I just finished this book a moment ago, and all I can say is “wow…” I am no stranger to the plight of North Korea and its relations with the rest of the world, as East Asia is a huge interest of mine. That is one reason why I picked up this book. Since I love South Korea, I wanted a better picture of the North, and this book was the perfect place to get it.
Demick profiles 6 North Korean defectors, spinning their tales as if she had been present for them herself. She also includes tidbits from the lives of other North Koreans, as well as plenty of facts and statistics from various reputable organizations. This book is truly gripping, heartbreaking, and impossible to walk away from without thinking about what you’ve read. It will also make you extremely thankful for all that you have.