Book Review: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

The most fruitful book club discussion I have had to date has been centered around this book.



3.5 disco balls

Published: July 31, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Literary Fiction, Religion

After finishing this one I had to let my thoughts marinate a bit.

I am calling the writing vibe: eerie flow. I just made that up, but it sounded right. The whole tone and the build up to the end left me feeling…I can’t find the right word to verbalize my feeling.

When Phoebe seeks solace with a religious cult, its unsettling to the reader. Through alternating chapters you read her perspective, the cult leader’s John Leal, and her boyfriend Will’s; but, all these perspectives are from Will’s point of view. Man, my brain is processing so many thoughts.

It was not my usual read – and I still have no clue how I feel – but it will certainly make for an interesting book club meeting. I had my book club discussion on this already and it was the most time we ever spent discussing the actual book (the whole book club session!). There was so much content – whether one liked the story or not – that we focused on (I won’t name them in fear of offering spoilers, but you get the idea). It was one of my most fruitful book club meetings yet.

I do admire how the author told the story.

Author, Victoria Namkung, interviewed The Incendiaries author, R.O. Kwon, and after reading it I felt I understood the story a bit better. Check out her interview here.

Have you read The Incendiaries? And/or have a book club book that led to an engaging discussion? Do tell!


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20 thoughts on “Book Review: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

  1. i adore your reviews and I love how you used the phrase “erie flow”. Sometimes it’s so hard to describe how a book makes you feel.

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