Review: Meritropolis


3 stars

Read from December 03 to 05, 2014

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…

Bookish Things: 226 pages. The cover is different, striking and easy to read.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.05, paperback for $9.99 or Audio for $17.46

My Review: 

Meritropolis, the hunger games meets The Village, with a young Jack teacher protagonist.

Well that’s the line Joel is trying to sell us, I don’t think he quite gets there.

I liked the scoring system, it made me think of the Justin Timberlake movie ‘In Time’ with the branding and worth of humans being placed heavily on the brand.I had some issues with Charley. Despite his dramatic childhood, he still seemed to get through everything with relative ease. Yes, he’d been fighting since a kid, but there is a hell of a big difference between a kid and a raging Bion.

Speaking of Bions, I thought the animal combinations were rather fresh and something that gave the story it’s flash flavour.

The writing was at times great, at others average. There’s a fair bit of guff that can be cut. Cutting it will make the story crisper and more engaging. As it is now, there’s a lot of repetition and character explanation that makes parts of the story drag.

Probably suitable for Young Adult audiences 14yrs + or younger with prior adult checking, this book should appeal to those looking for an adventure and story of a battle against an oppressor.

A number of things I noticed:
3% – After all, which of… Seems a bigger font size to the previous writing.

15% – please stop telling us Charley learned how to fight and win from an early age. We get it!
22% – should Down Syndrome be both caps, no caps? Whatever, keep it consistent.
40-42% – that was waaaaaaay too easy!!
46% – …his way to see his(delete his) Sven…
52% – …trying (to) match her furiously…
55% – I know his pants are too big! Quit telling me please!
57% – …break some of your previous (delete previous add precious) equipment…
70% – “Well,, (double punctuation)

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.**


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