A true horror story though there is always a silver lightning at the end. Shin a North Korean born in camp 14 ; one of the harshest places in the world.
His escape and life in the camp reads to the banality of evil. to the selfishness of dictators to the cult of personality of North Korea's leaders - past and present.
Snitching is a way of life in the camp, in school and among family members. Shin Snitching caused major problems for him and affected his life later on.
When reading this book one should think like a camp resident to understand the actions of the Koreans. To the normal person those actions sounds like something from Lord of the Flies.
Recommended to anyone who wants a book that will keep him/her up at night.