Life Prison (Life Prison: Mercys Prisoner #1)

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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. The world-building is exquisite. Anchored in Maryland is the Republic of Mip and its life prisons , forgotten places where the worst criminals go and pray to die. Dying, though, is outlawed, because it is an escape from punishment. This is an anthology of sorts. The first protagonist is Merrick, a child-murderer. That should set the tone. The murder is vivid and gruesome, as are the rapes and beatings Merrick endures in the life prison. If rape, murder, and torture are not for you, then this book is not for you.

Dusk Peterson, despite this, has a huge following. The writing is fantastic.

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Each word shows talent and craft, research and imagination, passion and purpose. It gets three stars from me because of its ultimately frustrating lack of resolution. Dusk relies on murky atmosphere rather than resolution, and leaves the reader with no catharsis. If you step into Mercy Prison , there will be no escape.

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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Life Prison Life Prison, 1. Nov 25, Julio Genao rated it really liked it Shelves: novella. View all 25 comments. Feb 24, Danny Tyran rated it liked it Shelves: torture , prisonners-convicts , d-s , alternate-reality. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. I liked this book even though I don't believe that a man like Merrick, who killed a three-year-old girl and dreamed every night afterwards of the intense pleasure he took in doing so, would change fundamentally after playing dice for a week even with the most gifted guards. I knew a pedophile. On his deathbed cancer , he still told one of his victims that she was lucky that he taught her "pleasure". And he had never killed anyone.

How could a psychopath like Merrick chang I liked this book even though I don't believe that a man like Merrick, who killed a three-year-old girl and dreamed every night afterwards of the intense pleasure he took in doing so, would change fundamentally after playing dice for a week even with the most gifted guards.

How could a psychopath like Merrick change so much in such a short time? Sorry, but this story is not convincing at all. I hoped throughout the novel after the meeting between Merrick and Thomas that the latter would give the first a way to escape and that Merrick would immediately return to his former pleasures stabbing people to death.

Which would have saddened Thomas, but would have been much more credible. As I wanted to believe throughout this story that Merrick was pretending to change to become a good guy , just to seduce Thomas, I still took some pleasure in reading this story, which doesn't hold a candle to Eternal Dungeon though. That's why I give it 3 stars. Jul 27, A. This is a story about expectations and preconceptions. If you believe you are nothing, that the system around you is wrong and your fellow inmates no better than you then what hope do you have?

Ever since he arrived in Mercy Prison, Merrick has dreamed and schemed about ways to gain his release, which, for him, is death. He has long ago decided who he is, his attitude to life and the worth of the people around him.

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He thinks he knows it all. Then he is put under the charge This is a story about expectations and preconceptions. Then he is put under the charge of Thomas, a man younger than himself who he has already summed up and judged. It is only when he understands the errors he made in doing this, that he can start to appreciate the crime he committed that resulted in his being imprisoned.

Told wholly from Merrick's POV, the reader needs to remember his testimony is not always reliable or accurate, as he sees the world from a very restricted perspective. Through Thomas, his eyes are opened. This can make the story confusing, so it's worth a re-read when finished to see the points the author is making. It's also worth thinking about places like Abu Ghraib when reading this. I'm not sure if it was on Dusk's mind as most of the author's research was in historical prison systems, but some elements seem similar.

And while the story is dark, there is still hope and love and the prospect of a better future. This isn't of the "and now they lived happily ever after" variety with everything wrapped up neatly in an unbelievably pretty package style. More a glimmer of light on the horizon.

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Definitely worth reading and discussing. The prose is fluid, the pacing good, just don't let your own expectations and preconceptions get in the way of what the author is trying to do. Jan 08, amomentsilence rated it it was amazing Shelves: quiltbag-lgbtquia , speculative-fiction , interested-in , dark-themes-dark-fiction , lgbt-challenge , new-to-you-rc , you-read-how-many-books , booksweeks , challenge , challenge Actual rating is 4.

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What an incredible turn of events! Such a page-turner! I honestly didn't think this story could end well, even vaguely I was happily proven wrong. Mar 05, Fenriz Angelo rated it really liked it. Very interesting and beautifully written. Even the things that shoudln't be beautiful, were.