The Walled City

Ryan Graudin

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Orion Children's Books


DIVERGENT meets MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in this dark YA thriller set within the walls of a lawless slum city, where Jin Ling searches for her lost sister and Dai struggles to complete an impossible mission.

There are three rules of survival 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.

Dai traffics drugs for the most ruthless man in the Walled City. To find freedom, he needs help from someone who can be invisible...

Jin Ling hides under the radar, evading the street gangs as she searches for her lost sister.

Mei Yee survives trapped in a brothel, dreaming of escape while watching the girls who try fail and die.

Damaged and betrayed, can these three find the faith to join forces and escape the stifling city walls?

With a fantasy setting inspired by Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong, Ryan's novel has a rich authenticity and an intense atmosphere, and its pace will enthral the reader from the very first page.

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Inspired by Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City, this is a dark and grim read, but it is never sensational and is totally compelling. Graudin's gift for description brings Hak Nam vividly to life, and while she doesn't pull any punches in taking her readers to the depths of hell, some of her writing is movingly lyrical

South China Morning Post

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally a novel comes along which transforms bedtime reading into something so exciting that the last thing it does is send you to sleep. Ryan Graudin's fast-paced The Walled City sets the reader's pulse racing from the "Run, run, run" in the opening chapter and doesn't slow down for even one page


Accomplished, intriguing ... rich, compelling ... very original

School Librarian

Beautifully written ... a great read

SFX Magazine