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Monday, 7 March 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

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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…

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Meritropolis is a Young Adult, Dystopian novel about a young boy who is lucky enough to have the highest but one score. This means that he is safe from being zeroed which basically means he is thrown outside the walls and gates of Meritropolous and left to the mercy of any number of animals and animal combinations that come out once the sun goes down.

Charley's brother, Alec, wasn't so lucky to have a high score - because he had Down's Syndrome his score was under 50 so therefore he was zeroed. Charley remembers that day because he did nothing to stop it from happening. The fact that he was only 8 (or thereabouts) is insignificant to him. He has built up his reputation and strength in fights since that day so together with his high score means he is someone that the powers that be need to keep an eye on.

This story was fast-paced and intriguing as Charley struggles to learn all he can in order to overthrow the high scores. One thing that was slightly strange is that characters are mentioned, and you feel that they are going to be significant, but then you never hear from them again - or you hear in passing that they were zeroed after all.

Interesting with twists and turns and a completely open-ending. Recommended for fans of the Dystopian genre.

* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *

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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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  1. I love that this has a male POV! That's a nice change, and this story sounds fast paced and fun overall! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. This sounds really interesting! I'd love to read it!

  3. Sounds like a great read. I like the cover.

  4. Excellent review! This book sounds like such an interesting read. Looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Cool cover. Sounds like an excellent Dystopian read.

  6. Great review, sounds like an awesome book! And I also loved reading Joel's bio lol, Caesar sounds fantastic :D

  7. I have been looking for a new great read!

  8. I enjoy a good dystopian read, thanks for the chance :)

  9. this sounds like a great read

  10. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty

  11. I can't wait to read this! I love dystopian stories.

  12. Loving the cover! thanks for the chance to win

  13. This sounds like a very interesting book that I would love to delve into.

  14. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.