I flew through this book in about four days, which was about 100 pages a day and oh my goodness. The story is set over 18 days, with a countdown as chapter titles, it was very dramatic! And has three characters, each in a very different situation within The Walled City. Jin Ling, who just wants to find her sister. Dai, who has a mysterious past and a plan to get out. And Mei Yee, who has been sold into prostitution and just wants to stay alive. The Walled City actually existed too, you can read about it here.
A issue I've seen a few people have with this book is the frequent use of metaphors, but I picked this up right after reading 150 pages of The Handmaid's Tale and in comparison, this book does metaphors much more smoothly. It feels polished and doesn't jar the reading. In fact, this is one of the first books in a while where it felt more like I was watching the story, rather than reading it.
Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.