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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for teenagers - one any adult will be glad they picked up, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Vivian Versus the Apocalypse (Paperback)
A book about the apocalypse that isn't of the "proselytising 'REPENT or else!' " genre? Yep. This is it.

Vivian's parents, along with a large proportion of the American population, have converted to the Church of America, a cult group that has, through huge marketing efforts and some well-timed fortuitous forecasts of natural disasters picked up large numbers of terrified new members. Today is the day they have forecast for the end of the world and the Rapture of all true believers. Vivian returns home from an ironic end-of-the-world party to discover her parents are missing and round holes in the roof of their bedroom.

Is this the beginning of the End?

This is a road movie, a story of friendship, a tale of love, a rite of passage novel. We see Vivian grow as she goes through abandonment, threat, discovery, loss. The people she meets on the way all play roles in her story - best friend Harp (so strong on the outside), Edie (pregnant Believer who isn't Raptured), quiet Peter.

This is Young Adult writing at its best - intense, controversial, intelligent. The ending leaves the story very open for further chapters, and I for one want to know what's going to happen in this strange new world of Vivian's. I loved what Coyle did with the situation and the characters. I'll be recommending this as much as I can.
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