Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-fi, Korean Mythology
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Pub Date: January 15, 2019
Taken from Goodreads
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 apearl, 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 imagination.
I was so excited to get this ARC of Dragon Pearl I started it as soon as I got my copy! I am not always into sci-fi stories but I was really intrigued by the Korean Mythology and family theme.
The beginning of the story exploded with excitement and suspense I couldn’t put it down! I loved Min’s ability to shape-shift and charm people to avoid getting caught as she was on her journey to find her brother and clear his name. Her powers were an awesome element to this story, along with her strong spirit! 🦊
Midway through this book my excitement tapered off a bit while Min was still trying to reach her destination and I found it hard to connect with any of the characters surrounding Min. But as the story continues I found myself drawn back in again.
Overall this is a great middle grade book, with lots of adventure, culture and a strong family feel, as Min searches for her brother.
I received this advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This book will be published January 15th 2019, go check it out!
This story was such a fun adventure, I can’t wait to read The Storm Runner now, which is also a Rick Riordan Presents Book!
Thank you so much NetGalley, Disney Book Group, and the author, Yoon Ha Lee for this advanced copy!
Have you read this or any others from Yoon Ha Lee? What are your thoughts?
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