Title: Vivian Apple at the End of the World
Author: Katie Coyle
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The book seemed very "real." Almost all of the prominent characters in the book are down-to-earth and focused on real-world problems. Each one also had a unique identity and voice - some were cliché, some very new, but they all made the story seem deep and relatable. They talked like real people and acted like real people. I felt like I could know them and their situations.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book focused a lot on modern religious issues, which I think many kids, Christian or not, may find as interesting as I did. It made for a very different but also much more realistic and believable apocalypse story.
Cover: The cover looked simple enough - a girl in a dress, rising up from the ground into the light from above - but it wasn't until later that I realized how thought-provoking it was. It seemed a bit contradictory at first since the main character gets "left behind," but the idea of "ascension" doesn't have to be in the religious sense.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q - Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: When thousands of Americans, all caught up in a shady church cult, are suddenly "Raptured" one night, Vivian Apple and her friends hit the road. Not the one to salvation, but the one to the truth.
tags: coming of age / mystery / road trip / apocalypse / ya lit