Non male, ma il primo della serie di Will Robie forse e' il migliore, per ora. Curioso per come e' costruito, quasi piu' una serie di episodi che un romanzo unico: questo mi e' parso insolito, ma interessante.
l have had a hunch that Chung-Cha would die and Min would live/stay in US. Sadly, I was right and Chung-Cha died because of the misunderstanding of a stupid deputy. The novel would have been more "magical" or made me feel better if the author can let Chung-Cha live her life with Min in US. But I guess the author has found that alternative outcome too good to be true or too much of a fairy tale and has therefore made Chung-Cha die. But it's too cliché for me. The rescue of General Pak's adopted son and daughter from Bukchang seems way too easy. Nevertheless, "obviously", the American heroes need to survive but not necessarily the North Korean one(s).
Throughout the novel until the end when the paths of Chung-Cha and Robie/Reel crossed, there were two parallel stories, one for Robie/Reel and the other for Chung-Cha. At the beginning, emotionally I didn't really want to read the part of Chung-Cha and I tended to read it as quickly as possible. But gradually, I became sympathetic with Chung-Cha and of course when Min appeared, I started to worry for them and wanted them to survive. Min of course is the one who has gained everybody's empathy the most. Though her ignorance and curiosity towards the new world after her coming out of the Yodok camp and visiting US is also kind of cliché, I naturally love her the most as she is the one who needs the most protection and love.
The pace of the story progression seems a bit too slow than what I have expected. There was no real surprise. Near the end, I felt that I had read another mediocre pop fiction. It's still good entertainment but probably nothing beyond that....Continua