Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Book Review: The Walled City
AUTHOR: Ryan Graudin
PUBLISHED: November 4rth, 2014
GENRE: Eh...hard to say.
PREMISE: Three people live in a city of prisoners and try their best to survive.
MY REVIEW: This book will probably not be to everyone's taste. Which probably accounts for the mixed reviews it's gotten on Goodreads. It's violent and doesn't shy away from that fact. The characters aren't exactly your do-good likable protagonists turned anti-heroes either. In short: this book is dark. If that is not your thing, this probably won't appeal to you.
For those wondering why I say hard to say when it comes to the genre. Well, it's complicated. It feels like a dystopian. But the Walled City was an actual place in China and this story takes place there. So it could also be historical fiction. But there's some modernization in it as well. So...I don't know. You could say it's one of those books that defies genre.
Personally, I really liked this one. It may not be the most buzzed about book of the year (that one seems to be We Were Liars in the YA scene, I'm getting to it, I swear), but it definitely is memorable.
WHO SHOULD READ: Those who like dark books, Game of Thrones fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five places you don't want to live at
Many thanks to the publishers for the Net Galley of this book.