Thursday, November 12, 2015

Meritropolis Blog Tour and Giveaway with Joel Ohman

Meritorium (Meritropolis Book 2)

By Joel Ohman
Publisher: Joel Ohman
Published: Sept. 27, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

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 bestselling Meritropolis.

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My Thoughts:

Meritorium is a non-stop, full-speed ahead, fast-paced action thriller that continues on from where Meritropolis left off. Charley, Sandy, Grigor, Hank, and Orson leave Meritropolis in a quest to take down the System. They end up in Meritorium, “a city where gladiatorial games of life or death combat are waged between High Scores and Low Scores, man, and beast.”

Charley continues to struggle with his violent anger and thirst for revenge for his brother Alec’s zeroing. As he watches the audience’s thirst for blood to be spilled, he begins to wonder if man is just as much an animal as the animals. But Grigor reminds him that man has the capacity to extend and receive grace, something that only comes from God. As we watch Charley throughout the book, we see him working out this concept in his mind until it begins to take root in his heart.

I really enjoyed the author’s creativity in the animal combinations in this book. There were small black and white illustrations of many of these creatures to help visualize what they might have looked like. I found that to be helpful.

I did find that there was a lot of violence in this book, but given the theme of man against beast in a fight to the death, that was pretty much expected.

I liked the theme of grace and the recognition that it is often both hard to give as well as receive.

There were a lot of twists and turns in the story, one of which leads to a surprising ending in one way, and yet also not so surprising in another. After all, man pretty much considers himself god.

Meritorium ends on a note that indicates there will be a third book to come. I am looking forward to that third installment. I thoroughly enjoyed this very engaging second book in the series. I gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers 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.

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.

Author Links
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About the Prizes
Don’t forget to check out the rafflecopter for this tour here! The tour prize is a $75.00 gift card to Amazon! Think of all the books you can buy with that! Click on the link below.

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