Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.
The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.
But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.
Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…
My Review: I completely was intrigued by the description of this book, it was one that seemed very new to me. After reading it I can assure you the concept is very original which makes this book one heck of a page turner.
This is a very brutal dystopia, the society does not hide that they are cruel, they lead with fear. I couldn’t imagine living in a society where my test scores matter. I have an autistic brother, I am not sure if he would score well. I would avenge him too… which is why this book spoke to me.
You do not mess with the people I love. I think this is why I loved Charley, I pulled for Charley immediately.
Joel Ohman is a new author for me, but he can develop worlds that immediately draw you in, they immediately make you think & they immediately make you think “Would I survive” which is what I ask myself while I read the “good” dystopias.
Simply put in a world where dystopia is flooding the market this is a very original, fast paced, page turner that you must read whether you are a fan of dystopia or not.
Joel Ohman is the author of the Meritropolis series –“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review, as always the opinions are my own. Thank you Xpresso tours for allowing me to take part in this tour.