'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.'
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 through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
'Clear-eyed and devastating' Observer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A memoir, a thriller and a historical adventure rolled into one, In Order to Live had us spellbound. We held our breath as young activist Yeonmi Park narrates her escape from North Korea at age 13, sneaking past armed guards on the frozen Chinese border. Park’s heartbreaking story shoots backwards and forwards in time, providing unfathomable snapshots of North Korean life, where children are forced to watch executions, dead bodies line the streets and people risk their lives for a bowl of rice. We doubt we’ll ever forget this humbling, empowering tale of survival.
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If you’re about the same age of Yeonmi, you would cry crazily imagining yourself in her shoes. My heart broke into pieces while reading her journey.
Wow, what a beautiful young woman with a harrowing life journey. I honestly couldn’t put it down!
In order to live
I found this book to be so inspirational. I literally couldn’t put the book down and always looked forward to the ‘me’ time where I could sit and immense myself in this book and to continue reading. Thank you for sharing your life story.