Meritropolis by Joel Ohman
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Synopsis: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…
I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.
In Meritropolis, people are assigned a merit number to decide whether you live or are banned. They decide if you are an asset to society. If you are not or they deem you unworthy, they say that " the needs of the many outweigh the desires of the individual." If you are banished, you will more than likely die. Charley doesn't believe in this system. He has reason not to.
This is an extremely entertaining dystopian novel. It is a frightening, but all to plausible world. Charley is a great character for the reader to follow on this journey. The book is well paced. It makes you angry, and you should be. It is a great start to a new series. I want to listen to the audio of this book before I move on to the next book. I'm ending my review with my favorite line : “Let the revolution commence.”
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