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Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (Vivian Apple #1)

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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 the ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Hot Key Books (first published August 5th 2013)
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Katie
Dec 22, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yo this book is pretty solid.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Nothing prepared me for this book. I mean it's young adult right? Get this..
no insta-love!
no love triangle
no 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. I
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Jess
Spoilers galore.

What the fuck did 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 hav
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Jean Menzies
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 ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
2.5 Stars

Have 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
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Salvatore Pane
Apr 23, 2013 Salvatore Pane rated it it was amazing
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
Ami
Jan 12, 2015 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Victor Almeida
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 livro não apro
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La Coccinelle
Jan 08, 2015 La Coccinelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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 whol
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
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
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Erica
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
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Jen
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
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Jaylia3
Nov 11, 2014 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 attacke ...more
Bailey
I read this in 24 hours and it was totally worth it.
Brittany
Jan 30, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-donezo
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
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Bark's Book Nonsense
The audio is free @ SYNC today, 5/9/16.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Jan 26, 2015 Hazel (Stay Bookish) rated it liked it
Shelves: own-copy-read
Actual rating: 3 - 3.5

YAY
- 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 original

UGH
- Emotional impact wasn't so strong
- Sometimes confusing, inconsistent and a little hard to grasp (didn't feel realistic)
Karen ⊰✿
Jun 08, 2016 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooksync
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
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Claire
Jul 21, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 which c ...more
Steph
Jul 21, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, reviewed
"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
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Erin Lynn
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
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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
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Kelly
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) Which was good for her, but it made her entire character arc pretty dull and unint ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
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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Alexa
Oct 08, 2013 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ladies, 2013, ya
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
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Katy Noyes
Dec 11, 2013 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing
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
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Marie Gentilcore
May 14, 2016 Marie Gentilcore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, audiobook, sync
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. It starts out on rapture eve and the next day Vivian finds two holes in her ceiling and her parents missing. I liked the way the story keeps you guessing about what happened on rapture day and I enjoyed Vivian's search for answers. I didn't like the way the story seemed to lean toward atheism but I enjoyed the story overall and am anxious to read the sequel.
Bruna Miranda
Não é a melhor leitura da vida, mas tem um tema MUITO bom - fanatismo religioso, crise mundial, capitalismo, aquecimento global. Tive alguns problemas com a personagem principal, mas não entra no clichê "mimimi, coitada de mim". Como é só o primeiro livro da série espero que ela ainda vá se desenvolver muito ao longo da trilogia/série, mas fiquei ansiosa mesmo é pra ver o rumo que a história em geral vai tomar. Curti :)
Katrina
Mar 10, 2015 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always knew I liked Katie Coyle as a human being and internet-friend, but now I love her as a novelist.
Anne
May 23, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. Full review coming at some point this week.
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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 wit ...more
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“Don't be the kind of person who sees groups instead of people.” 11 likes
“The way we live our lives is not sustainable. I don’t just mean recycling and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. I mean the way we treat each other. The way we pick and choose whose lives are important – who we actually treat as human. There is nobody on this earth whose life is not of value. And that includes those of us who have been left behind. Maybe they did go to some Christian heaven. But what I’m saying is, we’re good people too. We’re worthwhile people. I’d vouch for every last one of you.” 6 likes
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