Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Release Date - January 2015

Katie Coyle
HMH Books for Young Readers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

The end of the world is coming and Vivian Apple's parents have bought into it. Vivian doesn't believe it, however, nor does her friend Harp. Yet, thousands if not millions are buying into the words of the Church of America, including Vivian's parents. When rapture happens, true believers will be taken to heaven and everyone else will stay and watch the earth come to an end.

After a New Year's Eve party, Vivian returns home the next morning to find her mother and father gone. Two holes in the roof are the only things that remain. Thousands of other believers also vanished, thought not all of them.

Vivian is stunned, and soon finds herself with the maternal grandparents she barely knows. It's there that she gets a weird phone call where the caller never speaks a word, but she's convinced it must be her mother. She teams up with Harp and a boy she met at the party named Peter. They begin a cross-country trip to uncover the truth behind the reclusive founder of Church of America and find out what happened to all of the people who disappeared.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World is a bit post-apocalyptic, but not completely.  With so many people left behind, things keep going, but there's definitely a shift too. It becomes an intriguing mystery to find out what happened, if there even is an explanation. You'll find  yourself turning pages rapidly as Vivian, Peter, and Harp unravel the truth.

By the end of the book, I didn't really know how I felt. I can't give away spoilers, but there are aspects that from an adult viewpoint left me shaking my head. Definitely read this one and see what you think!


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