Star of the North

Star of the North

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Star of the North opens in 1988, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twenty-two years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her--including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525573296
0525573291
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 25 cm

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begrim
Oct 16, 2018

Definitely a page-turner I probably shouldn’t have chosen for bedtime reading (too many late nights turning pages!). I appreciated the North Korean setting, and was especially interested in the stories of the characters who lived in N Korea. I was a bit annoyed with the main character, Jenna, and found parts of her story unbelievably far-fetched, which decreased my enjoyment of the book. As a previous commenter noted, this book would make a good movie; the plot seems like a typical action movie plot. I am looking forward to reading some of the recommended titles ( bios and real-life accounts of living in N Korea) the author includes at the end of the book.

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allmyangels6
Sep 08, 2018

I give STAR of the NORTH 5 *'s.
It is the best book of 2018 and would make a fabulous movie. The writing exposed the bleakness, cruelty, harshness, and culture of North Korea in this story about family and love.
The author takes us on a ride of despair, love, hope, and intrigue. Definitely worth a read.

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