meritropolis book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

After the “Event”, the surviving humans have worked together to build a new life within the the walls of Meritropolis. Unfortunately, the population of 50,000 lives in fear of a brutal system that assigns each citizen a merit score that determines whether they get to live or die. Most of the population have accepted this as simply how life works now and are content with the trade off of being allowed to live from day to day. But for one high scoring individual, conforming is not an option. Charley is seventeen years old and has an agenda. He wants to bring the system down in the name of his brother, who was unjustly put outside the gates to die.

Charley soon finds out that he has bit off more than he can chew and that brute force may not be enough to get the job done. As he teams up with other young adults, unhappy with the current rule of thumb, things aren’t exactly what they seem and there maybe a darker force at work.

Futuristic post-apocalyptic books are all the rage these days and Meritropolis jumped on that train. It is a fresh take on the current “everything is a fight for your life, let’s let the children battle” genre and I was impressed with that fact. Charley lives in a small city type area and each week is uncertain because you need a certain score, a merit, to stay safe. If your score isn’t high enough, you risk being put outside the gates, fresh meat for whatever malicious wildlife may come for you first. And these aren’t run of the mill animals, these are random combination creatures that were created either by nuclear fallout or even worse, mankind with ill will in mind.

Meritropolis is a series in progress and it definitely comes out feeling unfinished. It’s always tricky business trying to make a series that keeps you wistful for more whilst making sure you wrap it up at the end of each book. I wish Joel Ohman had waited and just kept it all as one book rather than trying to split it up into a series. I was definitely left with a half-finished piece and not in a good way. I’m still trying to decide if I dare bother when the next book in the series is eventually published…

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Joel Ohman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.