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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful coming of age story set in a chilling dystopian future, 27 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (Paperback)
Vivian Versus The Apocalypse is not your average read. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it, but I was blown away by the incredible story, and compelling characters. It’s quirky, different, and unpredictable. A fantastic coming of age story with a mysterious side to it. I know that it will be a success in book stores, and I’m so glad to have read it.

Vivian’s story is one of the most chilling and heart-breaking I’ve ever read. The whole idea of The Church of America makes my bones rattle. It was a very creepy novel of sorts. I felt sympathy for Vivian throughout the novel. To have parents you love and then be rejected by them because of a church, it was a very side to the story. And then it had to get worse, that ending. I mean, I was not expecting that. When I finished Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, I was disappointed that I was finished with these characters. I’m really hoping for a sequel because I would really like to go on another journey with these brilliant characters. The story was a weird mix of contemporary, coming of age, mystery, and slightly dystopian. There were so many twists throughout the novel, and I could never figure out what would happen next. It was such an fun read.

“Viv, old bean.”

Vivian is a very compelling character, and I loved seeing her grow throughout the novel. She was always the passive one, and now she had to step up and make important decisions for herself and her friends. She grew into a more confident character, and wouldn’t settle for anything less than the truth. Harp was my favourite character, she was spunky, outgoing, and brought out the real Vivian. Vivian would not have blossomed like she did in this novel if it wasn’t for Harp. They supported each other as characters. Peter was a very interesting character for me. At first I was a bit unsure of him, but I grew to like him. But he wasn’t as compelling as Viv or Harp. I loved all the different personalities we met throughout the novel. They all felt so real. Overall, the characters definitely brought this novel to life.

“The Rapture has been foretold for March 24th of three years hence.”

The writing is the most unique aspect of this novel. I’m always on the look out for something different, and Coyle’s writing definitely was different. It was just so quirky, and I’m finding it hard to describe, but it’s like biting into something delicious with a blindfold on. You don’t know what it is, but it’s bloody delicious! I know, weird comparison, but that’s how I feel about the writing.

Overall, Vivian Versus The Apocalypse is a very special book. No wonder it won the 2012 Young Writers Prize, Katie Coyle deserves it. And yet another great book published by Hot Key Books! Keep ‘em coming Hot Key! I also think Vivian would make a great film. I think it would look great on the big screen. The ending of Vivian Versus The Apocalypse gave a slight hint that their may be a sequel. Katie Coyle, please write a sequel. I want more!
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