The Walled City by Ryan GraudinThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City

byRyan Graudin

Paperback | September 8, 2015

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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.

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.
Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is also the author of the All That Glows series andThe Walled City.
Title:The Walled CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031640506X

ISBN - 13:9780316405065


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me; Disappointing I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It had such an interesting tagline - "Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife." - but... The execution just wasn't there. I started it, and then for the longest time I didn't touch it at all because I had zero interest whatsoever in reading it. I ended up finishing it, but only after forcing myself to pick it up again and drag myself through it. The characters could have been so much more interesting but instead, they fell rather flat. I didn't connect with any of them on any level, and the plot itself felt bland and disappointing. I wanted to love it, after having read and loved two of Graudin's other books in the past, but this one just didn't do anything for me.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting The plot was very interesting and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright The plot was good and it definitely kept me reading. It was pretty fun and interesting to read from the perspectives of all 3 characters. However, as much as I want to love this book, I can't... Ryan tries hard to describe the horrible state of the Walled City and for the most part, she's able to illustrate it... only with the use of the most awkward sentences and metaphors. TOO many metaphors were used and some were so cringe-worthy that I wanted to stop reading. (ie. "My emotions are like pounds of overcooked rice noodles") So overall.. interesting concept, good direction/plot but failed in execution
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique A unique and interesting plot that kept me curious about what would happen next, though I will say the pacing is a bit slow and it takes a while for the story to pick up.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I dont know how I feel about this, it was good but not great! Depends on who I recommend it to.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great, but passable The Walled City had a fantastic premise. I love the tagline for it "There are three rules to the Walled City. Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run." Told from three different perspectives it follows a a girl, Jin, disguising herself as a boy in order to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, the lost sister that was sold to a brother by her own father, and Jin, the boy who found himself in the walled city, a filthy, dirty, and dangerous world unaccustomed to. I really liked how different each character was even though I am not the biggest fan of multiple POVs. I have to admit though… the book slightly bored me. There wasn't enough action and character depth for me to invest in either one. I know all three have it tough for them, but I felt that an emotional connection between the reader and the characters was lacking, at least for me. I do love how Graudin created this chinese inspired dystopian world. I'm all for diverse cultural characters and settings. I wish we got to know more people outside of these three. It seemed somewhat ridiculous how only three characters set up the whole book with little to no exposure to other characters. I personally can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped, but it comes down to me not being invested in the story as well as reading it for long periods of time. I love the gender bender theme in The Walled City, with Jin disguising herself as a guy, but I wish Graudin played more with the idea, used it to better the book. It just seemed as a convenient placement in the book to allow Jin to search for her sister, I wish it had more of a purpose. As for the romance.. I did not like it. It does involve Dai but which of the sisters? I can't say without spooling. All I can say is that I disliked the direction Graudin did and hoped with all my heart, while halfway through the book, it wouldn't go that way but alas.. it did. The action scenes though, when they appeared, were fantastic, especially Jin and her quick thinking and smart execution. I really did like Jin and wished she led the show. I would look forward to her chapters as opposed to Mei Yee… who I somehow didn't really like or care for. One thing to note is that Graudin painted a harsh world, but it was very realistic. I dislike how sometimes YA books gloss horrific events and situations in our world and I appreciated Graudin for not shying away from giving us as realistic of a picture as possible. I did end up liking The Walled City, I just wish I liked it more. My emotional disconnection with the characters was the main reason why I didn't enjoy it. So if you think you could connect with these characters, then I suggest you pick up The Walled City.
Date published: 2014-12-08

Editorial Reviews

"The Walled City is dark and grim and intensely compelling. It is a book you cannot easily forget, a book you will want to read again and again."-Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy