Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Heartwrenching, horrifying, whatever shocking words you can think of describe this book well.
It’s the sort of book that spurs you on to do research about North Korea but then you realize that you can’t do anything and frustration boils over.
I would’ve given it a higher rating except that a few months after I read this (this “review” is months late), Shin revealed that he had lied to Blaine Harden about what he experienced as a prisoner in North Korea’s concentration camps.
This is good if you’re looking for a general survey of the atrocity that is North Korea’s government but if you want a 100% truthful account, look elsewhere.
Originally published on BookLikes on July 30, 2015.