BLOG TOUR: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman [GIVEAWAY]

MerMeritropolis (Meritropolis, #1)
by Joel Ohman
Release Date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult


SYNOPSIS: In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

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…

REVIEW: The premise of this book was extremely promising. I like the idea of everyone getting a score to determine a person’s worth in society (not in real life, obviously, but in a fictional scenario, that seems intriguing). I felt like this book fell flat a little bit though as it didn’t really go into the system much–we didn’t really see it operating asides from people being “zeroed out”.

Charley as a main character was kind of hard for me to swallow. He was very aggressive and abrasive–I didn’t find myself connecting with him at all. Sure, he’s got this tragic backstory, and I feel bad for saying it, but I just couldn’t make myself sympathize with him. He seemed really unlikable to me and I didn’t feel like he experienced any kind of character development. I did like other characters though like Grigor and Sandy. They seemed like solid characters and I wish we’d seen more of them.

Overall, this book was just okay. The premise was so promising, but then the world just ended up being confusing (I don’t really understand the animal combinations–they just seem super random).

Overall Rating: 3
Language: Mild
Violence: Heavy
Smoking/Drinking: None
Sexual Content: Mild


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JoelABOUT 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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Note: I received this book free from the author/blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters that need to get out of my life


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

I don’t want to get too negative with this post or make anyone mad, so I’ll just be really brief with my picks here.

1) Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. Cheated on his girlfriend.
2) Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Flaky and immature. Didn’t treat Cricket right.
3) Jules McCallister-Morgan from The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions). Every smart girl stereotype that I hate is packed into this one character.
4) Charlotte Reynolds from On the Fence. I just felt like she was extremely unrealistic.
5) Tim Mason from The Boy Most Likely To. I had a hard time caring about him. Good scenes between him and Cal, but that’s about it.
6) Peter Kavinsky from P.S. I Still Love You. I really liked Peter in the first book, but then he went downhill in the second.
7) Princess Eadlyn from The Heir. Entitled and condescending. Initially unlikable though I have hopes for her in the next book.
8) Amy Gumm from Dorothy Must Die. Annoying and selfish.
9) Mare from Red Queen. Hi, don’t join a revolution unless you’re 100% sure you agree with their platform. kthxbai
10) Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty. Wishy-washy and immature.

If you think I should reconsider any of these characters, let me know! I would love to hear why you think they deserve a second chance.