Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

20256737Our library is participating in AudioFile’s Sync program, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Check it out here: http://www.audiobooksync.com/

I downloaded this book via Sync, and I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, as the book description seemed vague. I was delighted to learn that the book starts out in Pittsburgh, PA, my hometown, and I smiled every time the author referenced the streets and neighborhoods that I was familiar with.

Vivian Apple is a 17-year-old girl whose parents joined the Church of America, a “Christian cult.” The book begins on the night of Rapture’s Eve (the Prophet Frick had predicted the date that his church would be Raptured). The next morning, sure enough, Vivian’s parents, and her best friend Harp’s parents, are missing, with evidence showing that they were, in deed, Raptured. Vivian and Harp don’t believe that, though. Thousands of believers have disappeared, but even more believers have not. Were they just not good enough? Or were they left behind in order to harvest more souls for God’s kingdom when the second Rapture happens (predicted to occur 6 months after the first rapture). Vivian receives a mysterious phone call, which she traces to San Francisco, and along with Harp and their acquaintance Peter, the three teens embark in a cross-country journey to find answers to what really happened.

The book held my attention from the get-go, and the last chapter blew my mind. I very much look forward to picking up the sequel from my library tomorrow morning.

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