Recent world affairs piqued my interest in this book. It well and truly stands on its own. A story of one woman's upbringing in North Korea and how a combination of fortuitous self determined ideas and circumstance leads her to escape the ruthlessly woven web of North Korean oppression. The five star rating reflects not so much the literary value (though it is well written), but the story itself and the courageous people it represents. Thank you very much to Hyeonseo Lee for sharing, and best wishes for the future and her ongoing work.