Zoë is one of my favourite authors because of Shadows on the Moon, but I haven’t actually read all of her books (sad face). I enjoyed The Swan Kingdom (although not as much as Shadows on the Moon) & yet again Zoë has written in a way that makes you think you know what’s going to happen & then she throws in some twist so that something totally unpredictable happens. I love that aspect of her writing because a lot of YA is becoming predictable.
This time round I was able to “enjoy” this book in a different way; instead of feeling shocked by what I was reading, I spent the whole time admiring Yeonmi, Eunmi & Keum Sook Byeon. I know Park Jin Sik is looking down on them with so much pride. Learning about Yeonmi has changed me as a person, and I am now determined to help the people in North Korea – and that determination is even stronger after my second read. I know I’ll read this book over and over again for the rest of my life. Yeonmi has changed me and inspired me. I love her with all of my heart.
Read my review from my first read here.
This book was more powerful than I could have imagined, and I will never understand how I managed to stop myself crying until right at the end. The whole story, from both Anna and Jae-hee’s perspectives, read like a biography and I’m struggling to accept that it wasn’t one.