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 genre fiction. Yoon's Twitter handle is @motomaratai.
Lee offers a perfect balance of space opera and Korean mythology with enough complexity to appeal to teens. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) * Lee has created an adrenaline-filled space opera with mythological creatures living alongside humans. It is refreshing to see both Korean elements and a nonbinary character seamlessly integrated into the storyline. A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * Lee skillfully weaves Korean folklore into this space opera narrative, creating dynamic and relatable characters. VERDICT With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there's a little something for everyone here. --School Library Journal (starred review) I was so impressed by DRAGON PEARL. The story is multi-layered, the world construction is impeccable-with an awesome intersection of tech and culture-and it is totally compelling to read. Min's nuanced feelings about her magic, her family, and her fox heritage are marvelously complicated. I loved her, and I know you will, too! --E.K. Johnston, author of E.K. Johnson, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Ahsoka 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