In this post-apocalyptic novel “the event” happened about 12 years ago. That event left Meritropolis as the only civilization left surrounded by forest and savage beasts that have been changed the event.
Charley, the protagonist has just been promoted to aboveground from belowground and is learning how the system works. The system involves weekly evaluations of a person’s worth to the community and when the population in the community rise over 50,000, a gate ceremony is held and anyone with a score of less than 50 is ejected from the city. Charley’s younger brother had a gate ceremony when Charley was much younger and within days of Charley arriving aboveground, he sees a young girl about to be given a gate ceremony.
I liked Charley because he was a man of strong beliefs and was not afraid to act on them. He was rather rash and didn’t always think through what he was going to do before he did it, but that was his inexperience showing. Through the novel he seemed to get better at making decisions.
Meritropolis was fun and creative with the different creatures that were found outside the city. In a way these creatures were probably more realistic as creatures because they were combinations of other animals that exist in nature. On the other hand, they were less realistic because that is likely not how animals would have been affected by nuclear war.
There were a lot of twists and turns in Meritropolis and it was evident that the people of the city were being lied to. What was not evident was the true purpose of the lies and where it was going to lead.
The crossing of the two premises of “Sacrificing one for the good of the many” versus “Everyone has equal value” was a very thought-provoking idea behind Meritropolis. The system on which the city had been run focused on the former with total disregard for the latter sacrificing the ill, weak and elderly. This affected the way the residents treated each other and often how they thought of themselves.
Meritropolis was extremely engaging right from the first sentence to the last. There was lots of suspense and the pace was rapid. Meritropolis is the first book in a series.
I thought this post-apocalyptic dystopian novel was very much worth reading. I gave it 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
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