Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Katie Coyle / Jan 23, 2020

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives Our cynical protagonist seventeen year old Vivian Apple is awaiting the fated Rapture or rather the l

  • Title: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse
  • Author: Katie Coyle
  • ISBN: 9781471402173
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives Our cynical protagonist, seventeen year old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated Rapture or rather the lack of it Her evangelical parents have been in the Church s thrall for too long, and she s looking forward to getting them back Except that when Vivian arrives home theA chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives Our cynical protagonist, seventeen year old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated Rapture or rather the lack of it Her evangelical parents have been in the Church s thrall for too long, and she s looking forward to getting them back Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed Rapture , her parents are gone All that is left are two holes in the ceilingViv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been left behind , they embark on a road trip across America Encountering freak weather, roving Believer gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the New Orphans , Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

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      • Katie Coyle

        Katie Coyle s debut novel VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD was named one of the forty best YA novels of all time by Rolling Stone, and was followed by a sequel, VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE Her short fiction has won the Pushcart Prize, and has been featured in BEST AMERICAN NON REQUIRED READING, One Story, The Southeast Review, and Critical Quarterly, among others She lives in New Jersey with her husband, and blogs at katiecoyle.


    1. Vivian Apple at the End of the World is a breezy apocalyptic read that I appreciated, but came up short of loving. Published in 2014, the novel focuses on a model seventeen-year-old who not only watches freakish weather and economic recession rampage across the U.S but witnesses the rise of the Church of America, whose half-baked gospels instruct an alarming number of Believers how to be raptured into heaven on Judgment Day, while all others will be set on the road to damnation. When her parents [...]

    2. Nothing prepared me for this book. I mean it's young adult right? Get this. insta-love!no love triangleno damn Mary Sue!Vivian Apple is the main character and in the beginning I thought well she is kinda ho-hum. I loved her friend Harp (an Indian-American!). So I thought maybe I would enjoy some of the story at least.You have a cultish atmosphere with a man named Frick who seems to have brain-washed most of the world into believing the apocalypse is coming. The thing is people do disappear. Incl [...]

    3. Spoilers galore.What thefuckdid I just read.I thought this was going to be fantastic. I thought I'd found some sort of dystopian contemporary romance - which, if you know me or regularly prowl through my bookshelves, you'd guess would be perfect, right? I mean, look at that cover. That cover practically screams hipster. I love the font and the American wasteland image and the cool girl hovering above the ground in Converse and a yellow dress. I love the colours on it. So this book should have be [...]

    4. I guess much like the lead up to the apocalypse I steadily sped through this book at an ever increasing pace until the final 80 pages when you could not have pried it out of my hands despite my desperate need for sleep. This book is faced paced and excellent fun, just what you might expect from a young adult apocalyptic novel: we have a budding first romance, a trying but supportive friendship between two wonderful young women and a sense of excitement and exploration to keep them all going. On [...]

    5. 2.5 StarsHave you ever wanted to like a book so much that you actually tried to pretend you did? Like during the actual reading of the book, you feigned enthusiasm, ignored things that drove you crazy? I gave that a solid effort, but in the end, I just couldn't. I am sad about this, just so we're on the same page. It wasn't all bad either, it just simply wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped.What I Liked: Cults. Guys, religious cults are my jam. I am obsessed with them, and their origins, and how and w [...]

    6. I'm going to write a much longer review later, but here's a preview: THIS BOOK HAS A BADASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST WITH REAL AGENCY, AND IT'S TOTALLY AWESOME. #pullquote

    7. I don't know if I can express how much I disliked this book. Maybe it's disappointment coupled with wanting to pull my hair out after reading this painful excuse for a YA dystopian but if I ever hear about the titular heroine, Vivian Apple, again, it'll be too soon.Dystopian novels have a lot of promise. When the horrible events that happen in the real world don't make a lot of sense, sometimes it's helpful to be able to read one of these books and remind ourselves that things could be a whole l [...]

    8. Um bom entretenimento, às vezes bobinho, mas uma leitura divertida no geral. Acho que fico em **3.5**.O livro traz uma visão sobre religião, fanatismo e manipulação da sociedade de uma forma muito bacana. A adaptação e o conceito da religião no mundo do livro é bem diferente (até meio engraçado), mas serviu ao propósito e acabou sendo bem criativo. A forma como essa questão religiosa se amarrou, pra mim, foi surpreendente (difícil falar mais sem dar spoilers).Entretanto acho que o [...]

    9. This book is fantastic. Somehow, from the book description, I didn't quite get how complex the issues dealt with in the book actually are--Vivian's parents disappear in the Rapture, as the description says, but it's after converting to a huge new religion, one that takes over much of America. The religion is all the more horrible from how familiar it sounds: it encourages the rich to get richer ("God loves capitalism"), traditional gender roles (women are even expected to walk BEHIND their husba [...]

    10. As soon as I saw the cover and title of this book, I had to know what it was about - it looked contemporary but the title sounded a bit dystopian - with those being my favourite genres, I had to investigate! I read the description and it did sound fantastic. I was curious to see how the author would put this together and I hoped that it would work out well - thankfully it did!This isn't really like any other book that I've read and that is a fantastic thing. This is a contemporary, realistic boo [...]

    11. Huh. It's hard to know what to say about this book, and I'm still sorting thoughts out in my mind. It was definitely original, yet strangely disconcerting.Vivian Apple at the End of the World a post-apocalyptic cult story with a road trip. Just saying that illustrates a strange thing about the book: its tone was hard to interpret. Serious or satire? Humorous parody or biting social commentary? To me, it sort of veered back and forth between both.The book's premise is that, after a series of cata [...]

    12. Unexpected surprise: I really liked this!I'm shocked.This story poses so many interesting questions, so many possibilities. Is it being tongue-in-cheek? Is it being serious? Might there really be a rapture? Would the Left Behind start panicking for real? What would it be like to be a leftover child whose parents have been taken to a heaven you didn't actually think existed? How far is our country from being taken over by a Christian conglomerate that promotes "old-fashioned family values" for al [...]

    13. I couldn’t resist the idea of an Armageddon road trip and Vivian at the End of the World (originally published as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse) did not let me down--I read the book straight through because I couldn’t bear to stop. Sixteen-year-old Vivian had been on the meek side--she was the sort no one notices, including boys--but she’s not a blind follower so when natural disasters start piling up, a new religion’s prophecies predict the end of the world, her free-thinking friends are [...]

    14. Quick review for a progressive read. Dude, this book was a wild ride on the whole. I wasn't expecting much from "Vivian Apple at the End of the World", but for a dystopian novel about a religious rapture that takes place with a cross country road trip and self-discovery/conspiracy/family story rolled into one - it tackles a lot. That might be the reason why it's a story that's likely to be hit or miss. This book has a lot of religious contexts within it, but it's a part of the set piece of the w [...]

    15. Actual rating: 3 - 3.5YAY- Peter/Viv- Strong female friendship (challenged and developed)- Viv's struggle to becoming "the hero of her own story"- Genuine voice- The "Rapture", the "Church of America" concept was intriguing and pretty originalUGH- Emotional impact wasn't so strong- Sometimes confusing, inconsistent and a little hard to grasp (didn't feel realistic)

    16. This book was worth the wait list at the library. I've had my eye on it for some time before that, and I'm so glad that I'm not disappointed. I'm really really pleased, actually. I got everything that I wanted out of this book and then some. But there's very little that I'm willing to say about this book in detail, because I enjoyed reading it all with a fresh mind, so I think others should approach the book that way.The main players are easy enough to discuss. So often in YA novels female narra [...]

    17. Before getting into the story itself: one of the first things I always think about when I’m reading an America-centric book where outrageous things happen is what is the rest of the world thinking? Do they try to intervene or do they just think that if they give America enough time it’ll just get its act together? In the case of Vivian Apple at the End of the World, did the rest of the world just watch as the USA became overwhelmed with cultish fanatics of the Book of Frick—an odd gospel w [...]

    18. Originally reviewed on The Hardcover Lover.Vivian Apple at the End of the World is a different kind of YA novel. I've never read a book like it, and quite honestly, I don't expect to read anything like it or its sequels again.Coyle creates a new kind of America in this novel in which many of the citizens of the United States are now Believers of a new cult-like religion called The Church of America. I don't want to spoil anything for interested readers, but it's fascinating to see how much effor [...]

    19. "They had to have loved you. You're Vivian fucking Apple."This is a book I’d been wanting to read for ages. Usually this is the absolute death-knell of me actually liking said book, but in this case expectation actually matched outcome. So, the premise is that America has totally embraced a fundamentalist belief system led by a dodgy old corporate businessman where the rights of women and the LGBT community have been all but wiped out.Good job it’s fiction, eh? Imagine if that happened in re [...]

    20. This is the best kind of Young Adult book because it is asking readers to question the world around you, appreciate and cherish your friendships and be confident and true to yourself.Vivian Apple lives in an alternative America where there are constant natural disasters and disease and the world is dying. Along comes a new religion, "The Church of America" which convinces people the Rapture is coming and will save them. Vivian doesn't belive, but her parents do, and on the night of the Rapture h [...]

    21. "They had to have loved you. You're Vivian fucking Apple."The commentary on religion in this book was a focal point and quite refreshing. The dialogue between the characters made sure to give perspective to both the sides taken by non-believers and the devout. It continuously reminded readers that the most important thing is to love and be kind above all else. The main romantic relationship was a reflection of this philosophy and wasn't nausea inducing by any means. I think it felt real. It remi [...]

    22. Thanks to Audiobook SYNC, you can grab the audio version of this title thru Wednesday (5/11) for FREE! Details here.This was one strange, strange little book. Observations on religious extremism and atheism aside, I'm still not really sure what this book was about. Was it supposed to be Vivian discovering what her own beliefs were in the midst of the Rapture? Because I feel like she forestalled ever figuring out her own thoughts on the matter by calling everyone else's beliefs into question, unt [...]

    23. When I started reading VIVIAN, I expected a lot. I expected what I had been told to expect: A dystopic road trip across Rapture-ravaged America. And that's what I got. But there's so much more to VIVIAN than just another road trip YA novel, or just another dystopian YA novel. Vivian Apple is, in the words of Katie Coyle, a girl who does stuff. Vivian is the best female protagonist of a YA book this side of Gemma Doyle. Her personal growth throughout the book is tangible. She instigates road trip [...]

    24. A book about the apocalypse that isn't of the "proselytising 'REPENT or else!' " genre? Yep. This is it.Vivian's parents, along with a large proportion of the American population, have converted to the Church of America, a cult group that has, through huge marketing efforts and some well-timed fortuitous forecasts of natural disasters picked up large numbers of terrified new members. Today is the day they have forecast for the end of the world and the Rapture of all true believers. Vivian return [...]

    25. While the musings on religion and extremism were interesting -- most especially the connection with consumerism -- the bulk of the story didn't work for me. I found Vivian uninteresting throughout, and even though she though she became bold and brave, she was there from the beginning. (view spoiler)[ She doesn't recognize that, of course, until the end when she has to walk away from her own mother.(hide spoiler)] Which was good for her, but it made her entire character arc pretty dull and uninte [...]

    26. Well written and fascinating reading but I'm left a bit conflicted on this book as I'm not too certain if now how I felt about it. The story was engaging and interesting throughout. It is set in a world directly after several thousands of 'believers' have disappeared off to a 'better place' as prophesied by a preacher is charge of a new religion based on Christianity where the worshiped are almost fanatical. I did find it interesting and I loved the world building around it. You can almost see h [...]

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