Thursday, 4 December 2014

Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23198675-meritropolis?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
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... 


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Meritropolis is a riveting dystopian book which even at its somewhat-short length captured my attention. There was so much plot intrigue to sink my teeth into as well as enough action to go around. I did find that it overpowered the evolving romance and I know a lot of people prefer reading romance to action, but it wasn’t too noticeable for me personally.

Saying this however, it was very much a character driven story and these people moved the plot along otherwise there wouldn’t have been a story. I couldn’t relate to Charley’s internal fighting, which determined a lot about his character, but I can say it was interesting and gave him real depth. All the characters in fact were well developed including the ones you don’t see nearly as much of.

More and more recently I have found myself loving the villains in either 2 ways: 1, they’re misunderstood and simply need someone to relate or 2, they’re so viciously wicked that I cringe every time they’re name is mentioned but can’t wait to see what evil things they do next. This book had a mix of both which was perfect.

The loss of a star was partly because it ended very openly for a standalone (which is what I went into this book expecting it to be) and after talking to the author did I find out it will continue as a series. So with a sequel on the way problem solved!
Favourite Quotes:
“They would pay, and pay dearly. It would be for the best.”

“Funny how little things ignite the fuse and end up burning the fastest.”

“The question everyone debated while we were underground was always something like, “What does it say about the System if it sanctions the killing of innocent life?” but I think the real question is, “What does it say about us, if we see it and do nothing?”

“The things I do or don’t do live on with me – they become a part of me. They are me, in a way.”

“He couldn’t change the past, and he couldn’t control the future. But he would beat the present into submission.”

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