In Order to Live
A North Korean Girl's Journey to FreedomBook - 2015
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: frightening scenes during escape, starvation , upsetting descriptions
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This novel is divided into three parts. The first North Korea details the authors life as a young girl in North Korea. In the beginning of her life her father had a good status with the government and was able to provide his daughters with food, clothes, and luxury items to an extent. He fell out of favour with the government and relied on smuggling to make his money and was still doing well for his family. Everything changed when he was arrested and the family's social status changed. There was not much food and the girls were starving, they were not sure if they would ever see their father again. They were often left alone for long periods of time, months on end. Eventually their father was released from prison and they were a family once more. Yeonmi's older sister wanted to try to escape to China, their mother thought it was also a good idea but wanted to go together. Her sister did not wait and went with a friend. She was missing for seven years. Trying to follow her sister Yeonmi and her mother decided to cross into China too, but were trafficked without much knowledge of their situation. They were sold for their bodies and raped. Yeonmi was only 13 years old, she had to live with a man as his mistress to avoid being sold to a farmer. Her mother was sold and they were separated.Eventually Yeonmi's father was able to be smuggled into China where it was discovered he had cancer and died shortly after. After much hardship they were finally able to cross into Mongolia and to South Korea where they were eventually reunited as a family.