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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 t ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 8th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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. Se
Wart Hill
Oct 11, 2014 marked it as gave-up
Shelves: netgalley, arc2014
I was intrigued by this for the most part, and I was willing to push through the occasionally frustrating writing, until A MOB BOSS told our (clearly super speshul) MC IMPORTANT INFORMATION at their first bumping into each other.

Random kid on the street.

Gets convenient information from a source that makes no sense.
Rae King
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
received this book in exchange for an honest review

Submitting to the system provided the best chance of collective survival. Of course, there are always those who refuse to submit.

This wildly addicting dystopian novel follows a seventeen year old, Charley, who lives in a city called Meritropolis. Their community is ruled by a certain system that is basically the survival of the fittest. It's based on a scoring system with low scores getting 'zeroed' out of society - thrown outside the gates
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ohman should take a hard look at everyone around him. Every friend who read a page and said it made sense. Every reader who smiled after finishing a chapter and told him that he was on the right track. Every editor who pretended to read his sentences and chose not to correct anything in this hare-brained book. He should look at all of them and immediately zero them from his life.

The only redeemable piece of this book is the System premise. That's where it ends. Literally before the first senten
Katelyn Buxton
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Everyone matters,” he murmured. “Even the unwanted, even the unborn, even the disabled.”

That is the message in this wonderful, fast-paced bit of not-super-depressing dystopia. When I read that line, I knew I was in love with this book. So much of the genre is bent on overthrowing the Government just because "it's wrong." And "oppressive." And those things may be true. But this book shows us the why of it all as well. People's worth can't be defined by the Score their government assigns them. (I
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
"Submitting to the System provided the best chance of collective survival.
Of course, there are always those who refuse to submit."

- Joel Ohman, 'Meritroplis'

DNF at 60 %

Thank you CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.

I can't remember the exact reason as to why I ever decided to request 'Meritropolis' from its publisher. I seriously wonder now though, because it surely wasn't the premise. I didn't have much hope for this novel, becau
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Action packed, fast paced, easy read. Characters and world building were spot on. The story line was intriguing. It has everything I want in a dystopian novel.

Looking forward to book 2, the adventure is far from over.

Frank Errington
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 Stars

Meritropolis had a lot going against it. First novel from a writer with no track record. Self-published. Somewhat derivative in the dystopian genre. But guess what? Meritropolis manages to overcome all of those obstacles and stand tall as an entertaining YA novel that tells an all too believable story

It's the year AE3. Three years after the nebulous Event. From the book description on Amazon. "Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by a brutal System
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'd give this book six stars if I could! I read it in the space of two days and I really didn't want it to end!
I found that I really empathized with Charley's character as he developed throughout the book- the addition of some of his memories from the past were a thoughtful touch- making the him seem more rounded person. I thought that although the book is set in a fantasy futuristic world- the actions and feelings of all the characters were all entirely plausible. I think it's Joel Ohmans skil
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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.

Meritropolis first grabbed my attention due to the fact that it was billed as The Hunger Games with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist. I’m unfamiliar with the other comparison, The Village, listed in the quote provided on the blu
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, Joel Ohman, for gifting me with a copy of Meritropolis in exchange for an honest review!

You know, I'm really feeling lists today... let's make a list of awesomeness for this book!

1. The concept. This whole book revolved around the fact that general human society imploded and it affected both the environment and the remaining humans. Animals started breeding with other species so there are all these crazy hybrids running around. Everyone (or everyone that the MC's know of
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, it does annoy me when I see comments such as 'yet another YA dystopian book' in reviews. If you're sick of reading a specific genre, stop reading it! Reading it just to whine about how you're bored of the genre in place of a real review for the individual book does no one any good. That aside, yes Meritropolis is YA dystopian fiction, there are a lot of them out there but I happen to enjoy them and so I knew what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book.

Despite i
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Meritropolis is a riveting dystopian book which even at its somewhat-short length captured my attention. There was so much plot intrigue to sink my teeth into as well as enough action to go around. I did find that it overpowered the evolving romance and I know a lot of people prefer reading romance to action, but it wasn’t too noticeable for me personally.

Saying this however, it was very much a chara
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Meritropolis, each week people are marked with a merit score determining their value to society. Those with a too low score are sent outside the city walls, where sure death awaits them. Then one day a young man stands up against the injustice.

While the basic idea of a rebellion against a class system is not new, Meritropolis manages to tell it in its own original voice, delivering a fascinating and fast-paced read. It has some fresh ideas like very strange animal hybrids. Though the descript
Beth Wangler
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really excited about this book. The premise had a lot of potential, and I'd heard good things about it.

Consequently, I was sad to feel disappointed, and stopped reading half-way through.

NOTICE: There will be spoilers in this review; continue reading at your own peril.

*spoiler warning* *spoiler warning* *spoiler warning*

The characters were very underdeveloped and seemed more like plot devices than people. I noticed this first about the female characters. The few that are present are either
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Charley has just turned seventeen years old and has been moved above ground to live now. Charley lives inside the walls and gates of the city Meritropolis where everyone is assessed each week. They are judge on their worth to society and are given high or low scores according to what they can or can’t do. They are judged on how smart they are and what kind of shape they are in. Like if they are strong and can fight or hunt
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Joel Ohman’s Meritropolis, everyone in the city of Meritropolis is assigned a numerical score by the System that decides their worth to the community. This score is based on intelligence, health, talent, physical strength and anything else that would make the individual valuable to their society. Thus, the higher the score, the more likely the person to survive. The lower the score, the higher the chances of the individual being tossed out of “the gates.” The score is not based on age and any ...more
~~~I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you very much to whoever it was who picked me to win~~~

Here are some of my thoughts while reading this: (I must apologize that I am not the most elegant when it comes to reviews.)

Currently on page 42/chapter 4.
Here are my first impressions:
* Well written, though every now and again sentence flow is a little off, but that is my personal opinion as I am no expert on writing.
* The author writes action scenes really well. I really enjoyed them.
* The plot
Heather Taylor
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Your worth depends on your age, health and social contributions. It’s tattooed upon your arm and fluctuates each assessment day. Sound harsh?? Well Joel Ohman has created such a world and what a dark world it is, it’s filled with forced abortions and disability discrimination.

The story follows a young lad, Charley, who’s reached the city’s adulthood age and is coming to terms with the grim reality that comes with living in Meritropolis. Meritropolis is a city that was formed 3 years After The Ev
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the mom of special needs children, this book was somewhat difficult to read at times. But that's kind of the point of dystopian fiction – it's not meant to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. In the world of Meritropolis, all citizens are assigned a Score based on their worth to society – being smart, healthy, and attractive nets you a High Score; being disabled, unattractive, or ill drops your Score. And if your Score drops too low? Well, then you're put outside the gates in a special cerem ...more
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
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Meritropolis is a dystopian adventure with unique qualities, which is hard to come by these days.

I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get into this at first, mainly because the writing felt somewhat forced at times. But that was usually easy to overlook with the constant action and excitement of the plot.

It was a lot of fun to read. You really get sucked into the world. The plot is action-packed, the world-building is unique, and the characters are likeable. I loved Sandy, she was hilarious and sass
Ellen Allen
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. Joel Ohman knows how to pace a good story and he brings multiple characters in very early in a way that is clear and exciting. The book is reminiscent of Divergent and The Maze Runner with a little Tolkien mixed in - with many of the same eternal themes (I won't say which, because I don't like to give things away). I was really engaged by the lead, Charley, and I raced through the book in a day - it's a very
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
I originally decided to read Meritropolis because I’d heard great things about it and I loved the idea of the ambitious message that it was trying to convey—about everyone (including even the unborn) having value and worth from a Christian perspective. I dug the concept of incorporating such deep, important, and timely themes into a Hunger Games-like dystopia. And I’m giving the book a solid three-star rating largely due to its ambition. I have nothing but respect for the author and the wonderfu ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scookie-reviews
Recommend: Males who like dystopian fiction and action.

The Rating Breakdown

Enjoyment: 3 I enjoyed it a lot at first, but the plot and concept issues got to me.

Writing Style: 3 A bit ‘tell’ heavy but well structured in most places.

Plot: 1 Too much crammed in, poor structure, anticlimactic, and underdeveloped.

World & Concepts: 2 Interesting ideas executed poorly.

Characters: 2 Some good, some forgettable, and too many guards.

Finish: 3 I love the cover, the writing is mostly error free, but it ne
Phillip III
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A friend bought me a copy of this book. Thought I would enjoy it. I appreciate him introducing me to a new author worth following. I would be remiss if I then, in return, didn't try and do the same for all of you! Please, let me take a few minutes and tell you about Joel Ohman's MERITROPOLIS.

In the self-contained city of Meritropolis population is limited to exactly fifty-thousand. A body more and the balance could be upset. The balance, otherwise, is maintained by the System. People earn a numb
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Hunger Games and dystopian sci-fi
Meritropolis - a review by Rosemary Kenny

In a dystopian future a cataclysmic event has necessitated the population of the eponymous city be kept to 50,000 - no more/less. To keep the balance between survival of the fittest and sufficiency of food and other necessities to keep the citizens happy and productive, the ruling System (in a similar manner to The Hunger Games), holds periodic 'elimination ceremonies', that assign points to each in order to weed out the elderly, disabled, sick and rebell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow i just finished reading the book almost in one sitting and now i can finally breath, such an exciting read about a dystopian community of people who are graded with a score inked on their arms and those who score the least are thrown out of the gates to be devoured by the genetically modified abnormality of animals which in themselves are so interesting a mix but so scary! the whole concept of the system is like something from George Orwell however as in all tyrannically run systems somethin ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joel-ohman
Awesome!!! I won this action packed, thrilling, & imaginative title on the Goodreads giveaway and...I had a blast reading it. I am definitely a fan of this author's writing style and will read the second title in this series. ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really like the idea of this book, but it ended up being kind of disappointing. It was hard to take some of the animal hybrids seriously, and the characters were somewhat one -dimensional for me. I’m a little curious about what happens in the next book, but I’ll probably get over it.
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Joel Ohman 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.

Joel is the author of the #1 bestselling Meritropolis series—“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist” and the new YA release, Other Bodies.

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