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!
Meritropolis vaguely reminds me of another story I read recently that involves a series of mutated creatures of sorts. They’re terrifying, carnivorous creatures that have aggression as a part of their genetic make-up.
Charley is one angry teenager. There were times during the story where I found myself feeling a fraction of what he feels during the book. Anger at the system they have in place, and anger at the way people are so shallowly categorized. Charley is right, of course. Every person matters.
This was a story I enjoyed reading because there have been very few books I’ve come across that are told from a male perspective. This book was well put together in describing different parts of humanity, from those with power to those who are ushered out of the city’s gates. Not everyone is this story has the same agenda, and those agendas clash in what comes to be the climax. Meritropolis has action and violence, but it isn’t overly glorified as some of the things I’ve read in other dystopian novels. It has just the right balance to keep me reading and wondering the what’s and why’s behind the system in Meritropolis.
I award Meritropolis 4 Platypires.