Hiya guys! Typical Tuesday here - how are you?
Well, I've got an awesome book to share with you all today. I love dystopian stories, as most of us do. Meritropolis is a new Maze Runner or Hunger Games, and maybe even better! Said to have a mix of The Village and Jack Reacher, this story is sure to entertain any reader. Check it out, and be sure to let us know what you think before you go!
~Released: 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…
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.
Dystopian stories seem to fascinate in a away no other story can. It's a possibility of disaster, and more than that, of surviving disaster. For most of us, it's a glimpse of hope - of what humans are capable of, if a world-wide catastrophe hit.
This is a wonderful book to add to an already impressive list of dystopian futures. The events and human existence presented in this version of the future were awesome, and actually unique. I'd never read anything quite like it, and found it disturbingly more believable than other dystopian novels I've experienced. Hopefully this future stays in this book, but if not, we have a great example of "what now."
The writing flowed very well, and had a great mix of humor and a dark realism. The characters were all easy to picture, and seemed to almost come to life, which is always what you hope to find with a good book. It is obvious the author is a talented writer, and has constructed a wonderful world to escape into for a few hours.
This is a book I'd recommend to others, and I am looking forward to seeing what the sequel holds.
*I received an eCopy of this book, from the author via Xpresso Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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