Meritropolis Gives the YA Dystopian Genre New Life

Xpresso Book Tours brings you another great read! Looking up the description for this book, I knew it was going to be my kind of book, Young Adult–check, Dystopian–check, some crazy weird crap that happens that makes no sense but perfect sense because, duh, dystopian?–check!
So what is this book? I bring you…
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…
Sounds amazing right? Right! Waste no time in adding this book to your Goodreads TBR List because you’ll want to read it! So, the book and my thoughts:
I received Meritropolis in exchange for an honest review. Meritropolis by Joel Ohman is one of the books in the YA Dystopian genre that not only embraces the tropes of the genre, but so blatantly hits them with no shame in lieu of going about it in a sneaky way. The bluntness of the writing is what truly drew me into this book and–I won’t lie–I’m not quite yet finished with the book but I can’t put it down! At the current point, I am giving it a 4 star rating, but that is subject to change for the better instead of the worse. I am a huge person that if the opening of a book doesn’t grab me, then I automatically deduct a star rating (hey, my rating system may be brutal, but it works). Meritropolis’ opening draws you in and keeps you wanting to turn the pages.
You’re given such a strong protagonist from the beginning who wants to break the System in Meritropolis, Charley. No need for me to reiterate the synopsis, but at the same time I don’t want to spoil anything for the reader. The level of world building that Ohman does in Meritropolis is astounding and the character depth of each of his characters are two of the driving aspects that keep this book intriguing and capturing the readers’ attention. With an even thicker plot that–at some times–does get a bit hard to follow and I wonder if it would be a problem for the younger readers who this book is intended for (shhh, I’m 26 and still flove this genre). Ohman’s rich vocabulary evokes the reader and lets them immerse themselves into this jaded world of Meritropolis and it doesn’t let up its hold easily when you take a five minute break only to return to it eager to know what happens.
I’m the type of reader that is difficult for me to surprise in reading. I think what worked well for Ohman was his directness in the beginning as it added further depth to allow for suspense to build and leave the reader, err me, hanging on each word and wanting to know where the book was going. When I get this 100% complete, I plan to revise my review slightly based on how it ends, and will most likely be picking up the next book in this series.
So what are you waiting for? Buy it! It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble so don’t hesitate to get it!
Author Bio:
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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