Vivian Apple At The End Of The World
By: Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple – Book 1
Available January 2015
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed “Rapture,” all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn’t looking for a savior. She’s looking for the truth.
This Blonde’s Review:
Vivian wants to understand what happened. One day her family is normal, and the next her parents tell her that they’ve suddenly become members of the Church of America and want her to believe what they do. Despite her seemingly easygoing nature I really loved her when she didn’t go along with what they wanted for her. She was willing to stand up and tell them no, she couldn’t believe what they wanted her to.
When her parents disappear leaving only two holes in the roof of their home on the night of the rapture she isn’t sure what to think. She still can’t believe that it could be true but she has doubts. Luckily she isn’t alone, she has her friends. Their race across the country reveals so many things about each of them and what really matters to them.
I really enjoyed this book. Standing for your beliefs when the people you care about want you to believe a certain thing can be difficult. When you face a country full of fear and people who want to use violence against nonbelievers, it was easy for many people to cave. Vivian and her friends did not. They stood strong in their desire to know the truth rather than following the crowd. I had so much respect for that.
The more they did and found out the more I loved Vivian, Harp, and Peter. They were flawed and imperfect but they were supportive. They were a family for each other when their own family was unable to be what they needed for them.
If you think you’d enjoy a book about a country that is falling apart under the strain of being left behind during the Rapture and teenagers who are searching for the truth, then you’ll enjoy this book. I did and can’t wait to find out what happened in the next book. I hope that in the next one we also get to hear more about what the rest of the world thinks of what was happening. The things we find out were surprising yet also not, so I can’t wait to see what happens with Vivian and her people in book two.