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Review: Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Pub Date: Jan 2019

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

Review:

Get ready to completely immersed in Korean mythology after reading Dragon Pearl. The book penned by Lee is the best mix of science fiction and folklore. I love how they brought the legend of Kitsune into the picture and added the touch of science fiction in space. The story is essentially about a young sister missing her brother and she goes on the epic quest to save him. On this journey, we meet our heroine, Kim Min who is brave and inspiring but does find herself in her share of trouble although she means well.

The plot was faced paced in the beginning but did stall a bit in the middle then getting back on track. All in all, if you are looking for an adventure, you must read the Dragon Pearl.

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