The Incendiaries

The Incendiaries

Large Print - 2018
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will finds himself struggling to confront a new version of the fanaticism he's worked so hard to escape. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781683249795
1683249798
Branch Call Number: [LP] FIC/KWON
Characteristics: 224 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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caitlinxmartin
Dec 14, 2018

I really wanted to like this, but it is in many ways a cheap knockoff of Donna Tartt's much better novel - The Secret History. It has plenty of literary flourishes to keep critics happy, but at its core it is duplicative and shallow, grazing the surface of its characters and moving on to the next shiny thing.

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Linyarai
Nov 14, 2018

I was not impressed by this, I found the plot really slow and the characters unrelatable, and I just wasn't into it.

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pdegens
Nov 01, 2018

Empty boring college age folks doing empty boring college age things.
Book is short and the writing moves it along.
However, the characters are not really interesting and at page 100 after many tedious activities (i.e. went to Cape Cod, went to China, went to New York City, confessed ) I put the book down.

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bookycakes
Aug 06, 2018

I don't know where the reviewers got all their detailed information from. This is literary fiction at its most irritating and frustrating.
It’s all nonsense.
I suppose they want you to be sucked into the strange, empty white space where more words belong and feel like you’re in a fog, searching without end for answers in a disconcerting story that rambles and switches gears over and over. I've read books that explore similar themes without romanticizing it to the point of being unreadable, weird and wonderful novels that actually DO have dazzling prose that isn't described as such just because the sentences are chopped to bits.

Pass on this one and ask me if you want a novel that will feel strange and wonderful instead of just confusing.

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