I ate pain. I swilled tears. If I could take enough in, I’d have no space left to fit my own.
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon is an adult literary novel following as a young man pieces together how his girlfriend found herself in a cult.
It’s written in a style I don’t think I’ve seen before. There is no dialogue. It’s written strictly as a guy trying to remember past events. Sometimes with the cult leader’s and girlfriend’s perspective. It took me a while to get used to, but it’s very interesting.
I can’t say I was invested in the characters per say, but I can’t deny I was invested in learning about how the story unfolded. It wasn’t a fun story, but it was a story I wanted to know the ending to. I did felt confused a lot. I’m not sure if I missed some themes or something in that confusion which is unfortunate.
There is terrorism in this story. Violence, pro-life extremists, and rape. Just as a warning.
Overall, I think this book was good. It’s short and quick but it packs a punch. I do think it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea though.