A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Time, Parade, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, PBS, Vulture, Buzzfeed, BookRiot, PopSugar, Refinery29, Bustle, The Rumpus, Paste, and BBC. Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious groupa secretive extremist cultfounded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe's Korean American f...
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The Incendiaries Reviews
I don't know if I can actually write a review of this book because all of my feelings about it (and there are so many) are extremely personal. My experience with this book is unlikely to be universal, but it's the only one I have to write about.
It wouldn't be fair for me to start off with all of my own stuff that I bring to this book, so I'll start with the most objective review I can provide (which is admittedly not very objective for all the reasons below). This is an ambitious and impressive ...more
This wasn’t a bad read at all but I had a lot of trouble getting into it, and honestly I did not find the characters very likable. The book was odd but it does stay with you after you close the finished book. I really do not know how to review this book. At a loss really.
I was sent an arc of this book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review
DNF @ 20%
Listen folks. I never DNF books this early but I read so far and I have no idea what is happening, the writing is confusing and some of it is literally nonsensical strings of words. And i'm not here for this. I really tried to push myself to read more because the premise sounds really intriguing and I was genuinely excited about it but I just couldn't.
Here's the review:
Really disappointed in this one.
The story is worthwhile, the themes are even better. But it fails in almost every respect of the telling.
First-person was a mistake. Both the primary characters frequently sound like mouthpieces. And why are they telling the story in this way? The form is unimaginable; are these confessions? Who’s taking them down, God? Now there’s irony for ya...
The prose is extremely mannered, and, even, I proffer, unintelligible in places. (See what I did there?) And the dictio ...more
The company of character who reflect what so many of us felt growing up, surviving college and life’s misadventures.
This emotional journey travels between three friends and the world that rotates around them; from NY to CA to China.
The protagonists experiences the feeling we all know only too well – to have mediocre self reflections, to finally getting what you want in life to only have it all change.
Phoebe, Will, and John share a gripping portrait of desire, faith, loss, and cross culture expe ...more
A mix of Marilynne Robinson, Lauren Groff, and Graham Greene - a slippery novel, one that's hard to sess until you get through it... and then you find yourself turning back, flipping to the beginning again and just skimming to experience the whole thing from the point of view of the end. This novel did everything I wanted American Pastoral to do, in a third of the page count and three times the style.
Plus, I've never read anything that has grappled so eloquently (both in its presence and its ab ...more
Bland and aimless. For a book about a fanatical religious cult, The Incendiaries is surprisingly boring. Many meandering walks and angsty, unconvincing love. The writing is ambitious, but heavy handed, and while I can appreciate the effort to create dimensional characters, they are as weak as wisps of smoke on the wind. It was the mention of North Korea in the description that drew me in, but it was disappointingly minor.