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Vivian Apple at the End of the World

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Staff Review: "Vivian Apple at the End of the World" by Katie Coyle

★★★★★

Unlike her parents, who are devoted followers of the Church of America and the teachings of Beaton Frick, sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple does not believe the prophesized Rapture event will occur, and she attends a Rapture’s Eve party at the home of her friend Harp. However, Vivian returns home the next morning to discover two holes in the roof and no sign of her parents. Vivian does not believe that her parents have actually been raptured, but that does not change the fact that her life has been irrevocably changed. Many Believers who were left behind are angry and confused not to have been taken, and the ranks of new Believers swell each day. There’s word that a second “Rapture” will follow in a few months and Believers new and old are eager to prove their devotion and punish those who do not share their convictions. It’s an increasingly volatile and dangerous world. Inspired by a hunch and a desire to take action, Vivian, Harp, and a new acquaintance set off onto a road trip to track down her parents and find the truth behind the rapture. While this book has the trappings of a typical road trip novel, it is not a light-hearted cross-country adventure—traveling any distance is dangerous. It is an engaging, darkly humorous story of a young woman willing to shed pre-existing conceptions of herself (and is not afraid to wield a sledgehammer). Vivian’s personal journey is a compelling one worth sharing. Fans of This Side of Salvation are likely to enjoy this book, as well as those who appreciate realistic fiction with a strong dose of satire.

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction

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