Author: Joel Ohman
Summary: 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.
~~~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 is engaging and pulls the reader in. I haven't seen a plot like this before.
About the title: (Little nit pick)
* The title of the book is jarring because it is hard to pronounce, or I'm not sure how to pronounce it, though this is just a personal problem. I keep saying "Metropolis." and when I try and pronounce it how it is written, I stumble over the word and it makes me pause in my reading.
Currently on page 58/chapter 6.
* While the idea behind the plot itself is engaging and it pulled me in at chapter 1, I'm finding this is going too slow. I'm bored at this point. It is not the author's fault as I am a mood reader and really prefer fast paced books, depending on my current mood.
* There are too many characters and POV changing in each chapter. This is a personal preference. I like books with a reasonable amount of characters and not very many POVs and I prefer if the POV only changes at the start of a new chapter.
* I don't like Charley so far.
* There is a character who is described as having an ugliness with a hardness to it, an almost animalistic quality that seemed wild and menacing -inhuman. Then it goes on to say that his most amazing quality is his smile - it could melt paint off of walls. It was so pure and bursting with child-like goodwill.... I like the way the author describes this guy, but at the same time, the way it is worded in the book sounds a little funny. The above description is not quoted word for word. Though I do love the idea of an unattractive or scary looking person having a pure, amazing smile.
I did like the novel. There were some interesting twists and turns. The characters grow on you after a while. There does seem to be some editing errors that need polishing, but that is on the editor and not the author. I feel like Joel Ohman is good at what he does and hope he continues.