In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 29, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

'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

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User Review  - Anamie - LibraryThing

In Order to Live is one voice that reflects the voices of many North Korean refugees. The initial setting is in the border city of Hyesan where the lights of China can be seen. Yeonmi goes through ... Read full review

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User Review  - dele2451 - LibraryThing

One of the most harrowing MeToo stories ever printed and one of the first I've seen about a mother and daughter who are both unwillingly trafficked into sexual slavery in China while trying to escape starvation in North Korea. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Yeonmi Park was born in Hyesan, North Korea in 1993 and currently lives in New York.