Monday, 22 August 2016

Book Review | Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle

My rating: 8/10
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse review
Published: January 6th 2015
Pages: 262
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse, or Vivian Apple at the End of the World as it is known in America is set in an America that has been taken over the thought that there is going to be an apocalypse, and anyone who doesn't worship at the Church of America won't be saved by the rapture.

Vivian Apple, the main character in the story is a firm non-believer in the Church of America, despite the fact that her parents are hardcore believers until one day Vivian comes home to find two holes in her ceiling and her parents to be nowhere in site. After realising that this is the case in many households Vivian sets off on a road trip to discover what has really happened to those who have been 'raptured' with her best friend Harp who is bit of a wild child, and Peter, who they have only just met and is clearly not letting on to all that he knows.

The theme of a cult is one that I love and find really interesting. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse does a great job of creating a believable cult that is posed as the Church of America which really gives you an insight into how brainwashing can happen to anyone given the right circumstances, and how this can become such a big threat.

There is also a great air of mystery to this book, surely there isn't such a thing as a rapture, so where have all these thousands of people who has disappeared gone to? This is just one of the many questions Vivian hopes to answer by taking her road trip.

My only issue with this book is with how it ended. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse has a sequel, and I felt that everything should have been wrapped up in one book. The pacing was great with lots of events happening throughout but I found the ending to be a bit anti-climatic. Having said this though, I've not yet read the sequel so I'm sure Katie Coyle has lots more in store for us.

For anyone who enjoys conspiracy theories, anything cult related or mysterious young adult I would definitely read Vivian Versus the Apocalypse. It's a very fun and intriguing read and I can't wait to delve into the sequel.

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