Anyway, I guess what I'm saying here is that I haven't had chance to read as much as I'd like to lately. My to-read pile is crazy and of course I found more to add to that when I was packing up all of the bookshelves. Argh.
But I'm rather pleased to be part of the blog tour for a lovely new book: The Incendiaries.
I struggled to get into this one because it uses the super annoying method: dialogue with no quotation marks, which I really struggle with.
However, once you look past that, it's a novel about fitting in. Our three main characters are Will, Phoebe and John Leal and the chapters whizz between each points of view. Will's main aim is to establish what had happened to cause Phoebe, his girlfriend, to be involved in something horrific. Since he spends a lot of his time leading up to the events being confused by her actions anyway, his thoughts can be rather hard to follow.
Eventually as the story unravels and things begin to make sense, with the reader left unsure who to actually tolerate, let alone like. Whilst it was good to get an understanding of things leading up to the horrific events, I'd have liked to get more of an insight into John Leal and the cult he was a part of. His story was only really mentioned by Will.
I read somewhere that this book was pipped to be another Little Fires Everywhere but I'm afraid I don't see it. I'd recommend it as an intriguing read, provided you can look past the flowery prose and the lack of quotation marks. See what the others thought on the blog tour, which continues all week.
|The Incendiaries: R.O. Kwon|