#Giveaway Blog Tour The Walled City by Ryan Graudin ~ Review by Fallon
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About the Book
Title: THE WALLED CITY
Author: Ryan Graudin
Pub. Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
5 Out of 5 Stars
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.
The Walled City had three rotating POV's first we have Dai who is a rich kid who is stuck in The Walled City for the mistakes made in his past. He would give anything to be outside of those walls. He has to find a runner to help him bring down the city to earn his freedom. Dai came off determined and closed off , yet a charmer at other times. His past of being on the wrong side of the tracks and not listening when it might have changed his entire world. Has made him all the more determined in stopping the people praying on the weak inside the city.
Jin was my favorite character. She is a girl hiding inside The Walled City as a boy. Girls come off weak and are easy prey. Jin was devastated the day her sister was sold to The Walled City. Determined to find her and rescue her Jin has lived on the streets of the city for 2 years. She soon meets Dai who wants to recruit this fast on her toes thief. Jin hopes he will be the answer to finding her sister.
Mei Yee was taken and now lives in the brothel her parents sold her to. With her beauty she becomes exclusive to the very powerful ambassador who is determined to win her heart and keep her his. Mei Yee has been trapped for 2 years inside the city never seeing the outside. Sometimes she thinks that at least her situation is not as bad as the other girls and at least the ambassador is kind. Mei Yee soon learns how men can be when their dolls actually learn to have a voice.
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin took a real place with a very real and scary background and weaved it into a piece of fiction that is emotionally thought provoking. I loved the dynamics and world building that this story brought. The fact that we got Jin's story and heartbreak for a sister who was taken from her and sold. Mei Yee a girl who thought that the value of a dollar was worth more then the love of her family. Dai a boy who became lost in the grief and regret of his past finds something in Mei Yee and Jin and most of all himself worth living for. This book while reading it reminded me of the emotional depth of Memoirs of a Geisha. I will say with the subject matter that this book might be for an older teen. I loved this book and cried up till the end. I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars and this is a must read.
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at www.ryangraudin.com.
Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
(1) Grand prize pack: It includes: A finished copy of THE WALLED CITY, rice candy, a miniature lucky cat, a traditional Chinese paper cutout of a dragon, and a pamphlet from the real Walled City Park! US ONLY
(9) winners will receive: A finished copy of THE WALLED CITY. US ONLY.