“With taut pacing and rich prose, Shin provides a revelatory view on a system of underground brokers who aid defectors, but also fuel indentured servitude in China. The many layers make for a moving and powerful story.” Publishers Weekly

“In this moving debut, Shin depicts the incredible resilience of people and the power of love in the grim and oppressive realities of North Korea.” — Booklist, Starred Review

“Inspired by true events, Shin’s debut novel delivers a poignant portrait of a young couple in Pyongyang and their fight for love and freedom as North Korea falls under great political upheaval.”  — E-online

“Ann Shin’s debut The Last Exiles is an exploration of the moral boundaries good people must navigate when their survival is at stake. This powerful tale of two lovers from North Korea who struggle to be reunited is a searing interrogation of the price of love and freedom. A thought-provoking, poignant and unflinching novel.” — Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee

The Last Exiles offers a fascinating glimpse into North Korea, [and] the desperate measures undertaken to escape its guarded walls. A rich testament to human resilience and, ultimately, to love.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls and Daughter of Black Lake

“With a love for her characters that is infectious, Ann Shin immerses us in the lives of two young lovers fleeing the dictates of one of the most oppressive regimes on earth. The Last Exiles is an exhilarating page-turner, at once intimate and epic, and a testament to resilience and hope.” — Camilla Gibb, author of Sweetness in the Belly