Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.06 × 5.4 × 0.75 in
Published: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143124374
ISBN - 13: 9780143124375
From the Publisher
“A cool and compelling” (Flavorwire) debut of a new postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games
On the screen and on the page, dystopian fantasies have captivated the public imagination. In The Office of Mercy, debut novelist Ariel Djanikian has conceived a chilling, post-apocalyptic page-turner that has earned her glowing comparisons to George Orwell and Suzanne Collins.
In America-Five, there is no suffering, hunger, or inequality. Its citizens inhabit a high-tech Utopia established after a global catastrophe known as the Storm radically altered the planet. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in the Office of Mercy, tasked with humanely terminating—or “sweeping”—the nomadic Storm survivors who live Outside. But after she joins a select team and ventures Outside for the first time, Natasha slowly unravels the mysteries surrounding the Storm—and the secretive elders who run America-Five.
About the Author
Ariel Djanikian is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds and MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.
“As Orwell knew, the best dystopian fiction is close enough to reality to make it scarily believable. . . . It''s the same way in Ariel Djanikian''s thrilling debut The Office of Mercy . . . . At its heart, The Office of Mercy is a thriller . . . . Scary and realistic . . . Fast-paced . . . Exciting to read . . . . With Natasha, Djanikian has crafted a hero who is memorable precisely because of her imperfections. . . . It''s fascinating, and at times heartbreaking, to witness her incremental growth as she begins to question everything she''s been taught. It takes a blend of intelligence and compassion to pull off that kind of convincing character arc, but it also takes great authorial skill. . . . The Office of Mercy is an indisputable page turner with a surprising ending — and crafting prose. . . . The stunning, willfully oblivious cruelty of America-Five is chilling because of its plausibility — you don''t have to look past our own history for examples of mass slaughter, eugenics and euphemized government propaganda. It''s hard to miss the echoes of Orwell in Djanikian''s dark vision of both the past and the future. ” —Michael Schaub, npr.org “ A cool and compelling dystopian bildungsroman from a debut author we imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more from.” —Emily Temple, Flavorwire “A remarkable coming-of-age dystopian novel, fast-paced and thought provoking throughout .” —Largehearted Boy “[A] horr