by Joel Ohman


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ISBN-13: 9781500189600
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

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.

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Meritropolis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Steven Beltzer More than 1 year ago
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.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Meritropolis - Meritropolis Book 1 Author: Joel Ohman Publisher: Joel Ohman Published: 9-8-2014 Pages: 226 Genre: Post Apocalyptic Sub-Genre: Dystopian, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Coming of Age, Clean language, Wholesome Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Genetic Engineering ISBN: 9781500189600 ASIN: B00NFEOP6 Reviewed For NetGalley and Joel Ohman Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars 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... Characters that are multi layered with complex personalities, band together to survive in a post apocalyptic world. The barbaric system and low value placed on life is frightening in the extreme. Charlie and his friends gather to stand up against the powers that be, Only the occasional flashes of humor keep Meritropolis from being a dark sever fictional account of a possible future for mankind. Filled with twist and turns to keep you on your toes as you get to know the people and how they live and where. My rating of "Meritropolis - Meritropolis Book 1" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Paranormal_Sisters More than 1 year ago
*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review* Though the summary explains the book perfectly and I liked it, I'm a very visual person so the cover had me expecting something completely different than what I got. So I was expecting like a labyrinth with a minotaur. Though that beast on the cover is in the book, the tunnel represented I don't understand where that comes from entirely. I feel like there should have been a fence with a forest behind it more than anything as that's what this book is all about. It's about the evil behind the fence and if you have a low score you're doomed to be thrown out into them. Shrugs, anyways....I liked the book but it did take me a while to get into it. In the beginning there was a lot of information dumping and I feel like it was repeated throughout the story which had me rolling my eyes sometimes. Like, I got it. I can put two and two together, you don't always have to explain things and especially things you already explained to us before. And another reason it was slow for me was that we were bouncing between different point of views. Once I learned about every character I was able to flow through this a lot better. When we were sticking more to Charley, the MC, I was able to really get into it more than any other point of view. Though I enjoyed some of the other ones as it brought another part of this world to the story, I was more excited to read about Charley and his fight against the system. And when he went out of the gates as he became a hunter for this system I really loved the action scenes we got with the mutant animals that exist in the outside world! I loved the crazy animal combinations! Some of them really seemed unbelievable but that was the fun part about them! Overall there wasn't anything uniquely refreshing in this story as it followed the guide lines of a dystopian but I still liked it. I enjoyed the action scenes and their mission to shut down the system. I am interested to see where things go in the next one now that their world has crumbled around them and an outside force is barging in.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
There are many parts of this book that resemble other plots in popular books. Meritropolis can be easily described as a dystopian. Considering the ages of the characters, and that Mr. Ohman is a religious author, leaving out adult content and violence, it can easily be put in the YA genre. If you like Maze Runner, Divergent, or even Hunger Games, you'll want to read this one considering the similarities they all have. There are plenty of social issues, and personal issues for everyone to relate and connect to in some manner. The writing style took me a little while to get used to, as I found some sections of the book to be overly detailed. There were times too much information was thrown out at me, and it took a bit more to fully comprehend, than I normally enjoy. Meritoropolis definitely caught and hooked my attention from the beginning. The ending will have you hooked and looking for the sequel! I give this book 4/5.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
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) lives in this city called Meritropolis and whether you get to stay within the safety of it's walls entirely depends on your usefulness. So once you are crippled or considered vastly unattractive (for future breeding purposes) you're cast out of the gates and you presumably die. Pretty hard-core, right? The System is what decides if you stay or go and everyone has a number - the higher the better. This whole situation is just so cool to me and the way it's slowly revealed throughout the book really builds the anticipation for the MC's to find something truly incriminating of The System. It's so artfully crafted with each element bringing something useful to the table. More about each of the individual aspects in the next paragraphs. 2. The hybrids. I don't want to give any more than I already have so I'll just say that the pictures were so great. They illustrate the different hybrids and really help you get a picture in your mind of what they look like. 3. The System. I've also already mentioned this one so I'll just say this: while it isn't necessarily a new dystopian idea, Mr. Ohman did a fabulous job of implementing it into the story. It's fully explained and integrated, allowing you to see how it dominates the lives of everyone in Meritropolis. 4. The bigger villain. This part sort of reminded me of the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. The whole idea is that, while there is an immediate villain within the city of Meritropolis, there is a much larger villain lurking beyond the gates (not the hybrids). It's like how in Ignite Me, Juliette conquers Warner's father but there is still the whole system to take down (and before she defeated his father, she had to 'defeat' him). I really like that idea and it advances the theme that the greater evil isn't always what's looking us in the face and you never really know true evil because things can always get worse. 5. The characters. I really liked all of the main characters. They all had such different personalities that came through. One thing, though: the romance seemed slightly strange and I think the book really could have done without it. 6. The different POV's. I can't even tell you how much the different POV's added to the story. They flowed perfectly into each other while still remaining distinct voices of the different characters. Integrating multiple POV's allowed for a much more comprehensive look at the story. The Final Verdict: Very well-written book with comprehensive POV's, fully integrated concepts, and a larger villain. Overall, I'm very excited for the next book! 5 stars Quotes: "It was a strategy as old as war itself: burn the bridges, burn the barns, burn the crops - leave nothing for the other side."
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story.Full of action, adventure, scary weird creatures,.......I loved it. Not what I was expecting at all. The pace carries nicely through the whole book. Virtually no dull moments to speak of.
Protozoan More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I LOVED this book! This dystopian story brings you on a thrilling journey! There are many events that kept me wanting to read more and more. I'm really excited for the next installment in the series. Mr. Ohman portrays each individual character fantastically. All the characters have anguish in their souls and I felt that I could really empathize with each character's story.There are a lot of interesting animals in this story that Mr. Ohman does a great job at describing. I haven't read a story with so many imaginary animals since Harry Potter and it was nice part of the plot. The plot was very creative; the events that unfold were interesting and will keep you wondering what exactly is going to happen next?!? Once I started on this book I could not put it down for very long. It gripped me until the end. What I didn't like about the story/book: nothing :-) I would like to thank Mr. Ohman for sharing his work with me, it was my pleasure.
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
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 ceremony… and left to fend for yourself against the aggressive crossbreed genetically mutated animals that roam free outside the walls of the city. There's definitely a "Hunger Games" type of feel to this book - not in a rip-off sort of way; this book is unique unto itself - but as a YA dystopian novel with smart, strong teenage characters trying to change what they know to be wrong with the damaged world they live in. One thing I particularly appreciated about this book is that the characters aren't "all good" or "all bad." The leader of the bad guys, Commander Orson, isn't pure evil. Many times the antagonist of a story is purely evil with no redeeming characteristics, but Commander Orson has some good qualities (albeit not many of them). He's in charge of all of Meritropolis, but he has his limits as to how far he'll use his power to get what he wants. And as the story progresses and the reader learns some of the motivations behind his choices and actions, you almost feel something like sympathy for him. Likewise, the protagonist, Charley, is a "hero" – but he's a flawed hero with his own dark side. As a fan of George Orwell, I also liked the small nod to Animal Farm: Charley thinks of himself as Commander Orson's "prize-winning bull," and then thinks to himself that "under the System's human farm all were equal, but some were just more equal than others." The ambiguous ending definitely leaves itself wide open for a sequel, which I'm very much looking forward to reading! I received a copy of this book for review purposes; all opinions are my own.
gordonpatrrick More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn to the book because it said The Hunger Games meets the Village. I thought hmmm I liked the movies and the books so why not. In the first few pages of the book we meet Charley who lost his brother Alec due to a low score. We then learn about the system and how those of Value or scores above 50 are allowed to live in the confines of the city. Those with scores below 50 have no value to society so the are pushed out into the wilderness. It is at the gates ceremony of a little girl that Charley finds his voice and decides to stand up to those that pushed his brother outside the gates to die years ago.  I found the book to be really good and enjoyable. I can not wait to read the next one. You 
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian literature and Joel does a great job with Meritropolis. It is an easy story to read in one evening – which is good because once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down. Clearly there will be a book two and I am anxiously waiting for it. If you like The Hunger Games Series, The Divergent Series etc… you will definitely love this book and any followup books also. It is so incredibly easy to get caught up in this story and forget your reality. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
A must read for Dystopian, Action, Drama, & Paranormal Fans!! There is so much to tell about this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian type tales filled with action, drama, & a paranormal twist. I'm also pleased to be able to share this book with my teen & pre-teen since there is no harsh language or adult scenes involved. Ohman WOWed me with this world he created. I believe this quote is pretty accurate :“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”. While those comparisons ring true Meritropolis is still very different from anything I've come across yet. The characters are unique & diverse, many pulling those heartstrings like a well trained harpist. I found myself eager to encounter the next new animal hybrids lurking in the shadows while begging the powers that be to protect Charley & his comrades as they continue on their journey. What would you do if everything you'd been taught your entire life was suddenly flipped upside down & tossed out the gate? The very "System" set up to ensure survival is not what everyone believed, & on the other side of that gate awaits a whole world of dangers & wonder. By the time I finished reading this story I knew I'd found another favorite to add to my ever growing list. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more by this author.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. Meritropolis is a Young Adult, Dystopian novel about a young boy who is lucky enough to have the highest but one score. This means that he is safe from being zeroed which basically means he is thrown outside the walls and gates of Meritropolous and left to the mercy of any number of animals and animal combinations that come out once the sun goes down. Charley's brother, Alec, wasn't so lucky to have a high score - because he had Down's Syndrome his score was under 50 so therefore he was zeroed. Charley remembers that day because he did nothing to stop it from happening. The fact that he was only 8 (or thereabouts) is insignificant to him. He has built up his reputation and strength in fights since that day so together with his high score means he is someone that the powers that be need to keep an eye on. This story was fast-paced and intriguing as Charley struggles to learn all he can in order to overthrow the high scores. One thing that was slightly strange is that characters are mentioned, and you feel that they are going to be significant, but then you never hear from them again - or you hear in passing that they were zeroed after all. Interesting with twists and turns and a completely open-ending. Recommended for fans of the Dystopian genre.
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to make of the cover of Meritopolis by Joel Ohman but it did spark my interest. (The cover makes complete sense once you read it.) The description the author wrote on Amazon didn't tell me enough about it to really make me want to read it, it sparked my interest but it didn't have me thinking that I had to have this book. Between that little spark of interest in his description and the cover that caught my eye I figured I would take a chance (and I am so glad I did).  I don't want to write any spoilers so I am not going to re-cap the whole story but Meritopolis is a place/city that had been like any city but 'the event' happened. A fence/wall was built around it and it faced a huge problem, there were too many people and not enough resources for them all so a "system" was put in place where "the needs of the many always outweighed the desires of the individuals." So in order for Meritopolis to survive and flourish everyone inside the gate was assigned numbers of their worth to the community every week. (This was agreed upon by all people living there at the time.) If your number is below a certain number then you are 'zeroed' which is a euphemism for being killed. They did not kill you outright but that person was put outside the gate and what is living outside the gate will kill you.  In several aspect the book it did remind me of 'The Hunger Games' with the lead character, Charley being a bit or a rebel (reminds me of Katniss) and wanting to bring the system down. Charley was just a child when this system was put in place so he didn't have a say in it but now at age 17 he sees how barbaric it is. He is a believable character most of the time and well developed. The other characters being at varying degrees of development and I wished a few more of these characters were as well developed as Charlie was.  The pace of the book was quick and there was something always going on. It might have been something physical or some other form but the pace was eventful from beginning to end with no slowing in between. Speaking of the ending, well, it left me wanting more. The format of the book was clean and clear. Each chapter was on mark and I really liked the little pictures (with name and definition) before each new chapter started. I didn't notice any typos or swearing.  The only true negative thing I have to say about the book is that the author didn't write a captivating description to draw readers in, I think he is describing his book too short.  This book is one of those you pick up and don't put down and anyone who enjoyed books such as Hunger Games or Divergent should enjoy this one. I recommend it for YA (male and females should enjoy it) and all those who are YA at heart.
Lennette More than 1 year ago
In addition to the abundant action and adventure found in the book Meritropolis, the root of the matter becomes so evident after reading it for a while. It boils down to those who have and those who have not.  In the case of this story survival is based on a numerical score assigned by the System based on looks, intelligence, and what you can do for society as a whole.  Even those with high scores are not safe if they become sick or injured.  Charley's score is high enough to make him a member of the above ground elite, but when he was eight, his older brother Alec was placed outside the gates of the city to die, a fate shared by those whose score dropped below 50.  Charley was too little to do anything then, but he is determined to do something now that he is above ground.  His attempt to save a little girl from being placed outside the gates brings him to the attention of the city’s commander who decides to train him in combat.  This training will serve him well in his efforts to overthrow the System. Charley believes in his heart that everyone has value and this System must go.  He meets others of a like mind and they band together in an effort to spare the unfortunate citizens who cannot fend for themselves.  Battles are fought and allies are made, some willingly and some out of necessity.  Join Charley and his comrades as they train outside the gates of the city.  They face the very thing that devours the low score people once they get pushed out of the city:  mutant animals such as scorpicons, tigons, and rotthogs.  When they return to the inside of the gates, they wait and watch for the opportunity to overthrow the human animals who enjoy life and breed those with high scores inside the city tower.  Prepare to be shocked as the truth behind the System unfolds.  Experience courage and compassion that jumps at you from the pages, and feel anger coupled with relief when the cream of society must have the help of the very people that they previously condemned.  Learn who really controls this city and the real reason this it still stands.  The only complaint I have about this book is the ending.  It is a cliffhanger of the best kind and I already signed up for notification when the next one becomes available!  There is so much that I want to know!  I recommend this adventure to everyone who believes in the underdog.  Believe me when I say that you will not be disappointed.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Meritropolis by Joel Ohman is really a have to read.  Once you open the book it will grab you and keep you on the edge of your seat until  the end.  It is really suspenseful and unpredictable with twists and turns.  Talk about a page turner. Those pages will turn and turn and  turn some more.  It is about a city where those who live there have their lives predetermined.  It is decided what they do, when they die  and other things.  Every person had a number.  The higher the number the better treated the person was.  The lower number well, let's  just say they may be considered expendable. The characters are well developed.  It is a really good book.  I gave it 5 stars but wish I  could give more.  I really enjoyed reading it.  I highly recommend it to all especially if you liked the Hunger Games I know you'll like this.  I look forward to more from Joel Ohman.
slvie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful teen/young adult dystopian story. The world building and characters are well developed. The story line is fast paced, suspenseful, full of twists and lots of action and totally plausible for the futuristic setting. There is a completely logical flow of plot and dialogue. What cost fight for justice/revenge? I received this free from the author for an honest review. OUTSTANDING!!! Highly recommend to any and all.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I originally did not have a date set to review this book.  I actually received it on Friday.  I just happened to have half of the day off and decided to just peruse the book.  I should know better.  I couldn’t put it down.  The author has created a world that is beautiful and terrifying at the same time.  Meritropolis was created after a major event wiped out most of the world.  To survive they created a society where they gave each inhabitant a score that told what you were worth to their society.  If your score dropped below 50 you were put outside the gates to survive. With all of the terrors that lived outside the gates people didn’t survive.  There were the most fascinating and deadly combination creatures that preyed on those outside the gate. You had gultures, which were a combination of  geckos and vultures, ramas were a combination of a ram and a puma and a manateel which was a manatee and an eel.  I honestly believe this last one came about because of where the author lives.    Charley is the main character. At age eight Charley and his ten year old Down’s Syndrome brother Alec were all that was left of their family.  They had lost their parents in the Event.  Charley saw his brother removed and he was placed outside the gate.  It was for this reason that Charley grew up determined to get rid of the system that killed his brother.  When he turns seventeen he is considered an adult and no longer has to live underground.  He has one of the highest scores and is noticed by those in charge.  The question is, if Charley is successful in overthrowing this system will he and the others be better off or will they have destroyed the only thing that has kept them alive all this time.   I asked for a physical copy because I believed it would be a book that I should have on my shelves.  I not only believe it, I am trying to figure out where to fit it in as a read aloud to my students.  Besides the violence this is a very clean read.  It opens the door for honest conversations about what is morally right for everyone.  I am hoping there is a sequel to this book and look forward to reading it if so.  This is an author I definitely need to keep an eye on
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
In Meritropolis, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the individual. For that reason, the people are given a number value based on their contribution to society. This number is reassessed weekly, and if it falls below 50, then that individual will be cast outside the walls surrounding Meritropolis. And that is somewhere you don’t want to be. No one survives the extra aggressive hybrid beasts that live in the forest. Every one is too scared to do anything to change this, except for 17-year-old Charlie.  His number is higher than everyone except for the commander. When he tries to save a weakly 7-year-old girl from being cast out, the commander takes notices. With this new scrutiny, Charlie will have to watch his back as he tries to find a way to change the system. I can see the future coming to this, with one all-powerful being, and the peoples complacent. I liked the characters created in this story. Charlie was very likable. The hybrid creatures were different. I never would have imaged the combinations that were created. There were more mentioned that never had interaction. I would have liked to have read a few fighting scenes with them. All in all, I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next in the series.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Charley has just achieved a score of 118, one of the highest in Meritropolis. That score will afford him a lot of perks, but seeing a little girl about to be zeroed brings back memories of his brother, Alec, who was also zeroed as a child, and sends him into a blind rage. He saves the little girl, for now, but at the expense of his best friend, who is chosen to be put outside the gates in her place. Charley vows then and there that he will fight the System, because he knows all life is valuable, regardless of what the System dictates. But should he fight the system from within or attack from the outside? And are they really the only people left after The Event, or is that just another lie perpetuated by the System? Set in the post-apocalyptic AE 12, author Joel Ohman explores what would happen if we were all assessed only by what we could contribute to society, and how we would make the decision that some are worth saving but others are just too much of a drain on society’s resources, such as the elderly, the sick children, the disabled, and even those of questionable genetic lineage. His main character has the advantage of being one of the higher intelligence, physical strength and character, but has watched the innocent suffer for too long. In a very thought-provoking manner, he explores how a society can go about exterminating the weak and undesirable, a sort of world-wide holocaust, and how one person can make a difference. I loved the blatant value of life and the defense of it, as well as the setting and larger story. Charley’s motivations are good, but he is still human and makes mistakes, and has to weigh whether starting a revolution - which will lead to more loss of innocent life - is worth it to change a flawed System. I think this is a solid basis for a series, and am looking forward to seeing more of Charley’s quest come to life.
TrinityJo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one and, quite frankly, didn't put it down with the exception of getting some much needed sleep (should know better by now not to start a new book at night)! This is a good ol' dystopian with some unusual creatures thrown in. I enjoyed the pacing and the characters. Would have liked more info on what "The Event" was all about, however this does seem to be a first book in a series (because, Mr. Ohman, you really can't leave it like you did ya know? MUST. HAVE. MORE.) so perhaps that will come in the future. I believe fans of dystopian books will enjoy this one and I, personally, eagerly anticipate the next! Which will be soon, I hope? I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite In Meritropolis by Joel Ohman, the protagonist is 17-year-old Charley.  Living in a society after the “Event” that changed the world, Charley is angry at a system that classifies every individual by a merit score imprinted on the forearm. Living in the fortified city of Meritropolis, the youngest citizens live underground until the age of 17. When we first meet Charley, he has just come up to the relative freedom of the outside world.  What happened during the Event is never fully explained, but it is clear that there have been huge changes in the world outside the gates of the city. Animal mutations abound – for example, bulls and lions have crossed to create Bions, tigers and lions to create Tigons, and rottweilers and hogs to create Rotthogs. It seems as though every animal has been crossed with another to create a new and deadly creature. The only safety for people is within the gates. Of course, everything is not as it seems. Any individual with a merit number under 50 is likely to be culled and put out of the gates to be devoured by creatures that roam the night. In fact, this is exactly what has made Charley such an angry young man – his beloved older brother, Alec, who had Downs syndrome was put out of the gates on Assessment Day during Charley’s time underground. Meritropolis by Joel Ohman is a book that had me fully engaged from the first page. The story is as old as the ages as a young person fights against the injustices of an evil system. The fact that the story is not new did NOT detract from my absolute enjoyment of the book. Well-written and fast-paced, the characters are well developed and multi-faceted. My only real complaint about the book was that it ended too soon! I eagerly await the second in what I hope will be a series of books.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
An Excellent Addition to the World of Dystopian Literature “Meritropolis”, by Joel Ohman, was a wonderful surprise when it comes to the sometimes predictable world of young-adult dystopian literature.  The action is non-stop, and while the story has great depth and backstory, it is presented in a way which is not bogged down and unnecessarily complicated.  It’s a very easy to understand premise. What I found to be the major selling point is that it is a very attractive story for advanced middle reader males, a market which is surprisingly sparse.  As the primary purchaser of books for a twelve-year-old male bookworm, it becomes frustrating to find a story that’s full of adventure, intelligent, and a bit light on the romance.  “Meritropolis” fits the bill perfectly, and I would like to thank Mr. Ohman personally for writing it. I wish 4 1/2 stars were possible, because the only reason I did not give it the full five is because the paragraphs were long, with lots of description.  While not necessarily a bad thing, it may be off-putting for more reluctant readers. I highly recommend “Meritropolis” for lovers of dystopian novels, both old and young alike. This review is based on a complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.