The Office of Mercy: A Novel

The Office of Mercy: A Novel

by Ariel Djanikian
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The Office of Mercy: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A decent dystopian read with an unexpected ending. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. I even stayed away from social media and the blog in order to read this book uninterrupted. Well, as uninterrupted as I could with my three kids at home. Bottom line, I didn’t want to put it down for anything. This review may seem a bit vague but if I say to much, I will spoil the different-ness of this book. This was a somewhat different twist on the whole dystopia-utopia genre. This is an adult read that any generation (YA, NA, adult) of reader could enjoy. This is also a pretty clean read as well. The story itself is well-thought out and realistic. Scary realistic. Even the eternal life aspect isn’t that far-fetched. The mindset of the Alphas and those below them is interesting and quite reasonable. Natasha is our leading lady, but she isn’t the “usual” dystopian leading lady. For me, she was unexpected, intriguing, and refreshing. She questions, she thinks, she considers. She tries. The ending was not at all what I expected. I really liked it. The Office of Mercy left me wanting more, but not needing more. I wouldn’t mind seeing what happens next in America-Five, but I’m okay with the scenarios playing out in my  mind if there isn’t a sequel. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a decent dystopian read with an unexpected ending. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a poeple made powerful by the use of voilence but led by emotions of mercy and love for all set against a primitive group of survivors who pursue peace as they are consumed with bloodlust and anger and a girl who decides to question her ethical code Its morally gray and the closest thing to a good side and an evil side is a winner and a loser. The ending is my fsvorite of all time though the middle made things deceptivley look predictable . This book made me dream of a better world and think about my moral code and the justifucations we use for our own moral crimes. I like the protagonist and i found her evolution as a charavter to be one of the best i have read.
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ILoveBookz More than 1 year ago
**I received this book for free through Goodreads 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 never been an issue for her prior to this. I could not understand why the Pines lied to Natasha.  I was hoping that she would be able to speak to Axel or one of the others and they would tell her that it was not what it looked like, that something happened (such as the citizens attacked first and they were only defending themselves) that caused them to abort the original plan at the last moment.  But we never get to find out exactly what happened, because Natasha never gets to speak to her family again. To make matters worse, the last two or three pages showed even further how gone the real Natasha really was.  She was not even willing to move out of the settlement, WITH Jeffrey, to get away from the killings.  Furthermore, the end left what happens to Jeffrey in the future up in the air. Okay, so that was all the bad.  But there was a LOT of good as well, up to the last few chapters.  I loved the surprise twist when Natasha finds out that she is really one of the Tribes and was taken into the settlement when the Palms were swept.  The surprises continued when she finds out that Jeffrey was the one who saved her from the fire and brought her Inside and then later when she find out why he did that.  The relationships portrayed between the different characters were strong and real, and I could imagine what it was like being in those relationships, especially living with Min-He.  Each of the main characters as well as the secondary characters were well developed, and it was usually easy to think "What would this character do in this situation?" and come up with a correct answer.   I enjoyed the writing style of Ariel Djanikian, and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future.