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 begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.
About the Author
Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is also the author of the All That Glows series and The Walled City.
"Readers, rapt, will duck for cover until the very last page."—Kirkus Reviews
"This dark and gritty thriller doesn't pull any punches, taking readers into a world of fear, danger, and deprivation."—School Library Journal
"[A] gripping and gritty thriller...Graudin deftly juggles the multiple perspectives to create a riveting, suspenseful tale of violence, danger, and survival."—The Horn Book
"In spite of the fact that the descriptions are often of horrific things, they are lyrically crafted, painting vivid snapshot images of what might lead people to make unimaginable choices...a sharp, compelling novel."—The Bulletin
"[Graudin] artfully balances tense action scenes with lyrical language, distinct voices for each narrator, and ruminations that probe the book's deeper themes of family, regret, and second chances."—Booklist
"Graudin is gifted at employing simile and other literary devices to describe the gritty surroundings and Hak Nam's criminal inhabitants...The result is three stories deftly entwined into a fast-paced, striking tale."—Publishers Weekly
"The Walled City grabbed me by the throat from page one. From the very first chapter to the last, my heart loved and feared for these characters. Brilliantly and beautifully written--a true triumph."—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series
"The Walled City is dark and grim and intensely compelling. It is a book you cannot easily forget, a book you will want to read again and again."—Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy