Vivian Apple (Vivian Apple #1)
Publication Date: January 6th, 2016
What it’s About:
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed “Rapture,” all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn’t looking for a savior. She’s looking for the truth.
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I thought I would love this book, that I would be super excited to share it with you all. Unfortunately, I was left a tad underwhelmed.
The premise is really interesting, which hooked me from the beginning, but I thought it would be a roadtrip at the end of the world, with the characters literally dealing with the fallout of the Rapture. Don’t get me wrong, there is a roadtrip, and there is some chaos, but not as much as you would expect from a typical apocalypse story.
I feel like this is more of a “Coming of Age” story about Vivian. Her learning about herself, her family, and who she really is, or more aptly, who she wants to become. That in itself is not a bad thing, I just warn readers to expect more introspection, and less action.
When I first purchased this book, I didn’t realize there was a sequel. If I had, I would have read it in a different way. This book is more of an introduction to Vivian’s world, as it establishes the key players, the villains, and ultimately prepares us for more.
Overall, I liked this book. I didn’t love it but I liked it. It’s well-written, the characters are interesting, and the premise is unique for this genre. Put it this way, I liked it enough to want to read the sequel. Also, I’m wondering if this is in fact, a duology and not a series, because book #2 was released over 4 years ago.
Vivian Apple at the End of the World is worth a read, but it won’t be the actual end. Not in the way I was thinking anyway.