The Walled City by Ryan Graudin | Mini Review


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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: November 4th, 2014

Pages: 424

Publisher: Little, Brown

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out. 

M I N I    R E V I E W

The Walled City was a book that was faced paced and full of action. I find that is how most of the author’s books go. They go quickly and you’re left wondering if you really did just read that book. I got The Walled City for Christmas last year from a really close friend of mine. We both exchanged books and I have slowly been making my way through the ones I was gifted. This one, in particular, I was excited for since I adored the authors Wolf by Wolf series.

This just ended up a bit meh for me. I wasn’t super into the book but I did read it in one sitting in under two hours while sitting by a pool. It was super fast and the chapters are even shorter so you feel like you’re reading a lot faster than you normally would, or at least I did. I found the story to have so much potential but the execution of it to fall flat on me, unfortunately.

The Walled City is told in three perspectives, just as it is promised in the blurb. Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee. They’re all in this city for their own reasons, all with a goal. It was pretty heartbreaking reading each reason why they were in the city. However, I found Mei Yee’s to be the most tragic. She had been sold by her father to fund his alcohol addiction. Leaving her to take up residence in a brothel. I was pretty taken aback by how graphic some of her scenes were, which I presume was the point since the book is loosely based on an actual city that existed.

Each character had such a goal I feel their personalities got a little lost behind it. At some points, I confused characters as well, though that could have been the heat and not the actual writing. I just found that with the chapters being so short you barely got the POV of a character when it was ripped out from underneath your feet and you were moving on to one of the other protagonists. If that makes sense?

Overall, The Walled City isn’t a bad book. It just didn’t absorb me and keep me wanting to read. I was a tad disappointed, obviously, but that is simply because I put expectations on myself. However, at the end of the day, it isn’t a good book and it isn’t a bad book. The Walled City is just average, despite the exciting premise and diverse cast.

Happy reading everyone!

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