Reading this book is like reading the literary equivalent of
the Jawsmusic. Our hearts are beating, our palms are sweaty—we just
know something bad is about to happen. Okay, so things aren't quite
that melodramatic—Ji-li is subtler than that—but the feeling is
no less true. Check out how she describes going to bed after reading the
incriminating letter: href="
back to bed. My heart pounded inside my chest. Although the letter was merely
reporting facts to a superior, it was a complaint about the Rebels at the
We can practically hear her heart racing. Ji-li has a
wonderful way of making us feel the suspense she lives through in the book. We're
never sure what's about to happen, but we know the stakes are high and things
can go seriously south at any moment.