If you haven't read this book, you've at least seen it on Instagram. (Note to self: when I write my own book someday, shell out the big bucks on cover design). Unfortunately, it wasn't my cup of tea, and I've pulled together a few thoughts to explain why.
First things first, the story was missing a few things:
1. Punctuation. Frankly, I do not understand this trend of omitting quotation marks to indicate a character is speaking. Perhaps my seventh grade teacher did TOO good of job at engraining basic grammar rules in me (unlikely), but it made for a tough time following conversations.
2. A consistent timeline. In this regard, The Incendiaries was like an HBO series on steroids.
3. A clear POV. If the lack of quotation marks and time-hopping wasn't confusing enough, add the fact it follows multiple characters with little rhyme or reason.
Interestingly enough, the point that irritated me the most is that I finished the book without understanding what the word "INCENDIARY" even means. Is that on me? Probably. But clearly there were a few other points that kept this book from capturing my heart.
In my reviews I aim to be unbiased & steer clear of major spoiler-alerts (no promises though!)