I’ve recently read In Order To Live and wanted to post a short review here because it’s a great book. In Order To Live is a memoir written by Yeonmi Park, a 24-year-old North Korean who fled North Korea with her mother when she was 13. It is the account of her life in Hyesan, a city located in the northern part of North Korea, very close to the Chinese border, of her escape through China and of her new life as a refugee in South Korea.
I don’t want to say too much about the life of Yeonmi Park and her family in North Korea under Kim Jong Il‘s reign because it is of course very eventful. This book, for this part at least, almost reads like a thrilling novel, which makes it a great read but is also extremely sad. Many unbelievable, dangerous and terrible events happened to the Park family in the 1990’s and 2000’s and these events led to their escape to China in 2007.