Genre: Genetic Engineering, Science Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date Published: September 8th 2014
Source: Audible code
Synopsis: 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...
Three other platypires had read and loved this one, so I had some pretty high standards for it.
Holy plop, there's some serious stuff going on in here from the very beginning. I couldn't help but be immediately drawn in. I was definitely not disappointed with it.
There's some parts that I wasn't particularly fond of, because I thought it was just overly silly, but it ended up fitting in with the story so I was able to excuse much of it. I also felt like there was a certain depth missing to really help me connect with the story more.
As for Mikael Naramore, the narrator, I knew I recognized him! He's done a couple other series I enjoyed. He's starting to become one of my favorite audiobook narrators.
I can see why the other reviewers enjoyed it. I finished it in a day, because I needed to know what was going to happen next.
Audio: 5 Platypires
Total: 4 Platypires