Today I finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. Here’s part of the summary from the publisher:
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
As I read the book I thought many of the harrowing tortures the Dear Leader subjected his people to had to be made up, but in an interview at the end of the Kindle edition of the book, Adam Johnson said many of the most awful details he conjured came from his research into North Korea. I loved the book. The setting was fascinating and the pacing was terrific. I was gripped by the ending. Go read it.