Originally published in Dutch as Muurvast by Dutch Venture Publishing

Launching in 2025

After being caught stealing medicine for her little brother, sixteen-year-old Sin must navigate a dangerous youth detention center—all while planning her escape.

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Ruby Coene

Ruby Coene has her own practice in Utrecht, where she works as a child and adolescent therapist. In addition to her work, she loves reading, traveling, and writing fiction. Her debut Sahana is a gritty YA dystopian novel about finding hope in the darkest of times, and her sophomore YA novel Wallbound was favorably received by bloggers and librarians in the Netherlands under its original Dutch title Muurvast. She also writes contemporary fantasy books for children.

She steals to keep him alive. Just like she always has. But this time, everything goes wrong…

Caught stealing medicine for her little brother, sixteen-year-old Sin finds herself trapped in the Hangar, a brutal reflection zone for obstinate youth. What the President calls an opportunity for redemption is nothing like its promotional videos. Inside, there are no rules—only a ruthless hierarchy led by long-term inmates.

While her brother fights for his life outside, Sin struggles to navigate the dangerous social landscape within the walls. Everything changes with the arrival of Frankie, a new girl who defies the President’s system and ignores the long-term inmates’ rules. Outspoken and defiant, she ignites a spark within Sin.

As tensions between rival factions escalate, each day brings greater dangers and worries. Sin must decide who to trust and how far she’ll go to protect her brother. With Frankie’s help, she devises a daring plan to break free from the Box.

Wallbound by Ruby Coene, originally published in Dutch as Muurvast, is a gritty dystopian novel that explores human resilience and the fight for freedom in an unjust world.


Lost Island Press



Publication Date

Launching in 2025


Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover

Cover Designer

Stefanie Saw (Seventhstar Art)


Mel Torrefranca

Recommended for Ages 13+

Wallbound contains some mature themes, violence, and/or language.

No content warnings available.