Friday, November 21, 2014

Meritropolis ~ Review

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
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…
BONUS Original Artwork - 17 original chapter illustrations that precede each of the 17 chapters: Bion (Bull-Lion), Scorpicon (Scorpion-Falcon), Chimpanzelle (Chimp-Gazelle), and more!

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Available in Audiobook too!
A must read for Dystopian, Action, Drama, & Paranormal Fans!!, November 14, 2014
There is so much to tell about this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian type tales filled with action, drama, & a paranormal twist. I'm also pleased to be able to share this book with my teen & pre-teen since there is no harsh language or adult scenes involved.
Ohman WOWed me with this world he created. I believe this quote is pretty accurate :“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”. While those comparisons ring true Meritropolis is still very different from anything I've come across yet. The characters are unique & diverse, many pulling those heartstrings like a well trained harpist. I found myself eager to encounter the next new animal hybrids lurking in the shadows while begging the powers that be to protect Charley & his comrades as they continue on their journey.
What would you do if everything you'd been taught your entire life was suddenly flipped upside down & tossed out the gate? The very "System" set up to ensure survival is not what everyone believed, & on the other side of that gate awaits a whole world of dangers & wonder.
By the time I finished reading this story I knew I'd found another favorite to add to my ever growing list. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more by this author.
"The novel is a clear attempt to join the wave of dystopia currently dominating the YA best-seller lists, and Ohman's writing is a cut above." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist."Donny Meader

"A fast-paced read... Charley's motivation is brutal and heartbreaking, but the things he discovers as he works to undo the system from the inside are downright terrifying. The animal hybrids, and what they're capable of, are the stuff of nightmares." - Mom Read It

"Meritropolis is a a thrilling romp through a dystopian city governed by the greater good... a thrill-a-minute ride through an engaging science fiction world that touches on society, morality, and humanity. Meritropolis is a stellar dystopian adventure." - IndieReader (4.5 starred review)
"Well-written and fast-paced, the characters are well developed and multi-faceted. My only real complaint about the book was that it ended too soon!" - Reader's Favorite (5-starred review)

"Well-written and entertaining... a solid Young Adult dystopian novel." - San Francisco Book Review (4-starred review)

"Ohman's dystopian vision is well-paced, imaginative, and suspenseful to the very end." - Clarion Reviews (4-starred review)

"Meritropolis is a superior read with a powerful protagonist that brings readers along for a ride which will prove wild at times, always involving, and filled with depth and ethical insights. An absolute standout from the masses of post-apocalyptic survival works permeating today's market." - Midwest Book Review

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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