I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 4th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Survival, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
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.
Having DNF’d this, I knew I had to keep pushing through even if at first it didn’t grab my attention. I started it at the end of October and just finished it at the end of December. Putting a book down and reading others actually helps, I recommend doing that.
The premise of The Walled City is real. There was an actual walled city where people lived and died. But Ryan’s version is fictional. She wanted to write about the vagrants, the street kids, the prostitutes and drug criminals. I loved the idea of having three different point of views from various walks of life. There’s Jin Ling who is on the streets living as a boy who is trying to find her sister Mei. Mei Yee was sold into the brothel house by her own father. And then there’s Dai who is harbouring a secret so big that it changed his life.
I thought it was interesting enough, but the beginning was truly boring. I had to stop reading for awhile and pick up other books because I wasn’t into the slow start at all. I got about halfway through until it started to get better. The execution wasn’t as fast as I would have liked it to be because I need something to engage me in the first 100 hundred pages or to get bored. I also found the characters to have almost similar viewpoints and the daily life was too tedious for me. Having the focus on Jin would have flowed better because I didn’t care about Mei Yee at all. As soon as she saw Dai, it was all over. She couldn’t see anything else. Even her sister. I found it highly unlikely she wouldn’t be looking for her little sister.
Overall, a good story if it captures your attention at the get go! It took me about a couple of days to lose interest, and another two months to pick it back up, but I’m glad I did, I wanted to know if everything is okay at the end..Or if it didn’t.