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Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle

vivian appleVivian Apple at the End of the World
Katie Coyle
2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780544340114
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

It is Rapture Eve and Vivian and Harp are throwing an end of the world party. Midnight comes and goes with no noticeable difference. In the morning Vivian returns home, only to find her house empty and two holes in the ceiling of her parents room. The world is set on edge after a few thousand “Believers” were saved, and the rest continue to live with the sinful non-believers. As time goes by and circumstances fail to improve. Vivian and Harp decide to go on a road trip to try to get to the bottom of the Rapture and the Evangelical Church of America. Packing their bags and their heartache, the head out to either find out what happened to their families, or to make peace in not knowing.

I love books that include mass hysteria! The world is a strange place with illogical people that have illogical reactions to strange events. Now, I am not trying to be anti-religion, I am just saying that when our loved ones disappear, my first reaction would not be to forget about it and try to move on with my life. It also would not be to take up arms, and hurt and blame people for no reason. I would hope to attempt to band together as a society and help one another. Alas, I am not sure that is what the rest of the world would do. I liked the characters in this book. I liked that they went through such an intense process of grieving. I like the contrasting personalities throughout, including secondary characters. We learn that people and situations are not always as they seem on the surface. Major downfall: Totally unbelievable and inconsistent with reality. Lots of things – The first hurricane of the season being named Ruth, the fact that they had very little money and much less after certain events, yet they still managed gas at 13 dollars a gallon, and restaurants, and motels. Also, where were the adults, why didn’t any of them care about anything. Why did the entire country fall apart because a few thousand people out of more than 300 million disappeared? Where are the rest of the grown human beings, and what are they doing? Why were these three teenagers the only ones who are capable of or have the desire to figure out what happened and why? It doesn’t make much sense to me.


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