Juche 1-4 Box set

by Adria Carmichael 

GENRE: YA Dystopian

Just when Areum - daughter of a privileged family in the totalitarian state of Choson (North Korea) - thought she was free from her personal prison, her world collapses around her as her family is taken away in the middle of the night to a hell-like camp in the mountains where people who have strayed from the righteous path are brutally re-educated through blood, sweat, tears, and starvation.

There she has to fight for survival together with the family she hates and is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life until then: her deep resentment toward her twin sister; her view of her father in the face of mounting evidence that he is a traitor with the blood of millions of fellow countrymen on his hands; and even her love and affection for the Great General - the eternal savior and protector of Choson, whom she had always considered her true father.

Note from the author:

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like when seen through an indoctrinated mind?

This is a topic that has intrigued me for as long as I can remember, so when I came up with the idea to write a book many years ago, I decided to create it from the viewpoint of a victim of indoctrination… which in the end became Areum (the protagonist of the story).

What I try to explore in this story is how deep the indoctrination of a 14-year old girl can run and how much “reality” it can be exposed to before breaking… if it will break at all. As a comparison, the defectors from North Korea who arrive in South Korea are isolated for three months in a de-programming facility called Hanawon before they are allowed to join society where they go through this process in a more controlled (and less brutal) way than Areum.

I hope you will enjoy this slightly different take on the dystopian genre!


A loud screech in the sky interrupts me. I look up. A large black crow is circling high above us. Then another crow joins in. The screeching intensifies. Another one joins in, and then another. Before I know it, the whole sky has turned black with a swirling mass of crows, flying in a tornado-like circle right above us. I feel their beady eyes looking down at me. 

The mass of crows now forms a funnel, spiraling downward toward us. I scream and put my hands up in defense. But the crows don’t target me. The black moving mass instead completely consumes the living corpse of my dad. 

“NOOO!” I scream as I helplessly witness the crows dismembering him piece by piece right before my eyes. They pull his eyeballs out from their sockets. They tear the skin from his arms and legs. I cry and scream. I want to run to him, to help him… but I still can’t move. 

Then it’s all over, and the crows disperse and ascend back into the sky, bringing their ear-piercing screech and the pieces of my father’s body with them. What was left of him is now again lying lifelessly on the ground. His face is still turned to me, but he had no more dead eyes to look at me with. 

Another screech makes me look up to the sky again. The crows are circling ominously. Faster and faster. The screeching intensifies, cutting painfully into my ears, as they once more swirl down towards me like a tornado. I put my hands up in defense and scream as the first crow brushes against my hair. Another one grabs my arm with its claws. I try to break free, but my feet are still glued to the ground. 

I now have crows all over my body, and as the one on my arm penetrates my skin with its beak, I…

About the Author:

Adria Carmichael is a writer of dystopian fiction with a twist. When she is not devouring dystopian and post-apocalyptic content in any format - books, movies, TV-series and PlayStation games - she is crafting the epic and highly-addictive Juche saga, her 2020 debut novel series that takes place in the brutal, totalitarian nation of Choson. When the limit of doom and gloom is reached, a 10K run on a sunny day or binging a silly sitcom on a rainy day is her go-to way to unwind. 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20581191.Adria_Carmichael 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Adria-Carmichael-591550164840779 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adria_carmichael_author/?hl=en 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdriaCarmichael 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/adria-carmichael 

Amazon Buy links:

Juche 1 – The Demon of Yodok: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FQLHKYP/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 

Juche 2 – The Weeping Masses: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08J42Y4Y5?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_1&storeType=ebooks 

Juche 3 – The Storm of Storms: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B099BKWKKR?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_2&storeType=ebooks 

Juche 4 – Freedom or Death: https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Death-Young-Dystopian-Survival-ebook/dp/B09D9NBZ7S/ref=sr_1_1

Juche 1-4 Box Set: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B3F21BKV/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4


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  1. Thank you for posting! / Adria

  2. Sounds like a good book.

  3. A Dystopian Saga sounds like exciting reading to me.

  4. Looks quite good, awesome share.

  5. Thank you for posting about the Juche boxset, I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre and these stories are a must read for me

  6. Fantastic excerpt, Juche sounds like a thrilling and fascinating dystopian read for my grandkids!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing TGIF!

  7. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds exciting. Great cover.

  8. I don't now if 'liking best' is the right way to describe it, but the post/blurb is very easily changed in the reader's mind to a certain country in the present world. I am interested with the idea of writing about something that is all too probable to happen to a young person/family there in a fictional way to educate others about something that is (and has been in the past) all too real.

  9. This would probably be a good book for students of cult psychology to read.

  10. The cover is extremely relevant to the story, with a sense of foreboding.

  11. Sometimes it is almost scary to find that what is originally published as fiction can become all too real. I remember reading a book involving a terrorist airplane crash into a government building, and it was written several years before the events of what is now known as 9/11, with no further descriptors needed.

  12. It is a good plot twist to have this center around a young person rather than an adult, since the perceptions of the hardships and danger are different to different age groups.


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