"Adam Johnson has pulled off literary alchemy, first by setting his novel in North Korea, a country that few of us can imagine, then by producing such compelling characters, whose lives unfold at breakneck speed. I was engrossed right to the amazing conclusion. The result is pure gold, a terrific novel."
--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
"An addictive novel of daring ingenuity, a study of sacrifice and freedom in a citizen-eating dynasty, and a timely reminder that anonymous victims of oppression are also human beings who love... a brave and impressive book."
--David Mitchell, author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
"I've never read anything like it. This is truly an amazing reading experience, a tremendous accomplishment. I could spend days talking about how much I love this book. It sounds like overstatement, but no. The Orphan Master's Son is a masterpiece."
--Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children
"Rich with a sense of discovery...The year is young, but The Orphan Master's Son has an early lead on novel of 2012."
-The Daily Beast
"This is a novel worth getting excited about."
-The Washington Post
"[A] ripping piece of fiction that is also an astute commentary on the nature of freedom, sacrifice, and glory."