Although this is short in length, it is the defining work of what goes on in the North Korean Gulags (whose existence is denied vehemently by its regime). The reason that makes this story unique is, unlike other accounts of survival and escape in the past from N. Korea, our protagonist, Shin In Geun was born and 'raised' in the Camp itself. He was unaware of anything that went on in the outside world.
After surviving some grueling events which would make one's 'stay' in a Soviet Gulag feel like a 'stay' in Hyatt (ok that maybe more than a little exaggeration on my part, but you get the drift), he finally came in contact with a new prisoner from outside named Park who became his first friend cum tutor who told him that world is round
(yup) and how it would feel like to live in a place like S. Korea, China or USA.
Shin decides to escape the Camp 14 which nobody
in the past had done. I wouldn't spoil the rest for you but would recommend anyone to read this book who has an interest in non-fiction works about survival/ escape from the totalitarian states.