Monday, 29 December 2014

Review - The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Title: The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Pages: 432
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: 4th Novemeber 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.

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 run 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.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

For those living in the Walled City there are three rules - run fast, trust no one and always carry your knife.
The Walled City is run by thugs and drug lords, and children struggle to survive by selling their bodies or being drug mules. Three of the teens are Jin Ling, a girl disguising herself as a boy to avoid the brothels while she searches for her sister, Mei Yee, Jin's sister who is a prostitute, and Dai who is running out of time to clear his name.

Firstly, I just want to say that I LOVE the cover.
The Walled City was an intriguing book and it's worrying that there was once a city like it.
It was interesting to have the story told from the point of view of three characters. While they were all likeable and had their own unique stories, I didn't feel that I connected that well with any of them. Out of the three Jin Ling was my favourite as I admired her determination.
The writing style was easy to read and follow. The plot was alright but didn't grip me.
I wasn't a fan of the insta-love but it wasn't too overdone.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.