Saturday, March 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

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Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
Pages: 226
Publisher: Author Self Publish
Source: Xpresso Reads Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

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…


My Review
There a few familar themes in this. Basically something happened and in the aftermath a system of government was established. The system assigns a number to a person. The higher the number the more valuble the person. The lower the score the more you have to fear. The system is suppose to be for the greater good of the masses.

I found Charley to be too hotheaded. He has anger issues for sure. Orson was all that bad of a ruler. He carries out orders because he feels a duty to do so to but also because he is afraid of what would happen to him if he didn't.

The animal combinations I found to be unnecessary and so of them were not believable. Most dystopian novels have an agenda or warning it's pushing. The agenda here is that humans ought not mess with nature. That play with animal genetics can easily go wrong. Also there is a bit of a pro-life agenda thrown in.

It's an okay read but not as good as I was hoping.

About the Author
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.

Author Links
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