Justice Without Mercy

Factions of Virtue Book 1

Fiction - Dystopia
346 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2020
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Author Biography

R. L. Burgess is an author of fiction, including the dystopian romance series, Factions of Virtue. She graduated from Juniata College with a degree in Psychology and Creative Writing. She lives in Virginia, where she works as a professional counselor in private practice. For more information and updates, visit the author’s website: www.rlburgess.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Justice Without Mercy is a work of fiction in the dystopian, science fiction, and romantic suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author R. L. Burgess as the first novel of the Factions of Virtue series. Written for adult readers, the work does contain some use of explicit language, scenes of moderate violence, and mild sexual situations. In this near-future world, we are introduced to Agent Mercy, who works as an Enforcer for an oppressive government that seeks to shut down emotional attachments and family bonds in order to keep control of people. But when Mercy meets fellow agent Justice, she begins to feel something that could shatter her view of the world and how things are done in her society.

Author R. L. Burgess has created a cool and highly engrossing dystopian world where freedom and romance are hidden under the table, just waiting to burst free. I loved the idea of the system going against human nature because it endears us to the characters at once and helps us root for them to break free from oppression. Mercy is a great central figure for this because at the opening she is very much indoctrinated by the police state, and her awakening represents some very powerful ideas about control and rebellion. The world-building was off the charts too, with many well-described locations and influential social structures in place to add to the tension and realism of the piece. Overall, I would certainly recommend Justice Without Mercy to all dystopian and romantic suspense fans.


I was constantly fascinated by the depth of the world that was created.

The story has fascinating twists and turns and really gets you invested in the characters.

thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


A fast-paced read with equal parts character development, romance, and philosophy. The plot engages readers with literally EVERYTHING: forbidden love, vigilantes, secret societies, terrorism, political upheaval, violence, revolution, kidnapping, double lives, flashbacks, religion, oppression, passion, emotion that is both suppressed and raw.

The author's literary style is artistic and suggestive. Not only is the story incredibly engaging from an entertainment perspective, but also quite symbolic of the human condition with its undertones of conflicted ideology and the push/pull nature when navigating the continuums of intimacy vs emotional dependence and power vs isolation - and the ever-overwhelming societal influence as a motivator for human behavior.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series!