Author: Joel Ohman
Published: September 9th, 2014
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Recommended Age: 14+
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!
This book scared me, I admit it. There were too many components of it that seem far too likely, to me! It was very well written; I found myself lost in the story and holding my breath, feeling the fear, all of the emotions of the characters, really. I intend to re-read this one, one of the rare books that will go under that heading for me. I screamed at my kindle when it ended, though! I wasn't ready! I shall wait patiently - or at least as patiently as I can manage! - for the next book, though I will have trouble waiting to find out what happens next. There may be heckling of this author in the near future!
Like Post-Apoc? READ THIS. Like Dystopian? READ THIS. Seriously. Just do it. It's going on my list of favorite books of 2015.
Bob says: 5 Platypires because the highest I'm allowed.