Blog Tour: The Incendiaries


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 group—a secretive extremist cult—founded 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 disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most. who lose what they love most.

My thoughts...

I'll be completely honest: this book wasn't for me. That's not to say it was a bad book, but I really struggled with it. If you enjoy slow burn books that are more reflective then you will most likely enjoy The Incendiaries. The blurb is a little deceptive in that a lot of the promised 'action' isn't so much a key plot line but more something that happens towards the end of the book. The book is more of a character study of Will and to an extent Phoebe and John. Something I also struggled with was the prose. There were a lot of extraneous words and descriptions which I'm sure many will love but really just tired me out! Regardless I wish R.O Kwon all the success with this book.  


 The Incendiaries is out now [here]

Huge thanks to Grace at Little, Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book for review.

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