“Just before midnight that night, I stand barefoot in the grass in a borrowed dress, drinking champagne out of a plastic cup and looking at the stars. There’s a party going on in the abandoned mansion behind me, organized by my best friend, the indefatigable Harp, the one who loaned me the dress and secured the champagne.”
Over the past three years more and more people have started to believe the Book of Frick. The claims that the world will end on March 24th are believed by many, Vivian and Harps parents included. The Church of America is one of the main reason the two of them are best friends, neither believes that the Rapture is coming and celebrate the eve of the Rapture with drinks and loud music. When Vivian returns to her parents house to find them gone, reports of thousands of disappearances and non-believers taking notice of the impending apocalypse. With sings pointing to clues about her family on the opposite side of the country, Viv embarks on a journey of discovery with her best friend and a boy with the bluest eyes and the kindest heart she has ever known.
I didn’t really know what to expect with Vivian versus the Apocalypse. It sounded really interesting and I wanted to know more. Thankfully Vivian delivered and within its pages I found romance, friendship and a world that was crumbling due to matters beyond the control of the characters, but characters who were more than willing to help combat the deterioration.
The story was fascinating, especially for me as a bit of a feminist and someone who isn’t sure what she believes when it comes to religion. The idea of the Church of America really wound me up with its unfair stance on sexuality, women and people of colour. It seemed in some parts of the book that the world had been pushed back decades. It takes a lot to get from a world closely resembling our own to the world that was born during the events of the book and to make it so realistic was really impressive. Considering this book is a debut from Katie Coyle I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down.
There had obviously been a lot of thought put into the beliefs of the church, the reactions to the rapture and other aspects of the book and I could tell a lot of research had been done by the author. The book made me question things about how passive humans can be and even my own ideas and attitude towards things. The characters each had their own battles and I think I loved Harp the most because she had very little before the rapture, and even less after it, yet she carried on and she was the one fighting the most, even though she didn’t see it.
I am torn with the ending on this book, I am not going to lie. I wanted more answers and I hope that those left unanswered are a sign that a second book is forthcoming. However I adored the exchange between two of the characters at the end of the book and just how much it showed those characters had changed during the course of the book.
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse was published on September 5th by Hot Key books. My copy was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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