In Order to Live - Yeonmi Park & Maryanne Vollers

In Order to Live

By Yeonmi Park & Maryanne Vollers

  • Release Date: 2015-09-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 944 Ratings


“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.” - Yeonmi Park

"One of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard - and one of the most inspiring." - The Bookseller

“Park's remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension. Park's important memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit and one young woman's incredible determination to never be hungry again.” —Publishers Weekly

In In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea, describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day, but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories. She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea—and to freedom.

Park confronts her past with a startling resilience. In spite of everything, she has never stopped being proud of where she is from, and never stopped striving for a better life. Indeed, today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country. Park’s testimony is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.


  • Beautiful

    By alinarenee
    Such an important story.
  • Incredible story

    By Katie b b b b b b b b
    Incredible story of a strong woman. Inspires me to do better. If anyone is going through hardships, spend some time on this quick and impactful read.
  • Why do I all of a sudden…

    Feel like I’ve taken a small trip to NK? Through Yeonmi’s writing, I now have a refined perspective on this world.
  • Amazing book

    By Elijah Malcom
    Must read if you think you know about North Korea.
  • Incredible book, incredible author. I couldn’t put it down.

    By Lesz88
    Even though I recently read A Girl With Seven Names I learned even more about the horrors of North Korea and China from this author. Anyone who cares about democracy and freedom must read both of these books.
  • Inspiring read!

    By Helen Gould
    Couldn’t put it down! Amazing story told very well.
  • Amazing Korean Woman

    By Mikaele91
    What a dark and bright story. Read the book.
  • Exposé and memoir - wonderfully written

    By susannahermana
    Excellent, detailed story that exposes the brutal, corrupt North Korean regime and demonstrates the human capacity for survival. A must read.
  • Essential Reading for All who Love Justice

    By JSM1948
    So informative and impactful. Teachers, parents, professors and all Americans (and even anti -Americans) deserve to know the truth about human trafficking and other atrocities in China, N. Korea and other inhumane totalitarian states.
  • Incredible read.

    By rachyco89
    Couldn’t put it down! Captivating and puts life in perspective. Hard to believe what some people go through.