The Walled City by Ryan Graudin | Review

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The Walled City by Ryan Graudin | ReviewThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 4, 2014
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

I had The Walled City by Ryan Graudin on my shelf for the longest time, yet I hadn’t ever read it. I decided to pick it up because my roommate suggested I read it based on the synopsis, and I definitely didn’t enjoy it.

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what i liked

  • The world. This was probably the only thing I liked about the story. The world that it took place in, the Walled City, was incredibly interesting. After some research, I’ve found that it was based off a real place, which makes it even more twisted. Graudin did an excellent job with his world-building, and I definitely applaud him for that. It’s made me want to read all of his other books. 

what i didn’t like

  • The multiple POVs. It was hard to keep up with all the characters. Even when I could remember who the characters were, some of them had more interesting stories than others, which really led to a bumpy read. I feel like I didn’t even like any of the characters that much.
  • I found the book to be paced pretty slowly. There were some scenes that were really action-packed, yet others that didn’t have much of anything at all. 
  • I felt like I had to force myself to read this book at times. Honestly, I wish that wasn’t true, but it was. I only finished it because I don’t like DNFing books. 
  •  There wasn’t much of a plot. I felt like there really wasn’t a lot going on most of the time, making it very dull. 

Though I didn’t enjoy this book, I still think it’s worth a read if you find the synopsis interesting. 

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