Review: Meritorium by Joel Ohman

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Author Joel Ohman


Review – Meritorium

It seems to be the year  of the dystopian novel, and Meritorium is one of the finest.  The characters follow on from the events in Meritropolis. The same characters are around to develop more, and to be honest, I’m very satisfied with it.  Charlie seems to try to lead people – and it’s not easy for him.  I think of all the elements though, that satisfied me the most.  I mean, it worked, but it wasn’t quite in the personality – but that imperfect feeling that he was uncomfortable, that subtle idea that it wasn’t what he wanted.  Well conveyed and enjoyable, though I did feel sorry for him several times while reading the book.  Sandy was also a nuanced character, who, along with Charlie races against killer plants and animal hybrids, close (Gladatorial) combat and more.

I really enjoyed this as a follow on from Meritropolis, and liked that there were actual consequences for the System being brought down.  It felt…right, without pushing too hard.  And there’s the overall question in the blurb – after seeing the world after ‘the Event’ and the ruler standing between Charlie and his answers, the question of what one person will do to get the answers they seek is a strong theme, ever present in the skillful followup to a masterful first book.

TL:DR summary – if you like the Hunger Games, Divergent and other books of that caliber, you’ll enjoy this book.  This is the second in the series though, so please do read Meritropolis first.

Four and a half stars.

About the Book

Under the System everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die.

Charley has escaped from Meritropolis…

but in his quest to take down the System that has taken his brother from him, he must go through Meritorium, a city where gladiatorial games of life or death combat are waged between High Scores and Low Scores, man and beast.

Charley and Sandy must face man-eating plants, religious zealots, slave traders, and the ever present mutant animal combinations that roam a dystopian Coliseum presided over by Emperor Titus, the one man standing between Charley and the answers he seeks. Man is not an animal, but if they are to make it through Meritorium, will they even be able to tell the difference?

The lines between man and beast, friend and foe, will blur in Meritorium, the riveting sequel to the best selling Meritropolis.

About the Author

Joel Ohman is the author of Meritropolis–“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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