Vivian Apple at the End of the World
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 ...more
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 ...more
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:
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 ...more
This isn't really like any other book that I've read and that is a fantastic thing. This is a contemporary, realistic boo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book has a lot of religious contexts within it, but it's a part of the set piece of the w ...more
- 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
- Emotional impact wasn't so strong
- Sometimes confusing, inconsistent and a little hard to grasp (didn't feel realistic)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 real l ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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