1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.
As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.
But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.
Ableism & ableist language
Alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse
Animal death (graphic & repeated), hunting, and animal illness mentioned
Animal dead bodies and graphic description of skinning & butchering
Animal attack and death from animal attack (including death from a wasp attack and a graphic scene of a child being eaten alive by a wolf)
Attempted murder of a pet cat recounted
Attempted suicide and self-sacrifice ideation
Blood and gore depiction (graphic)
Cannibalism recounted & discussed
Dead bodies (graphic, multiple)
Death from exposure mentioned
Death of a child (op, multiple)
Death of a father recounted
Death of a friend (op)
Death of a husband recounted
Drugging w/o consent
Emesis (graphic, multiple op scenes)
Explosions (op & recounted)
Graphic physical injuries (including burns & loss of hearing) and illness
Knife violence and stabbing
Non-consensual medical treatment and procedures (including amputation)
Murder and attempted murder
Police brutality mentioned
Serious illness of a loved one
Starvation & dehydration depiction (central theme) and death from starvation & dehydration mentioned