Vivian Versus America
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And the award for most confusing book titles goes to - you may have guessed-: Vivian Apple Versus America.
I definitely was confused because the American and UK names for this duology are completely different from each other and it doesn't make the slightest of sense with me.
Just to make things clear:
The first book is either Vivian Apple At The End Of The World or Vivian Apple Versus The Apocalypse.
The second and concluding book ...more
I love Vivian Apple. Completely selfless and reckless, she and Harp are off again to try to figure out what's going on with the Church of America, the rapture and what has happened to Peter.
I love that this idea - this new church and rapture - feels new. It has a twist I haven't read before. I also love the humor. There's a serious part where Harp is explaining to Vivian what happened and Harp says something so funny she has to stop ...more
Confession time! I was expecting to not like this book. Is that bad? That's probably bad. I mean, I didn't love the first one, but I was curious and needed to know how it ended so... you understand. But guess what?
I really liked it! See, my problems with the first book were mostly believability issues. In the sequel, the groundwork was already set, so I didn't really have time to dwell on those things, as they weren't present in this one ...more
If criticizing organized religion and corporatocracy is your jam, and you can suspend your disbelief a leeeetle bit, these books are probably for you. There certainly is a good deal of, let's say, implausibility, but that's what makes these books fun. They're sort of an atheist teenage ...more
Okay, so it wasn't a real cliffhanger, but I really do want to know more about what happens to America and to the world after the business with the Church of America.
I really love Harp and Vivian and Winnie and Peter. It's scary to think how gullible people are.
I enjoyed it a lot and I'm sad that it's a duology.
So the rapture happened, or didn’t, and now everyone’s waiting for the second boat and society is still pretty much falling to bits and no one save two seventeen year olds is questioning the fact that the Church of America seem to be doing extraordinarily well, financially, out of this whole apocalypse thing ...more
My experience with this is very similar to my experience with the Across the Universe books. The first book was okay, and had enough interesting things going on that I was curious how it ended, and hoped that the sequel would improve the things that annoyed me. But, like the AtU series, the second book did not, in fact, improve things for me. Instead, it got annoying.
Likes: Still the friendship between Viv and Harp. Still the complicated family dynamic ...more
I didn't like this one as much as the first, but it wasn't bad. It g ...more
This was far more dystopian feeling than the first one, but still pretty enjoyable. I love the concept of this ridiculously capitalist church taking advantage of global environmental changes to convince people that God is super pissed at the planet and wants people to spend money in His name.
The first one was more of a roadtrip story, and despite the dystopian elements, it was still pretty full of typical roadtrip humour. This one was pretty much straight up dystopian, and had a lot ...more
Overall I felt like this was a great end to the duology, everything was explained and I felt like the characters were really fleshed out, my favorite thing is thinking about Vivian at the beginning of the first book and then Vivian at the e ...more
nothing happened for so long, then lots of things happened, then another long stretch... the only thing this book has going for it is length. it's short. it doesn't mean it's a quick read, because the pacing and plot are basically non-existent. really, it does nothing to add to the first book.
This is my first book review, and I’m mostly writing it for myself. Well, my future self. My two-years-from-now – self, who will see this series on my bookshelf and will, in my typical fashion, only remember very little about it, because that’s just how my infuriating brain works.
I will remember tiny scenes, a plot point here and there but mostly just a vague feeling about the overall story and I will undoubtedly put it on my ever growing reread pile. Why? Because I’ll have no other way of helpi
"I wish I could see things as clearly as you do," Winnie says after a long moment. "It's really black-and-white for you, isn't it? Good versus evil, Believers versus Non-Believers, you versus the whole world."
"That's not how I see it. That's how it is."
"It's dangerous to say this stuff out loud. It's dangerous to tell the truth and believe it. If it's safer to say ...more
... what happened?
This is the second time this happens to me, I love the first book of a duology and then the second comes around and the main character is turned into the stereotypical YA heroine and suddenly I cannot.stand.her. and everything is annoying and cliché and the big resolution is underwhelming and things don't make sense and I just want to cry because I had such high hopes for the story.
And maybe that was my problem.
Vivian, oh Vivian, what happened to you? You were trying not to be ...more
Eh.. this one didn't hold my interest at all. The writing is good but the tone of it I didn't care for (the story's). I could see the direction it was heading in and didn't want to be on that train anymore *shrugs*
Better review to come . . .
Vivian Vs America is the sequel to Vivian Vs the Apocalypse, and it takes place right after the first one ends. Literally , right after, there is about 15 seconds between the end of the first book and the start of the second. Really it could have been one reasonably large book instead of two shortish ones, but it also works really well this way. Vivian’s story definitely follows two distinct arcs, and while I loved these books and I secretly wish the ...more