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Funereal by [Lee, Giacomo]
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Length: 230 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Soobin Shin is an aspiring young woman in a near-future version of Seoul. Ever since her college graduation, she has struggled to escape from her dead-end job in a doughnut chain. Her twin sister Hyewon is one of Korea’s most recognizable models, but Soobin just can’t seem to find her lucky break… until one evening, a creepy regular customer offers her a job in a company he has just started. OneLife Korea is going to save South Korea one funeral at a time: by burying the living in order to help them find some peace of mind in the country with the highest suicide rate in the developed world. Soobin has already lost her mother, and her relationship with her boyfriend is on the rocks. What else does she have to lose? Everything at OneLife Korea seems perfect until high-profile clients actually start dying. Soobin Shin is Korea’s beautiful new angel of death, and Funereal is a snapshot of a city in flux, taking a look at the dark side to surgery, survival, and stardom in one of Asia’s most dynamic capitals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4577 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Signal 8 Press (30 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VGQXXHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #611,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Read 17 April 2015
By Chris Tharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Funereal takes us on a bracing journey through the physical and psychological landscape of modern Seoul, entertaining us while never shying away from the big questions. The prose is taut and electric, buzzing like the hi-tech world that its characters inhabit. Funereal is both a thriller and a meditation on life in the 21st century, illuminating a world where media, technology, and the thirst for fame can turn the idea of living and dying on its head. Funereal is an impressive and imaginative achievement from an exciting new writer.
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 21 September 2015
By Ashley Tomlinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is kind of weird book with an interesting concept. I was very invested in the story and was glued to the book the entire time. It touched on a very real subject that I'm aware of and read many articles about it in my time - the suicide rate in Asia. The thought of being buried alive is terrifying though and I can completely see why it would make you realize how important life is.

Soobin Shin is a young woman trying to make a living in Seoul, South Korea. She is having issues trying to find a career in her field leaving her working at a doughnut shop. Soobin and her twin sister discuss the high suicide rates and the most recent death of a young actor. When Joe shows up or as Soobin knew him as "Mr. Napkin" and he offers her a job that she cannot refuse. So she started working at OneLife Korea, helping people see the value in their lives by burying them alive. Then something bad happens that makes Soobin question everything, will she be able to figure out what needs to be done before it's too late?

The characters felt like they could be real people, it hard for me to feel that connection with characters. Soobin was great and I loved that she refused to dye her blonde hair. I liked that she actually wanted to be different - that she didn't want to blend in with everyone else around her, including her twin sister. I can imagine it would be difficult to have a twin that was a model though, why didn't she just follow her sisters footsteps and model? I guess it isn't for everyone and she had a degree for something else so I can see why not but she could have modeled until she got a job. I'm not sure I would have jumped to work at a place that buries people alive but I guess it would be better than a doughnut shop.

I was skeptical about Joe the entire time. I would have been incredibly creeped out by this strange old man coming up to me after I got off work to offer me a creepy job. I really think I would have thought about that job longer than she did, she just immediately said yes. I also knew it was only a matter of time before something went wrong because everything was just a little too easy for a while there. I predicted exactly what happened, that is until Minju's part, that threw me.

This was a very interesting read and I think a lot of people would enjoy this. Just ignore the title, I know seeing funereal doesn't make you think it's going to be a pleasant read but it's not that morbid.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so good that it tackles ennui with total sincerity and no ... 15 August 2015
By Brdgt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is urban magical realism on a high level. This book is so good that it tackles ennui with total sincerity and no hint of indulgent melancholy.