doubt her m [...]


    18. Unique premise, with a bit of a twist I admit I didn t see coming.And yet it didn t feel fully three dimensional I had a lot of questions about the worldbuilding, and the characters felt underdeveloped and designed to move plot around than individuals of their own I also couldn t stop feeling Brave New World comparisons Again, worth a read but not something that resonated deeply with me.


    19. 4.5 5The citizens of America Five don t know joblessness, starvation, or poverty They live in a technologically advanced underground settlement where their only encounter with the world outside nature, with its sky and plants and animals is through the windows of the compound and the cameras placed throughout the perimeter providing video feeds to their computer screens Twenty four year old Natasha has always longed to go Outside and she gets her golden opportunity when she is selected by her me [...]


    20. Office of Mercy is novel that asks what would utopia look like What would it cost to achieve that utopia And once achieved, would it be worth living in Office of Mercy is a book that seemingly attempts to be akin to 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and Never Let Me Go The setting is an indoor settlement called America Five which is able to satisfy its citizens supposed every need There is some vague allusion to a post apocalyptic event that ended the prior outside habitation of the world.W [...]


    21. World Peace Eternal Life All Suffering EndedWith an Ethical Code like that where the main goal is to keep suffering to a minimum, it s hard not to assume you re jumping into a utopian fiction, right However, Ariel Djanikian alters just the right amount of elements in her story to shift this utopian focus into a dystopian nightmare Absolutely fascinating world building that s wrapped around a truly plausible plot.In the Office of Mercy, we meet Natasha that has lived her 24 years in America Five, [...]


    22. I received this book for free through First Reads I really enjoyed this book until I got towards the very end I was unhappy with how it ended I cringed when Natasha swept her family, the Pines, especially because she did not even resist against doing so The Natasha that I had loved throughout the novel was lost to me she was a completely different person and it broke my heart to see the fight leave her heart and soul She was resigned to living the way the Alphas wanted her to, something that had [...]


    23. The Office of Mercy is set in the a future after a small group of people wiped out the world s population to stop suffering They and their descendants live in a dome that is isolated from the outside world Through their technology they have unlimited lifespans Natasha works in the Office of Mercy The work of this office is to track the tribes who come within the perimeter of their influences and sweep them The idea is part of the ethical training which abhors suffering and seeks to eliminate it [...]


    24. Natasha grew up in America 5, one of many glass domes that shelters survivors of a mysterious apocalyptic event referred to as the Storm, 300 hundred years after it happened The community is composed of multiple generations of humans that have been bioengineered and cultivated by the initial survivors, and they have lived for so long through strives in bioreplacement, making them nearly immortal.It all seems reasonable, except Natasha works in The Office of Mercy, a group of workers whose job it [...]


    25. This is a post apocalyptic novel which really sounded better than it actually was I was truly hoping this one was going to be one of those books that knock you over with its originality, but all I got was the same old ideas rehashed We ve all read at least one of these after nuclear war, after a zombie attack, or in this case, after the Storm, novels Something horrific happens on the planet and the human races struggles to stay alive Well, in this version, the humans in North America have formed [...]


    26. Mix one part Phillip K Dick paranoia with two parts John Boorman Zardoz to get The Office of Mercy A post apocalyptic high tech string of settlements stretches across the American continent They see their highest ethical duty is to alleviate suffering among the humans left Outside they sweep the primitive survivors with rifles and nova bombs Our protagonist, Natashia, develops second thoughts about this practice and her role as Monitor in the sweeper s Office of Mercy.Natashia s flits from perso [...]


    27. This is a book that I read I thought it was for grown ups It mostly isn t The plot gathers enough steam, but the ethical debate at the novel s heart is flimsy and unconvincing, which leaves the conclusion flat and unsatisfying, though I did minus one distracting parenthetical love the novel s last sentence.


    28. I sure read this one quickly Spoilers that will not stop you from reading it Yes, I like books like this but I hoped this would have ended differently But this is mostly about the ethics of human existence Take a fanatical devotion to the idea of humanity living well and ending suffering results in a storm that leaves 70 billion dead useless eaters , a few self chosen experts left mainly to extend their own lives and to sweep up the primitive tribal people left outside Not sure I like what the a [...]


    29. This wasn t a total loser, but it was pretty bad.I think it started out ok for me, I kept waiting for it to pick up some speed, and for the characters to become alive and interesting, but it was not to be.By the middle of the book I felt like everything had been so telegraphed, there was little point in reading, and as I feared, it was so.The stab my eyes out now point came in chapter 15 This chapter was painful, and really the part about turning off the backup generator was horrifically painfu [...]


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