Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Office of Mercy

Idgie Says:
First off, I totally disagree with the Book Description comparing it to The Hunger Games.  Though set in the future, it's nothing like that novel.  If anything, it's closer to Hugh Howey's Wool series.  Once again, there's been an apocalyptic event, intentionally caused to cleanse the world.  The world is now perfect, unless of course you live outside the dome and need to be put out of your suffering and misery. 

This is the story of what happens when a few people don't necessarily agree with this whole life plan for the world.  

Engaging and a quick read.  I wouldn't call it young adult, but it would appeal to them also I think.  

Ariel Djanikian
(Penguin; January 28, 2014; 
ISBN: 978-0143124375; Trade Paper; $16.00)

Originally published in hardback, January, 2013

Book Description:
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.