THE OFFICE OF MERCY by Ariel Djanikian Now Available in Paperback
THE OFFICE OF MERCY (Penguin; January 28, 2014; ISBN: 978-0143124375; Trade Paper; $16.00) by Ariel Djanikian, takes place three hundred years after an intentional global catastrophe, known as the Storm. Orchestrated by a small group of idealistic young people, the Storm was a last-ditch effort to remake civilization-to start over-after conditions on earth had deteriorated considerably. In that sense, the Storm was a success. Today, people live in high-tech, mostly underground settlements, like America-Five, where everyone's needs are provided for. There's no hunger, no money; and cell-replacement programs guarantee all citizens healthy, long lives.
On the top floor of America-Five is the Office of Mercy, where twenty-four year old Natasha Wiley works. Natasha's job is to track and kill the nomadic descendants of the scattering of people who survived the Storm, and who now roam the wilderness in tribes. Most citizens consider the Office's work of eliminating the rampant suffering outside their walls to be the paradigm of modern, ethical behavior. Yet Natasha harbors growing doubts. When her beloved mentor, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture outside the settlement, her allegiances to home, society and above all to Jeffrey suddenly collide.
Along with a band of misfits, Natasha enacts a plan to escape the confines of the settlement and uncover for herself the true effects of her office's policies. She is willing to wager her safety, her promising career and, eventually, her faith in the values that she has worked for and believed in all her life. Available now for the first time in paperback, THE OFFICE OF MERCYis the thrilling debut novel of a post-apocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ariel Djanikian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with majors in English, chemistry, and philosophy. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan. Her writing has appeared in the L Magazine and theParis Review Daily. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.