North Korea is a country mired by human rights violations of all kinds. Executions, corruption, and slavery are just some of the many known abuses of the citizens of the authoritarian state. Yeonmi Park’s In Order To Live:A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom is the latest story released on Amazon.com of an escapee of the brutal North Korean dictatorship. Determined to stand as a voice against the current North Korean regime, she has written about her life under the tyranny of North Korea. In Order To Live:A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom is her harrowing autobiography about Yeonmi’s escape from the living hell that her homeland is.
In Order To Live:A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom isn’t an everyday book, according to the New York Times. It’s the kinds of book that you see once in every few blue moons and sticks with you. Her portrayal of the horrors of her country speak volumes against the dictatorship. Born into a wealthy family, she saw her family turn to the black market as the regime became more powerful. This illicit trade eventually resulted in the arrest of Yeonmi Park‘s father. Escaping North Korea by going to China the family headed to Mongolia. Eventually they found their way to South Korea where they still reside today.
This book is not without it’s critics. Many accuse Yeonmi of misrepresenting North Korea in order to produce an exaggerated and vilified version of the country. In fact, North Korea itself has produced propaganda railing against her as an agent of Western powers trying to undermine the stability of North Korea. Regardless of the criticisms, this book stands as a wonderful and harrowing story about life under oppression.