Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle


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.

The book was a pleasant surprise! I had zero expectations going in, and I was wonderfully amazed by the heartfelt, complex story and the often hilarious, honest characters.

Vivian was by far my favorite character; she felt so concrete and dynamic. She was dealing with a lot of grief, as well as fighting alongside her friends against the oncoming apocalypse, and she handled them both in a very realistic way. I thought that Harp and Peter were great side characters as well; Peter the shy love interest and Harp the loud, confident best friend.

This book did feel very long, even though it's barely over 250 pages. It dragged a bit. Also, and this is small, I have a problem with books where the main characters have unrealistic, over-the-top names (Fantasy and Sci-Fi excluded), so "Vivian Apple" was a little annoying to read whenever it popped up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. But I'm not sure if I feel the need to read the sequel.

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