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Vivian Apple at the End of the World
ISBN: 9780544668676
Author: Coyle, Katie
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: June 2016
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In thisdarkly comedic road trip novel, seventeen year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture"to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.


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BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Dystopian
- Young Adult Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Religious - Christian - Social Issues
Dewey: FIC
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Coyle, Katie: - Katie Coyle grew up in Fair Haven, New Jersey, and has an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
The cultish Church of America has converted masses into Believers anticipating the Rapture. Sixteen-year-old Vivian and best friend Harp throw an ironic Rapture party; the next morning Vivian discovers her Believer parents have vanished along with thousands of others. Determined to track them down, she embarks on a daring road trip. Coyle's debut is a unique, unpredictable apocalypse story starring a relatable protagonist.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #1)
A stirring prologue from something called "The Book of Frick" introduces a contemporary America plagued by terrorist attacks, school shootings, natural disasters, wars, and economic suffering -- a country ready to listen to evangelical prophet Beaton Frick, whose apocalyptic preaching had long been dismissed. In just a few years, the cultish Church of America has converted masses into Believers anticipating the Rapture. Flash forward: sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend Harp throw an ironic Rapture party and wake the next morning with an I-told-you-so attitude. Then Vivian goes home to find her Believer parents gone, two holes smashed through the ceiling: vanished, like thousands of others. Suddenly there's looting, schools are shut down, Believers who weren't Raptured grow increasingly extreme, and the country becomes dangerous for Non-Believers. But Vivian is unwavering in her skepticism and determined to track down her parents. She has a hunch that answers may lay in California and, with no one and nothing left to lose, Vivian and Harp embark on a daring road trip with cute stranger Peter, who mysteriously has insider Church knowledge. Coyle's debut (first published in Great Britain in 2013) is a unique and unpredictable apocalypse story steeped in tension and creepy atmosphere, with intelligent commentary on Fundamentalism and corporate influence in America; it's also an empowering coming-of-age adventure starring a relatable protagonist who successfully becomes "the hero of [her] own story." katrina hedee Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 October #3)

Level-headed straight-A student Vivian Apple and her wild best friend Harp are among those left behind after thousands of believers in the evangelical Church of America are "Raptured," exactly as prophesied by the church's founder, Beaton Frick. After receiving a mysterious phone call from California, the girls, wondering if their vanished parents might still be alive, drive cross-country in search of the truth behind the church, whose popularity has skyrocketed in the wake of national tragedies. Along for the ride is cute but cagey Peter, who knows more about the organization's inner workings than he's letting on. Coyle imagines an America in which politics, capitalism, and entertainment, and religion have combined to create a culture of intolerance and judgment that doesn't end with the Rapture. The result is a scathing commentary on contemporary religiosity and fear-mongering in the face of the unknown, as well as the extent to which we surrender ourselves to interests that are not our own. Skillful plot twists, mordant humor, and careful characterizations make this a memorable coming-of-age story and a noteworthy debut. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, Gernert Company. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 9 Up—The reclusive leader of the Church of America has declared that the Rapture will occur in late March of an unspecified 21st-century year. While Believers prepare as they've been instructed, others host or attend Rapture's Eve parties. Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend Harpreet Janda fall into the latter category, but Vivian's parents are devout Believers. The morning after Harp's party, Vivian goes home to find her house empty. She searches, but there's no message from her parents: only two person-sized holes in the roof above their bedroom. Certain that her parents haven't really been "raptured," the teen sets out to drive across the country in search of them, along with Harp and the mysterious Peter, whom they met at the Rapture's Eve festivities. As their journey progresses, the trio discovers that post-rapture America has become paranoid, insular, and most of all, dangerous. The protagonists are more developed than the secondary characters, which rings true in this road trip novel. The plot moves slowly at times but keeps readers fully immersed in this bleak story. Recommend to mature readers, especially those who enjoy postapocalyptic narratives or fans of Jeri Smith-Ready's This Side of Salvation (S. & S., 2014).—Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, Los Alamitos, CA

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