Synopsis from Goodreads
A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ - or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…
Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.
REVIEW BY GWEN – YEAR 8
When I first saw the book Vivian Versus the Apocalypse I really didn’t know what to expect, but when I started reading I was drawn in by Katie Coyle’s dramatic, shocking, action packed and romantic novel. This book is written in the first person where Vivian is telling the plot. The novel often left me thinking, if I was in the position of Vivian what would I do?
One of the things I liked about the book is seeing how Vivian changes from being a girl that was very meek, shy and clueless, who always tried to please her parents to being an independent woman that is prepared for anything for the people that have been there for her and she loves most in the world.
I think this gripping story has been written especially for teenagers but be warned this book contains some strong language!
I enjoyed the fact that this book was set on a road trip because it lead them to different places, this made sure that the plot did not get tedious or dragged on.
Personally I think that the meaning to this book was that you can do anything you want in life but it’s not always easy, you will have to work for it and also that friendship is a very important skill you will need in life.
The thing that mostly shocked me in this book and there were a lot of moments were I thought `what just happened’ but the most memorable was the twist ending which I was never expecting but I thought it was very effective and it left me wanting to read more.
I would recommend this novel and there is going to be a sequel called Vivian Versus America which comes out on September 4, 2014.