The Walled City

Not the work of a hack, man

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books - Miriam McDon­ald

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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.

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