This is a harrowing account of a young girl in North Korea. When she is twelve years old Chung-Cha is tortured and placed in a concentration camp because of her father's open proclamation of his Christian faith. After being tortured for several weeks, Chung-Cha turns away from the God who seems so powerless to help her.
What I liked about this book was the attention is draws to the horrible conditions of people and Christians in North Korea. It is important not to forget them despite the media blackout. The descriptions of life seemed authentic.
I also appreciated that while brutality was described it was done in a measured way and some details were mercifully withheld making it far more readable.
The aspect that I found more difficult was the way the Christians in this had open resentment and were unforgiving. Also that the Moses character seemed to be trying to earn his salvation and had no conception of the grace of God or any assurance of salvation. Thus the Christian characters were either perfect (three of them) or were very far from God, even the ones who were risking their necks to save others.