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The Walled City

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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
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published November 4th 2014)
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
This was super cool, very dark and gritty. I was surprised by the brutality of it for YA but I think it was well done. Definitely an intense story.
Lola
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating, original, shocking, impressive and just…

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I can’t believe the Walled City is actually a place that used to exist in Hong Kong. A place where lived mostly criminals, fugitives, prostitutes, gangsters, homeless kids. This is not usually the kind of story I would enjoy reading and that because it is not an ‘easy’ read. Not the kind of story that would bring a smile upon your face, let’s say. But that did not bother me, since stepping out of our comfort zone can be good from time to time.
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Emily May
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, arc, 2014
DNF at 50% - I just can't do it.

It's true that I don't often give more than one star to books I couldn't finish, but I can't argue with the fact that there's a lot to praise here. If I wasn't so sold on the concept, I would not have pushed myself past so many unbearably slow, purple passages.

The Walled City is perhaps mistakenly labelled as "dystopian" when in fact it is based on a once very real place - Kowloon Walled City, an ungoverned settlement in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. The society will se
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Regan
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

really great!
Giselle
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
"There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife."

I admit, this is all I read of the blurb before I dived into this book in line at BEA, so what I expected was some kind of dystopian. And in a way, it is a dystopian-like setting inside the city itself, but this book is not a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story at all. It's a contemporary thriller. Outside the Walled City, the world is just like ours today, with modern civilization and normal people livin
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Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
“Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife."

It seems crazy to me that this book has so many bad reviews, I really enjoyed it and finished it in no time. When I started reading this book I hadn’t seen the reviews, it was an impulsive read, I started reading couldn’t stop and here we are. The whole book adds up to this small story that I could sum up in no time, but the book didn’t feel dragged out and the description let me understand each of the characters in a much better way.

The story
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Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Mild spoilers.

Great premise with a fascinating setting that feels dystopian, but is actually based on a former real walled city in Hong Kong. But the writing is uneven and occasionally tries too hard to be descriptive without being convincing (there are hands moving like hummingbirds and people darting like dragonflies, for example), and the plot and characters and relationships could have used a great deal more complexity and emotion. I was interested in what would happen to everyone
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emma
1.35/5 (The .35 is out of pity for how I didn’t finish this.)


A day and a half ago, I was telling you all I didn’t want to DNF it. Now, I’m DNFing it.


If you’re familiar with my (work in progress) 2016 favorites shelf, you’re aware that a lovely little number called Wolf by Wolf is featured in it. That book is so great. (If you’re not familiar: 1. It’s YA and a hypothetical historical fiction, exploring a different scenario in which the Axis powers won World War II and also centering on a badass g
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Shannon (leaninglights)
4.5 stars!

I loved this book! It was dark and gritty and adrenaline pumping. It gave me just enough and never too much. Well written and a super unique plot and setting. I definitely recommend!
Maria Angelica
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tenho, fav2016, lido-2016
4.5

A primeira coisa que eu gostaria de deixar bem claro é que este livro não é uma distopia, como circula por aí. É quase uma ficção histórica, pois essa cidade existiu de verdade. Só não é, porque a autora substituiu os nomes dos locais para fazê-los fictícios. De qualquer forma é baseado em um lugar que existiu até 1994 em Hong Kong e era, assim como a do livro, uma cidade controlada por gangues e tráfico de drogas e humanos.

Bem, agora ao que achei do livro.

A estória do livro em si é bastante
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Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
3.5 stars

This was my first ever Ryan Graudin book, and the first thing I discovered was that Ryan wasn't a dude. Chrm, perhaps I should have visited her author's page on GR und looked at the back of the book, but well, my ignorance made for an interesting start with this book ;)

The Walled City was inspired by Hong Kong's historical Kowloon Walled City, and its general atmosphere was therefore inherently dark. Very dark. Which made this dystopian tough to rate because, though I enjoyed the gloom
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Ylenia
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
*2.5 stars*

This one was underwhelming as fuck.

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I usually try not to have any type of expectation for anything ever but it was hard with this one - especially because I felt bad for the author. She tried to make everything sound epic and dramatic but it didn't work.

When I got this book I didn't know it was based on a real city. I'm talking about this one:
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One photo and I already can feel the dirt. The author failed to remind the reader how fucking crammed this city was, how ungoverned and filthy
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Dana

I finally finished this damn book! I'm so proud of myself! *goes to get cupcake*. This book took me ages to finish and I put it down multiple times. The setting of the book is fascinating and based off of a real place which is really cool, but the pace was so slow it.felt.like.I.was.reading.the.book.like.this.

Jin was a really cool character, she was super bad ass and it was heartbreaking to see just how much she was willing to sacrifice for the people she cared about. Mei Yee was an okay charac
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Vivianne
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 4-stars
I’ve seen this book come by a few times on Goodreads and I was totally in love with the concept. The blurb sounded like a cool action filled plot, so I was looking forward to reading this for a while now. It did live up to my expectations but I have to say the conclusion and romance in this book was a little too perfect and sweet for this book. Due to this it felt sometimes a bit like a children’s novel, which disturbed me because there was also much violence and blood. And this made the plot pr ...more
Ashley Daviau
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading a ton of bad reviews, I was bracing myself for this to be absolutely horrid. I was quite pleasantly surprised and ended up absolutely loving this book! It's quite dark and violent and that's exactly why I loved it! The story totally grabbed my attention right from the start, it reminded me of Six of Crows in some ways and that very much added to my enjoyment of this story. I loved seeing the story from the different points of view, it really added depth to the story. I really can't ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Wow. Beautiful. One of the most well-written, gorgeously done stories I've read in a long, long time. It gave me chills that reminded me of when I first saw Moulin Rouge. Touching story based on a real place, and I think it will really open up lots of eyes to the human trafficking in today's modern world.


So, SO good.

Gorgeous. Ryan Graudin is now one of my favorite authors.

I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Maxwell
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, i-own-it, kindle, ya, 2014
Where do I begin?! Well first of all: I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions expressed in the following review.

But seriously, I had NO clue what to expect when going into this book. I had heard things going around about how it was supposed to be a good upcoming release and that it was available on NetGalley, etc. I am so, so glad that I did. Seriously.

First of all, this is a standalone! Which makes me incredibly happy, be
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Caitlin
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 4-stars
This book was great. I had almost no expectations for it but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. The subject matter is definitely a mood read but it was exactly what I needed.
Kaila
3.5/5 stars

"There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife."


This was a thrilling, exhilarating book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I am in love with this author's ability to get me hooked into the story and tease the suspense throughout the novel. It was such a captivating premise full of promises of a dark and gritty story from the underworld. To some extent this book fulfilled what I was expecting and beyond, but I was still left a little dis
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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
4.5 stars!!!

this book was SO DAMN GOOD. if you like gritty historical fiction which covers a part of history that you probably have never heard of...maybe. well i had never heard of it prior to this book and the walled city is FASCINATING. i want moooooore about this place and the countless endless stories that took place in such a crazy place.
Tally
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

This book definitely surpassed my expectations. I don't even know how to label it, it's so unique.

The writing was beautiful. I didn't find it overwhelming at all, like some others have mentioned. Imagery can be a wonderful thing, my friends. Yes, it can be easily overused, but I thought it was applied perfectly here. The story read smoothly, and I didn't feel like I had to stop to figure out what the author was trying to describe.

The plot was intriguing and exciting. I hated having to put t
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Lauren Stoolfire
Dai is a drug trafficker for a kingpin of the Walled City and in order to get out he needs someone who knows how to be invisible. That's where Jin comes in, she has to pass as a boy to stay safe and has been looking for her sister in the chaos of the city for two years without much luck. Now she only has eighteen days left to find her and escape before the city is destroyed.

Initially, the concept behind this story is what piqued my interest and thankfully the execution of the story itself is pr
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Elizabeth
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, I give this book three “mehs” with a special shout out to dat cat, “Chima, you my dog…or I guess, cat. You know what I mean.”

The character development between the sisters was wonderful and refreshing. The character of Dai…not so much. He comes off as a mix of Bruce Wayne and the Affluenza teen. “My life is so hard because my addiction to coke and Phish concerts got my bro killed. You don’t know the pain and anguish I’ve felt!”

The plot. I felt the book started out really strong. It was
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I thought I was going to love this book. So, I partly put this two star review down to ridiculously high expectations. What I found most frustrating about The Walled City was the pacing - it's nowhere near as pacy as Wolf by Wolf - and at times I found I had to force myself to keep going. Also, because it's a three character POV story NOTHING is a surprise. Jin's looking for her sister = Mei Yee has lost her sister and is in a brothel. There's a boy at Mei Yee's window = Dai's POV tells us he's ...more
Elena
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Such a fascinating read !
Carly
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Summary:
Jin has been searching for her sister Mei Yee since the moment her father sold her to the Walled City. Dressed as a boy to hide among the city vagrants, Jin steals to survive while searching for her sister. Dangerous as it is, she can't help but itch for the Survivor to take over--the part of her that loves the challenge and the chase.
Dai has a plan to free himself and atone for his dark past--this involves finding a runner to help him get him close to the Walled City's greatest Drug Lor
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Alyssa
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC from a friend

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 inv
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Arielle Walker
It’s easy to forget that “YA dystopian fiction” isn’t merely a paint-by-numbers genre, needing a futuristic, wholly invented world with a feisty heroine with special skills to take down the nasty government. Unfortunately this seems to be the case with many of the recent YA offerings, so you can imagine how refreshing it is to come across a book that actually has a new take on a dystopian world. The Walled City has just that – and the best part? It’s based almost entirely on historical fact.

Grau
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Caroline
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
MEH I wasn't really a fan of this book which is a shame considering how much I loved Wolf by Wolf by the same author. The main disappointing thing was the characters. There are three main characters whose perspectives we get and the annoying thing was that I couldn't tell them apart. All their chapters kind of blurred together because they didn't stand apart individually. There were a few times where I had to flick back to the start of the chapter and double check who I was reading about. I didn ...more
Skip
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This YA book takes place within the walls of what had been Kowloon City in Hong Kong, no longer in existence. The novel effectively contrasts the haves/have nots and what happens inevitably in the slums. The book is narrated from three POVs: a privileged boy, who has a mission, a young girl masquerading as a boy to survive, and her sister, who has been sold into prostitution. While the story is predictable and the bonds that develop between the three too quickly to be believable, the characters ...more
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Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina, with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy writing and spending time with her husband and wolf dog. She is the author of Invictus, the Wolf By Wolf duology, The Walled City, and the All That Glows Series.
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