Book Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

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Book Review: Meritropolis by Joel OhmanMeritropolis (Meritropolis, #1) by Joel Ohman
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 226
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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...


My thoughts

I’m of two minds with this one. I enjoyed it from the beginning but a part of me really disliked it.

What I enjoyed:

The characters. Especially Charlie. I did not always agree with Charlie’s way of doing things. He’s impulsive and drove me a little batty but he made sense.

Point of View changes

I really did not mind the changes of point of view. I enjoy being able to see what other characters are thinking or how they react to a situation.


The dystopian plot is right up my alley! This is definitely a book, similar to The Hunger Games in theory, but very, very different. Fighting the system is always a great plot. How it is done and when characters choose to revolt is the great part of dystopians. This was no different. It kept me on my toes. Even in the moments that were not my favorite!

Not so much:

Charlie’s choices! I think things could have been handled better. He was so impulsive that I was expecting him to die in the first few pages. I did like him but after a while I think his impulsivity got in the way of a character arc. I love when a character really learns something and I am not sure he learned anything and he kept jumping instead of looking before he leapt. So frustrating!

Although I did not mind the changing of POV, there are many, many characters and their thoughts in this. I think a few of them could have been taken out for a more seamless plot.

The confusing!

I’m not entirely sure how I felt about the animals mutation. It felt gratuitous. For instance, the gecko and the vulture created a Gulture. I’m sure putting these combinations was fun for the author but how in the world of science, even after a catastrophic event, will a gecko and a vulture get together? Some of the combinations seemed very odd and did not really seem to have a reason other than to shock the reader.

In short:

Interesting storyline. Good characters. I wanted a little more but was satisfied.

Rating Report
3 / 5
Character Development
2.5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3.3 / 5



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The Author


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.
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4 Responses to “Book Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman”

  1. Nikolina

    Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

    • Christina

      It was very interesting. I am a fan of dystopian but I think the plot was unique enough to keep readers interested. I hope you enjoy if you pick it up!