I received this book for free from ARC, BEA - Book Expo in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company on 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Christian, Dystopian, General, Religious, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: ARC, BEA - Book Expo
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.
I was enjoying this book in the beginning, I found the story about the church and what was happening in the world really interesting. I realized this book shows how people tend to follow along with the masses, how a simple belief can turn into a way of life for some, then the rapture happens and I sort of feel like everything just fell apart. I started to get confused by what was going in the story and with the characters. It honestly didn’t make sense to me but I didn’t hate it either. I was invested in the 3 main character and wanted to see what happens.
Vivian is a strong character but her confusion was confusing me. I liked Peter and Harp, I felt sad for all of them having lost so much. The rapture had taken almost everything from them all and you can see how it was affecting them. I thought at some point the story kind of went in a strange direction and some of the characters maybe didn’t need to be made that important or could have even been left out, however I do hope in the next book you find out more about the people that kind of just stopped being in the book. As I got closer to the end I was worried that I wasn’t going to like this book however a few twists and turns later I was really starting to like it and by the time it ended I kept thinking I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. This book started out interesting then got a little lost in the middle but what happened at the end really made me like this book a lot more than I thought I would.
recommend: yes I would this is a really interesting reading regardless, it was rather enjoyable.
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