I received this book for free through Bookstore's giveaways.
I'm in between giving this 4 or 5 stars so I'm giving it 4.5.
This is a powerful book. It explores the Gwangju Uprising that happened in May of 1980 in South Korea. I had never even heard of that uprising prior to reading this book. This book highlights the violence of it all and the real human lives that were affected by it.
I liked how all the stories were interconnected and all the complex layers it showed. It gave different perspectives throughout different points of times. Kang did a great job with the emotions of all the characters. She gave a personal and human touch to the uprising.
I had read Han Kang's previous novel, The Vegetarian, and had a hard time "getting" it. I didn't have the same problem with this book.
Overall, this is a riveting and emotionally stirring book that sheds a human light on an awful atrocity.