The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

The Incendiaries

"In dazzlingly acrobatic prose, R. O. Kwon explores the lines between faith and fanaticism, passion and violence, the rational and the unknowable." —Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere.A shocking 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...


Details The Incendiaries

TitleThe Incendiaries
ISBN9780735213890
Author
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Novels, Adult Fiction, Religion, Adult, Cults, Literature, Suspense
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Reviews The Incendiaries

  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    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 r...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    10 out of 5 stars. Wow wow wow are we all discovering a talent in Ms. Kwon. The book is eerie, and unsettling, but also sweet and beautiful... and you read the story from the outside... then all at once a simple narrator change grounds everything, makes it a story you or I could be part of. The genius here is the author's ability to pull you in, then push you all the way out to be an observer, or vice versa. I sympathized with Phoebe until it was...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    1970-01-01
    This brief little novel takes on a powerful subject, and the result is eerie, sad and profound.Will meets Phoebe at an elite American college, and is immediately enamored of her. They both hide secret pains from their past, each longing to escape and fill voids—Will’s from the gradual loss of his religion and absence of God, Phoebe’s from the death of her mother.When Phoebe gets drawn into a religious cult, Will has a bad feeling about it f...
  • Lillian Li
    1970-01-01
    Simultaneously glittering and hazy, transcendent and soul-dropping, R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries is an experience I am delightfully mesmerized by. Each sentence has a diamond-cut quality to it, fashioned with precision that feels effortless. Paragraphs moved through me like they weren't even made of words. Often, I felt like I was inhaling Kwon's sentences, which left me, at times, feeling a little high on the spirit of the novel, not unlike the ...
  • Borce
    1970-01-01
    I’ll start by saying the version I read is an arc so maybe a lot has changed or will change in publication, but I’m a bit confused by all the glowing reviews of this book. I kept looking to the back cover re-reading the description waiting for the story I’ve been promised to occur. Finally, with about 30 pages left it happens. Sort of. The bombing happens, true, and Will does look for Phoebe, for like a day. Most of the book is spent develo...
  • Lara Blackman
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely loved this one. It's a beautifully written, literary novel, but the darkness of the story and the writing create the kind of eerie atmosphere you'd find in the best psychological suspense. I almost never re-read, but might make an exception for this when everyone's talking about it this summer
  • Monet
    1970-01-01
    I’m delighted to catch this writer at the beginning of her career. This debut novel is stunning, especially in its handling of characters I feel like I’d know if I saw them on the street.
  • Christina Marroquin
    1970-01-01
    The blurb on the front says it all: "A God-haunted, willful, strange book written with a kind of savage elegance."I went back and forth between liking it and not. My dislike stemmed from my frustration at the character choices and my own bias against organized religion and its complicity in ruining lives as much as it saves. It was interesting getting this story from the point of view of someone who has struggled with faith and then struggles wit...
  • Jillian Doherty
    1970-01-01
    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 p...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    A haunting debut from a voice to watch.
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    Wow! R.O. Kwon is a darned good writer. This book reminds me of Samanta Schweblin’s FEVER DREAM in that it’s a quick, un-put-downable read that makes brilliant use of language. Kwon’s sentences are tight, and her characters are flawed and feel very real. I only wish it were longer!
  • Madeline Partner
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. Will update later w review! :)-The Incendiaries tells the stories of Will and Phoebe, their ill-fated romance, and the religious cult that begins to consume their relationship. Will and Phoebe are both college students at a prestigious university in a small New England town, and are soon drawn together during their freshman year. However, both are hiding important things about their past that will come out in ways they could not have ...
  • Dana Blazsek
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Netgalley and Riverhead Books for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ⭐⭐⭐⭐— The Incendiaries by RO Kwon (Out July 31)•Thank you to Edelweiss and Riverhead books for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. •Will and Phoebe meet in college. Will has left his faith behind. Phoebe is finding hers. The Incendiaries tells the story of how their choices with their faith...
  • Donna Hines
    1970-01-01
    Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in college but they were not prepared for life's adventures.As the stage is set so too are these friendships as the misfit Will falls for Phoebe who's grieving for her mother.Seeking solice and comfort Phoebe turns outside her inner circle to the most unlikely places a cult with ties to Northern Korea which was founded by John Leal.When the group turns violent Phoebe suddenly departs and disappears.Will determined...
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/06...This is one of THE summer buzz books, plus the author wears some incredibly bad-ass eye makeup, so I was looking forward to reading it. But it left me a little cold. The description makes it sound like an exciting read, but it’s much more interior—about a sad sack college student obsessed with a girl who gets involved with a Christian cult. They spend a lot of time discussing wanting a relationship with...
  • Kristen Beverly
    1970-01-01
    Wow... I devoured this book today. I don’t know what I was expecting from this story, but it was so much more than I ever could have imagined. I related to so many more of Will’s thoughts than I would like to admit to. Beautifully and powerfully written. This book is everything that everyone is making it out to be!
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    I won a pre-release copy of this book in a Goodreads contest. Thanks, Goodreads!I had trouble with the narration of this book. I usually enjoy books with multiple narrators so you can get different points of view. I also like books that go back and forth in time, but the transition from one character's perspective to another wasn't as smooth as in other books. Perhaps it is because the book had both multiple points of view and a shift back and fo...
  • Audrey
    1970-01-01
    I liked this book but didn’t quite connect with the characters at all. I could appreciate the dichotomy between Phoebe and Will as well as the artistry of the writing itself. I’m not sure if the disconnect is from the story itself or from my own frame of mind.I received an arc of this book but all opinions are my own.
  • Greg Zimmerman
    1970-01-01
    4.5Faith and belief, doubt and cynicism, extremism and guilt. This is a short but confident examination of big important questions. Deftly, thoughtfully rendered. Really enjoyed it!
  • Vanessa Hua
    1970-01-01
    Stunning and haunting. The intensity of the language, the experimentation with form, the love and longing and pain of Phoebe and Will are unforgettable -- filling me with dread, and yet it was page turner. A must-read!
  • J.
    1970-01-01
    I'm a bit uncertain as to the star rating; but, as I read an ARC, I can give it the benefit of the doubt and confidently say 2. It's better than okay, but I had a few reservations.This is a pretty strong debut novel: Kwon can spin a beautiful sentence and her writing/voice is generally superb. I absolutely cannot wait to read her future novels. Subject-wise: the novel is an interesting take on faith, obsession, violence, and the desire and pain w...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    I read the whole thing on two short plane rides yesterday. I loved it! Kwon's writing style is so simple yet evocative. I reread sentences frequently because they were so wonderfully constructed. Plotwise, I think the blurb is inaccurate in what it claims the book is about - so much of the book is told in flashbacks and reconstructions that Phoebe's disappearance really only takes place in the last 30 pages or so. This book is a delight to read -...
  • Anna Tan
    1970-01-01
    I finished reading The Incendiaries a week ago, and I still don't know how to write this review. It's haunting. Entrancing. Captivating. It's also difficult to read. Highly polarizing. I want to yell at the book that this is not how faith works. This is not what Christianity is! And yet I identify. I've asked these questions. I've thought these thoughts. Time is fractured--the story is told in three voices, each with different starting points. Th...
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    Reading this novel, I was quickly drawn into the cruelties and complexities of Kwon’s world. Kwon's writing especially stands out to me: she uses unusual, vivid imagery to create an atmosphere of intensity. Take, for example, the following description of the narrator visiting his hometown:(view spoiler)[ “Outlines softened, salt in liquid; I felt how easily I could dissolve into the life I left behind.” (hide spoiler)]This is especially sui...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating story/book. On a college campus, Will, with a troubled childhood behind him and secrets of his own, meets Phoebe, a Korean born immigrant, daughter of an estranged Christian Reverend and strong, supportive mother, recently deceased. Will spent his childhood trying to "save" souls and save his mother. A third character sneaks into the life of Phoebe, feeling out the hole she has from her survivor's guilt, her anger at her father, her a...
  • Merry Miller moon
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** Phoebe is a promising and talented pianist who falls for Will while they both are students at Edwards College. Phoebe blames herself for the death of her mother when she was very young. It was a car crash and Phoebe walked away without a scratch, while her mother died of her injuries. Will is a smart and hard working student who works a part time job to afford colleg...
  • Darren Shaw
    1970-01-01
    I picked up The Incendiaries because the description on the jacket promises the female lead’s joining of a fundamentalist extremist cult, her involvement in that group’s acts of terrorism, her strange disappearance, and her boyfriend’s frantic search for her, or at the very least, for answers and resolution. Now that would have been an interesting book. But that was not this book. Or at least it was not the first 7/8 of this book. This book...