Star of the North is an incredibly relevant story; it tells the tale of three people, connected through North Korea, whilst the country is on the verge of war with America. The book is raw, thrilling & totally captivating, & I bloody well enjoyed it.
I was sent this book by Harvill Secker in return for an honest review.
This book contains extreme human suffering, murder, very detailed torture, discussions of rape, extreme violence & starvation throughout.
For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Liberty in North Korea.
LiNK are an incredible charity whom’s work really does change the lives of people in need forever; all money donated goes towards arranging the life-threatening escape journeys that are planned & manned by LiNK volunteers.
Every little bit will help me reach my goal,
& will help people who are truly suffering right this second.
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.
I never feel it’s right to review biography-type books but I just wanted to say that this book has moved me more than I can put into words. I knew North Korea was a living hell, but I didn’t realise the true extent of the hell North Koreans have to live through. Yeonmi has written this book with such elegance it’s so difficult to believe that just a few years ago she had the education of someone less than half her age. I’m desperate to know more about Yeonmi and her work, and I plan to read more about the lives of the people in North Korea. I read this book on my Kindle but there’s no doubt in my mind that I will soon purchase a physical copy.
Yeonmi, if you ever read this please know that you have moved me and educated me more than I can tell you. The bravery you have shown, and are showing, in your life is more than I can even fathom. I hope you are happy and healthy, and continue to live a free life for many years to come.