A brilliant, gutwrenching, impossible to stop reading memoir. I learnt so much more about North Korea and life after that dreadful existence for it's defectors. A book that will open people's hearts to refugees from any oppressive and dangerous countries and reinforce how lucky those of us are to know nothing of such suffering and desperation first hand. The fortunate should always show compassion and help the unfortunate.....there but for the Grace of God....
We need books like this to be read in our schools and universities so that everyone can understand the horrors that still go on in this world in places such as North Korea today in this world where so many take life and pleasure as their right. This is an amazing true story of a very courageous young girl. It made me cry but also gave me so much pleasure to see what she has achieved. You are an incredible young lady Yeonmi Park. Thank you for telling your story.
This book gives us an inside of the brutalities and atrocities of the North Korean regime and the bravery of a beautiful family protecting each other. Members of this family eventually escape to the South becoming the voice of all their friends and the people left behind.
From start to finish this story held my attention - the brutality the author, her family and most of the general population of North Korea endure is something which is difficult to comprehend. Beautifully written and deeply enjoyed.