Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

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Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Meritropolis by Joel OhmanMeritropolis by Joel Ohman
Series: Meritropolis #1
on September 8th 2014
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 214
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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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...

Main points

I really enjoyed this. I knew I would when I read the premise, and I was right.

There really isn’t much to complain about. The characters were great, although the only one we really got to see inside was Charley. He was a fantastic main character. It was really fascinating to see him become what he was afraid of and to start to wonder what his motives really were and if he was doing the right thing. In fact, it got to the point where I wasn’t sure what the right thing was. That’s good plot right there. Anyway, I look forward to seeing more of the other characters. The supposed bad guy, Commander Orson, was also hard to pin down. Sure, what he was doing was wrong, but he was really just a coward, wasn’t he? Couldn’t he be useful to Charley? That remains to be seen…

The plot was great. I felt like a few things could have been more drawn-out, but mostly it was very well-paced. Plenty of action and stuff going on behind-the-scenes. I liked the alternating perspectives. It was cool to see things really come together at various points. Also, getting back to Charley­—it was really neat that he was so powerful but at the same time had some serious flaws. It’s like he was the extreme on both sides at the same time. He let his anger control him, and while that proved useful in battle, it also blinded him. He was so eager to rush into everything…It was noble, really, how he couldn’t stand to see bad things happen, but it also made him take unnecessary risks. It was a little frustrating, but he could mostly handle himself. I’m just waiting for the point where he can’t anymore.

I don’t know how much of the plot I can actually say without giving spoilers, but let’s just say…sh*t gets real. It goes down. It hits the fan. Things blow up. (Possibly literally.) You never really know who you can trust, and alliances change. Friends are made, and who really is the enemy? That’s the question. Is the System really a part of something bigger? What’s the point of everything? Why are so many people content to do nothing? It’s quite intriguing. I love the futuristic world-building. The one thing I had to laugh at was the mutations…the animal combinations. I mean, sure they can be quite scary and dangerous, but the combinations were absolutely hilarious. And hard to imagine…I mean, how can a bull-lion really be red? And how can a goose-lobster survive underwater if geese can’t breathe underwater? (The head was the goose part.) I dunno, but apparently they’re delicious…

There were a few entertaining parts. A little bit of potential romance. Mostly action and introspection. I loved it! Very fast read. I want to continue the series.

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About Joel Ohman

Joel Ohman is the author of Meritropolis–“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.

Overall: four-stars


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I love the cover on this one, and it sounds like an excellent book.