Meritropolis by Joel Ohman




Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
(Meritropolis, #1)
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…

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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This is a young adult dystopian post-apocalyptic story that has a bit of a Maze Runner mixed with Divergent feel to it and I loved reading this! Charley lives in a time referenced to as after the event and he lives in a community of 50,000 people known as Meritropolis that is closed off from the rest of the world by large walls. Commander Orson rules this destitute place without any compassion and they have what is known as the system that’s a set of rules governing how things are run in this cold place. There is a scoring system where everyone is scored based on what they can personally contribute to the community and anyone who scores a 50 or below is sent outside of the community’s walls to basically die. Charley is what is known as a high score since he currently has a score of over 100 and this doesn’t make him happy at all. He’s sick and tired of the way things are run and wants to do something about it. Commander Orson notices Charley’s intentions immediately and attempts to use devious methods to eliminate the threat Charley causes by bringing him into the fold and putting him in high risk situations. Now Charley is faced with the impossible task of changing things in a world where it’s a struggle just to stay alive.

I loved the significant amount of suspense and danger at every turn that this story provides and my attention definitely didn’t waver once while reading this. My mind was reeling with all of the rules of the system and the hybrid creatures presented here and this author definitely took this story well outside of the box and into an entirely new existence. I love Charley’s character and how no matter what happens he doesn’t stop fighting for what he believes in. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to live in this type of situation where at any moment everyone I cared about could be sent off to die simply because some scoring system didn’t consider them good enough. I found it especially interesting that people were given higher scores simply because they were attractive or well-liked and how bribery could cause some to be given higher scores as well. This goes to show that there’s no such thing as a perfect or unbiased rating system and that this whole system is nothing but one giant popularity contest hidden behind false ideals. I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this to anyone to read.


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