I had heard Maressa Mortimer speaking in a writers’ group meeting on Zoom about the imaginary world she has created in Walled City. It sounded interesting and she is very enthusiastic about what she writes, so I bought a copy. Walled City is about a young man aged 21 on a seemingly impossible mission, so it is suitable for readers of Young Adult fiction and for older people too.
The story is exciting with lots of conflict. Gax has had a different education from everyone else in Elabi, the walled city. He has a lot to learn (although he’d like to influence other people) and is in constant danger! I finished reading this book the day after I received it as it is a gripping story.
The imaginary world is scary, but self-consistent. I found that I was interested in the characters and care enough about them to want to read the next book in the series, once it becomes available.
Maressa Mortimer, who is Dutch, is writing in her second language. At the end she very sweetly apologises for any errors in the writing.
Walled City: Book 1 in the Elabi Chronicles is available from the author’s website, Vicarious Living. I am looking forward to the sequel.