Book Review: Meritorium (A Meritropolis Novel) by Joel Ohman

Posted March 14, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: Meritorium (A Meritropolis Novel) by Joel OhmanMeritorium by Joel Ohman
Series: Meritropolis, #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 262
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
ISBN: 9781514818183
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble

Charley has escaped from Meritropolis... but in his quest to take down the System that has taken his brother from him, he must go through Meritorium, a city where gladiatorial games of life or death combat are waged between High Scores and Low Scores, man and beast. Charley and Sandy must face man-eating plants, religious zealots, slave traders, and the ever present mutant animal combinations that roam a dystopian Coliseum presided over by Emperor Titus, the one man standing between Charley and the answers he seeks. Man is not an animal, but if they are to make it through Meritorium, will they even be able to tell the difference?

The lines between man and beast, friend and foe, will blur in Meritorium, the riveting sequel to the bestselling Meritropolis.

Meritorium is the sequel to author Joel Ohman’s Meritropolis. Charley and his friends have escaped Meritropolis, and are now off on a mission to hunt down Orson’s father – the creator of the System. What they don’t count on is how the rules change from city to city, and the high score Charley has scorned all his life no longer benefits him as he’s used to. Some new bonds are formed, while old ones are broken, as Charley continues on his quest to take down the System.

I really enjoyed this novel. The characters showed lots of growth, and became more complex. I also enjoyed seeing this new city, and how it differs from Meritropolis. Charley and his friends find themselves in many situations then they’ve previously faced, and I enjoyed learning more about Sven through his POV. Not only did Sven get a POV, but so did Sandy. This allowed them to go on their own adventures, while never taking away from the main story involving Charley.

Aside from the personal dilemmas each character faced, they also faced many new creatures. I LOL every time I begin a new chapter and see the drawing of the creatures mentioned, because they look cute in comparison to the way Ohman describes them. Setting the new novel in a Romanesque city gave the story a more historical feel than the futuristic one in the first novel. The story was action-packed, and offered many twists-and-turns. I recommend this story to fans of dystopian and science fiction. If you enjoyed Meritropolis, then you’ll love Meritorium.

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.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Meritorium (A Meritropolis Novel) by Joel Ohman

    • @Angelized_1st

      It turned out to be pretty good. I wasn’t sure from the bad cover, and almost didn’t read it, but the synopsis really grabbed me.

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