Friday, February 13, 2015

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 6, 2015

Summary: "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 road trip 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."  --From Goodreads

Vivian Apple at the End of the World didn't draw me into its pages right at the beginning.  I started (and finished) another book while reading this one.  Vivian was very ho hum at the start of the book.  She wasn't a believer, thought that the Rapture was just another fad.  But!  Lo and behold, her parents actually disappear!  Vivian goes on a road trip with her best friend to find out what happened to her parents.  They (of course) have really weird things happen to them, and they meet a few different (and weird) people on their way to find out the truth.  

Vivian grew into being a strong, confident woman.  She began to make her own decisions and not depend on others for opinions.  One major theme throughout the book is the question, "What do you believe?".  Over time, she does learn how to answer that question for herself.

I gave this book three stars because of how boring the plot was.  There was very little conflict between the people left behind from the Rapture.  There were a few stories about looting, but the main characters did not experience any of these things firsthand.  I'll read the sequel if they ever publish it in the United States.  There were a few things that weren't tied up at the ending, so I hope she addresses those concerns in the sequel.

Disclosure: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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