Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

At the SCWW Conference, I was lucky enough to attain a stack of signed ARCs. It made my soul extremely happy. I loved the first of these so much, I might have made a fan video. Pardon my overenthusiasm — I’ll certainly take it down if it offends. But who could resist?

I gobbled the vast majority of this book in an evening. The pages of this book turn themselves. I have never read a thriller—because a book this compelling is certainly thrilling—that gets away with so much poetry.

“ . . . their cigarettes glow like monsters’ eyes in the dark.”

“ . . . the blood that’s not mine washes away, swirling like phoenix fire to the bottom of the bowl.”

“But the bruises kept blooming—yellow, green, bright pink, purple, blue—a garden of marks . . .”

“Koi swim to the edge of their small world and back again: fire white and liquid amber, scales shimmering.”

And here’s the kicker: The book stands for a cause! Human trafficking, no less. Modern slavery.

Support this! Read this! Seriously, it’s my dream to write something like this.

Footnote: The cover makes it look like horror. I find that a little deceptive. 

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