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. 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 family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he's tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappear...
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The Incendiaries Reviews
It is a shortcoming of mine and not a problem with the novel that I could not appreciate what it is like to lose one's faith. I do have faith (I’m catholic) and could not imagine losing it. Maybe I’m too old for that, and maybe this is why Kwon chose to make her characters so young (but why, I ask, do so many contemporary novels have college students as protagonists? Are older people boring? I think I am way more interesting now than when I was in college).
This is why I loved this book:
1. It’s ...more
For me, this was the case of a poorly written blurb inciting false expectations. Prospective readers are told that the novel's narrator Will "struggles to confront the obsession consuming [his girlfriend Phoebe], and the fundamentalism he's tried to escape." This is true. In fact, this is where the blurb should end, in my opinion. But it goes on, saying that after a bombing executed by Phoebe's religious group, "Will devotes himself to finding [his girlfriend]...seeking answers to what happened ...more
It has taken me a bit of time to get round to reading this one. The blurb really excited me, the cover looks great and I had read some pretty good reviews for it (it was always on Buzzfeed lists of books to read!) but for some reason I really struggled to get the motivation to pick it up…que reading a ton of other books first (*cough* I guilty pleasure re-red Twilight *cough*). So I am a little bit proud of myself to be writing this review now.
This story covers so many interesting themes that h ...more
I love how Will's faith, that once burned with a white hot fervour, is still something that he misses. The certainty that faith brings. Phoebe, still plagued by guilt and needing something bigger than herself to believe in, needs that faith. She's pulled between John Leal who is singular in his focus and promises to be there when she's ready to be something more, and Will who's still just trying to figure it out.
But the book is far more slippery than that and maybe I'm just reaching. The confli ...more
Why do people believe in God? This question lies at the heart of R. O. Kwon's debut novel, which dives into the psyche of two college students in turmoil. Our main narrator is Will, a former evangelical Christian, who mourns the loss of his faith (yes, he has a telling name). Coming from a humble background and trying to support his ailing mother, he has to work at a restaurant to finance his studies. At college, he falls in love with Korean-born Phoebe, a popular girl who seems to be wild and c ...more
"Hip-hop pulsed, rolled. Pale limbs shone." "The room clattered into motion." Inanimate objects verbed. So many inanimate objects did so much verbing. Limbs throbbed. Fingers flew over keyboards. Eyes rolled. Pages flipped. My brain wondered why everyone liked this book so much. Reviews bought it and slobbered. Prose purpled itself into oblivion. Plots did not happen. Sentences sparkled themselves to death. Character motivations made no sense. Hemingway's grave was rolled over in.
This is one of those books I wanted to love but unfortunately missed the mark for me. The concept itself was interesting enough, but I found it difficult to engage with the characters and plot development. It is possible that there were formatting issues in my advance reader copy, as I had a hard time deciphering whose point of view it was, as well as distinguishing between dialogue and narration. Hopefully those issues became more clear in the final copy of this book. I know many others did enj ...more
3.5 Stars. Review to come.