Review: Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Series: Vivian Apple #1
Publication: January 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Format: ARC
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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 road trip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivian Apple isn't looking for a savior — she's looking for the truth.

Religion, color, gender and race differentiate us all. White, black, brown, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, gay, lesbian, you name it, it's one of the world's biggest problem. We are discriminated by it. Because you are black, you don't belong to white. Because you're Asian, you don't belong to America. Because you're a Muslim, it's hard for you to apply for a work. Because you're a woman, you can't be a chemical engineer, it's a man's job. Because you're man, you can't marry another man. But in the end, we still live only in our beliefs and we survive. We don't want to be offended on how we live our lives, on how we choose our paths. It's us, it's mine, it's yours. It's just that differentiation exist and we can't escape from it.

Vivian Apple turned out to be a girl who live on what she believes. She has no religion to trust her faith unto but only herself. She has her Indian-American bestfriend Harp who believes what Vivian believes. These girls did not show enthusiasm to the outspread Believer phenomenon but both their parents do. After the Rapture, Viv's eagerness to know where her parents broke loose. She started to wander the interstate with Harp and an orphic friend, Peter.

On finding for the truth, Vivian showed her keenness. She's a strong willed seventeen-year-old girl with an unforced support of Harp, who, at the same time is potent. Peter, a mysterious type of a character, showed doubtful feelings to Vivian. The three demonstrated how questionable the line between fact and fiction. Only that this Believer cult lead them non-Believers to suffer from hunger, threats and even death.

Coyle wrote Vivian Apple at the End of the World fairly. It was to show one's belief. Not only from Vivian's perspective but also from the adults around her. Wambaugh happens to be a teacher of Viv who she loves the most because of her fair-mindedness.

Written with friendship and empowered youth, and lies hidden from parents and nation betrayal, Vivian Apple at the End of the World is an original crisp of YA Dystopia. Perfect for readers with a taste of wittiness and love for a chilling sight of secularization and gender discrimination.


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Source: Author and Publisher · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Yani

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë:
"And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright unclouded day."

15 comments

  1. I have this on my TBR!!! I've seen mixed reviews of this book so I guess it really depends on the reader. Well I'm glad you enjoyed it Yani! Looks like it's a story with depth. I hope I'll like it as much as you did. Great review!! <3

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    1. Hi Paula! Yep, I have read them too. You're right, it really depends on the reader because of the religion thingy and NO INSTA-LOVE. :( But I enjoyed it anyway. We don't need the insta love always on YA books. I hope you'll like it! Thanks. :))

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  2. Oh this one sounds like a different and interesting story. It's the first time I hear about it but I'm intrigued. thanks for the review.

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  3. The first paragraph of your review is the most accurate thing ever and it pains me that this is a thing still. This is something I really want to explore and I love that it gives such a different and important spin on the dystopian genre. Also, Vivian is a character who, at least seemingly, appeals to me so I wouldn't mind spending some quality time with her :) Thanks so much for introducing this book to me, Yani!

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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    1. Yeah, I hate DIFFERENTIATION a lot. It is really a pain to all of us. I never thought dystopia would have such kind of book and it's good! Glad Vivian appealed to you. :) I hope you will enjoy her along your read! You're welcome, Siiri. :>

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  4. That is by far one of the most passionate statements I've ever read, that first paragraph is simply epic Yani. My goodness, such beauty <3

    This sounds brilliant, I love books that leave the reader in thought and aren't afraid to explore all the misgivings that society can't seem to shake. That it questions not only religion, but the introduction of what sounds more cult. I'm absolutely fascinated and can't wait to grab a copy. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Yani and thanks for putting it on my radar, I'd never heard of this one before.

    Phenomenal review, absolutely ADORED it! <3

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    1. Oh. My. God. KELLY, I cannot believe this. You complimented my review! This is beyond adorable! As I said on Twitter, I had goose bumps when I read your tweet then this! I don't know how to reply your comment but I am trying. :D

      I can't wait for you to read this! I am so glad too that you liked my review and planning to have a copy of Vivian. You're welcome, Kelly. :) And thanks again.

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  5. I really love this blog and have followed you on Goodreads and Bloglovin. Thanks for stopping by my own and I hope we can follow each other and be friends!

    As for this book, it does really sound interesting. I haven't read too many books about cults, religion and the differences they cause. So maybe this will be an enlightening read for me :)

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    1. I have followed you back, too, Olivia! Thank you so much. Of course, I would love to be your friend. :D

      I hope this book will be cool on you! Yeee! I cannot wait for you to read it.

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  6. Aw, you have such a beautiful blog - I really like the blog layout & your writing style. The first paragraph of your novel is beautiful & I can tell you're very passionate about it. I've heard many great things about this novel, so I hope it's as great as it sounds - wonderful review overall :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Thank you Benish! You too have a lovely blog. :) It was my first passionate review ever. It's my first time to get comments this much. :D Thank you again. I hope it's a great read for you, too.

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  7. I've been eyeing this book for some time now and I'm glad you liked it! I hope to get to it soon. Thanks for the review, Yani!

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    1. Aaaah! Read it, Dianne. I hope you will like it as much as I do. You're welcome. :)

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