Duration: 3 days because it was too terrifying to read all at once!
The Story: It starts with two executions. The first one is when Shin is 4. It is the first of many he remembers. The second one is 10 years later and the people being put to death are his mother and brother. Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a North Korean prison camp and is the only person raised from birth in one of the camps who is known to have successfully escaped. His story is harrowing and fascinating. As North Korea is posturing in front of the world, this is an important story.
Re-read: I read it LAST MONTH! I am not rereading it any time soon.
Summer reading tips:
- Compare the propaganda that Harden illustrates with what you see in the news about North Korea.
- Contact one of the human rights agencies who work with North Koreans who have escaped their country and find out what you can do to help.
- Compare the way of life in the North Korean Camps as illustrated in this book to those of the Nazi concentration camps. I think you will be shocked.