The Walled City
Not the work of a hack, man
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432 pages | Paperback Author: Ryan Graudin Publisher: Indigo In the walled- in, lawless slum of Hak Nam, three lives intertwine: those of Dai, a rich boy forced to hide after his teenaged rebelliousness went horribly wrong; Jin Ling, a country girl looking for her sister; and Mei Yee, held captive in a high- class brothel with no idea that Jin Ling is searching for her.
The Walled City is a beautifully written YA story of three people’s struggle to leave Hak Nam behind, and while it’s heavy on violence it never becomes too much – it’s more focussed on knives and injuries than gory, fatal gunfights, plus there’s virtually no depicted sexual content. Hak Nam is a fictional place, but that’s as close as the story comes to science fiction; if you’re looking for high- tech trimmings, there aren’t any. Nonetheless, it’s a great read.
Kowloon Walled City, which Hak Nam was based on, features as a virtual reality setting in William Gibson’s Bridge trilogy.