Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha LeeDragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl

byYoon Ha Lee

Hardcover | January 15, 2019

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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.

Yoon Ha Lee (yoonhalee.com) is the author of several critically acclaimed short stories and the Machineries of Empire trilogy for adults: NINEFOX GAMBIT, RAVEN STRATEGEM, and REVENANT GUN. Yoon draws inspiration from a variety of sources, e.g. Korean history and mythology, fairy tales, higher mathematics, classic moral dilemmas, and ge...
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Title:Dragon PearlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.55 × 5.95 × 1.3 inPublished:January 15, 2019Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:136801335X

ISBN - 13:9781368013352

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an exciting story! I loved the mix of folklore and a futuristic setting. Min is a Fox, so she is a shapeshifter. She lives on a different planet, but they take the form of humans since those are most common. There was a lot of science fiction, since most of the story took place on spaceships, but the background came from Korean folklore. This story was so fast paced. I read it in just one day! It felt like a whole series because so much happened. It was thrilling in some parts too, because there was a lot of danger. Min started out as an innocent teenage girl, but she put herself in a lot of risky situations in a short amount of time. I also like the diversity of the characters. The characters had Korean names. There was a character who preferred gender neutral pronouns. It takes a while to get used to a single person being referred to as “they,” but this was a great way to include gender diversity in the story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Korean-inspired Space Opera Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. It sounded really unique and I was excited to read a sci-fi based on Korean mythology. This book follows a young girl named Min, whose family happens to all be gumiho, or fox spirits. People tend not to like fox spirits as they stereotyped as being deceptive and untrustworthy. But when Min's brother deserts his post in the Space Forces in order to search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows this is her chance to get off her planet, find her brother and the Dragon Pearl, and make life for her family and her planet a little easier. The premise of the story really interested me, what with the Korean mythological aspects mixed in with the science fiction atmosphere. However, the actual execution of the story was a little lacking for me. Plot wise there were a lot of happy coincidences and some things were solved a little too conveniently for my taste. There were also some things that happened in the plot, like Min meeting her aunt, that seemed like it was going to play a bigger role in the story, but ended up serving little purpose to the plot in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand, I loved the overall arch of the story, and the quest to find Min's brother Jun. There was a lot of action throughout the novel that kept me eagerly turning the pages. I really did like all the supernatural elements in the story and the inclusion of all the mythological creatures like gumihos, dragons, ghosts and goblins. I like reading about each type of supernatural creature and how their powers worked in this world. I especially enjoyed how Min's shape shifting powers worked and how her powers grew as her character grew throughout the story. I would have liked to have seen more of the side characters, and more about their backstories in general. Min was really the only fully developed character, and the story would have been that much better if we could have gotten to know the other characters that helped her along the way. There was also the inclusion of a character who used gender-neutral pronouns, which I thought was really great as you don't often see that in middle grade novels. Overall, this was a fun and fast-paced middle grade novel. If you are a fan of other novels about mythology, I am sure you will also be a fan of this book as well.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on Netgalley! Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: Trauma after the disappearance of a family member. Being cast out of society. Up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via Disney Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to read this! I love middle grade. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I really enjoyed the beginning and the world building! I also liked the MC and her family. As I read on I started to lose interest. I no longer cared for the plot or the characters. It was a meh experience. Still recommend.
Date published: 2018-12-26

Editorial Reviews

"Who would have thought Korean mythology would make for such an intense and magical space opera! I loved every moment of it and want the next book NOW so I can explore all the Thousand Worlds with Min! This book is brilliant and gorgeous, and why didn't I have it when I was a kid??"-Ellen Oh, author of Spirit Hunters and the Prophecy series