A gritty, fast-paced adventure awaits readers within the pages of The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, a story made all the more frightening when you learn it’s based on a real place.
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.
Inspired by China’s Kowloon Walled City, Graudin’s story takes place in a similarly walled-in city where crime runs rampant and the police have no jurisdiction. Following three teens seeking asylum from the crime-ridden city, The Walled City sets up a fast-paced race to freedom.
Graudin’s story has a lot of the grit and toughness you’d expect from a dystopian world — but The Walled City is far more frightening than any imagined future, because it’s based on something that has already happened. And it’s through Graudin’s characters that this seedy world comes to life.
Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee are all beautifully realized characters with their own challenges, hardships, and traumas — but they come together in an unlikely alliance with the shared goal of escaping the Walled City. Seeing them unite and overcome their struggles is what makes The Walled City such a beautiful, and ultimately uplifting story — despite so much heartache and loss.
The Walled City is in stores November 4th.