Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation, or disease, or even execution.
This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
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A book we should all read
The narrator made it more natural and took you right into the feelings involved
How much I learned and realised about a regime that expects worship at the expense of life
Obviously the main character, the whole book revolved round her, and her intelligence came through and thankfully she survived to help and inform all of us
I think it was when she found her sister, I had tears in my eyes
I would tell everyone to read this, we need to understand how lucky we are to live in a country with freedom, freedom we should never take for granted. But for the grace of God we could have been born into such a country.
- Sylvia Green
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