I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
Series: Meritropolis, #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 8th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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...
Metropolis is the first book in author Joel Ohman’s Metropolis series. In the novel, readers enter the walls of Meritropolis, a city ruled by a brutal system that assigns each citizen a score that dictates whether they live or die. For seventeen-year-old Charley, this system is unfair. It pits those with high scores at the top against those with low scores on the bottom. After losing his brother to the rules of the System, Charley thirst for revenge propels him to find a way to bring the System down.
I found this idea of a system that scores every individual based on their intelligence, athletic prowess, looks, etc. to be an interesting concept. From the onset it appears that the low scores are being used as slaves for the high scores, but as the story progresses, readers uncover a much sinister plot. This made the novel seem deeper than I originally thought it would be. Joel Ohman’s writing kept me invested in the story of Charley, and the other characters as the mystery surrounding Meritropolis was revealed. At least a little bit, as it appears I will have to read the second novel to learn more.
While I was intrigued by the story, I couldn’t help feel as if I’ve read it before. Maybe because the description of The Hunger Games meets The Village is pretty spot on. While there aren’t any “games” that pit the children against each other, the citizens are still fighting for survival under a rigged situation. How things are rigged, why, and for what purpose is the biggest mystery in the novel. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, it ended up veering off in a different direction. As for how the novel is like The Village… I’ll leave that up to you to figure out. I recommend this story for fans of dystopian fantasy that like a bit of mystery to their books. Metropolis is written at a nice and steady pace, and will leave you wanting more.