Listening Library. Feb. 2024. 1,028p. $20. ISBN 9780593794937.
Gr 7-10–All but the last quarter-hour belongs to Tyo, who cinematically ciphers the 10-plus hours of Park’s camera-ready, highly anticipated, internationally bestselling Korean import. The duology is spectacularly franchise-prepped: a dystopic frozen world, the privileged controlling few, the rebels with noble causes and secret identities. Snowglobe is the only (manufactured) temperate haven, where everyday life is manipulated for broadcast to the world’s depleted residents. Sixteen-year-old Chobahm is plucked from the wasteland to become Snowglobe’s favorite darling on everyone’s beloved show; Snowglobe’s biggest star Goh Haeri died by suicide and needs to be replaced without anyone ever knowing what happened. Once in paradise, Chobahm realizes what’s on screen is exactly that—a show. Tyo’s commanding performance pauses with enticing fodder for the next volume. Jung follows with a deliciously bewildering single chapter; Yi concludes with shocking backstory.
VERDICT Truth and reality continue to diverge, leaving audiences craving more.

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