Phoebe, the main character, is a free spirit and a bit scatterbrained; but it's she who the cult is impressionable. Perhaps the poetic style of prose and multiple points of view were necessary to connect the two, but it made the book slow to digest. It became readable much later, but the author R.O. Kwon didn't disappoint; I finished The Incendiaries well satisfied.
Readers of The Incendiaries might be interested in This Life or the Next by the Norwegian Demian Vitanza.
A review of The Incendiaries (R.O. Kwon).
Originally published to a different social media account on the date above.
Recommender/Reference: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Note: I was able to meet Kwon during her book signing in Harrisburg prior to my reading the book.
Related: "This Life or the Next"
Related: "The Osaze Project" (2020)
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