Audio Friday

Vivian Apple at the End of the World

20256737By Katie Coyle

Narrated by Julian Whelan

Summary from Goodreads:

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 roadtrip 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.

This book had been on my TBR list for awhile, but for whatever reason I never got around to it.  But when SYNC had it as one of their free audiobooks earlier this summer, I immediately downloaded it and listened to it.  And I am so glad I did.  This was a really awesome book!  It was very hard to stop listening to it.  Julian Whelan does an excellent job as narrator, capturing Vivian’s personality perfectly.  Vivian is a very confused young lady, who doesn’t really believe that the Rapture has happened and goes in search of answers.  I loved and hated the people she meets along the way.  Katie Coyle has come up with a very realistic vision of how society will fall apart near the end and how corporations might just take advantage of people’s fears and beliefs.  There are some very funny moments and some very poignant ones as well.  I really felt like I was on the road trip with her.

About a 2/3s of the way through this book I realized that there wasn’t away for Vivian to find the answers she needed in the time left in the book, so I realized that there must be a sequel and there is:

vivian appleVivian Apple needs a Miracle

By Katie Coyle 

Narrated by Julian Whelan

Summary from Goodreads:

“GET ANGRY. We should all be so pissed at the Church of America that we’re willing to break our hands in the metaphorical punching of its metaphorical face.”  —Harpreet Janda, fugitive     The predicted Rapture by Pastor Frick’s Church of America has come and gone, and three thousand Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Church’s diabolical power grab . . . and to locate Viv’s missing heartthrob, Peter Ivey. This fast-paced, entertaining sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World challenges readers to consider how to live with integrity in a disintegrating world.

In this book we see a change in Vivian.  She becomes even stronger and an important person in the revolution to change the world, or at least American.  Vivian finally gets the answers she was looking for in the first book and along the way makes friends and enemies of the people she needs to get the answers from.  There is also some betrayals and redemption.  I really enjoyed the concepts of a church becoming so commercialized that the corporation will so anything to make more money, including destroying the world.

Both these books are worth the listen.  Have the second one available before you finish the first, because you will so want to continue reading about Vivian Apple.


  1. Oh I kind of want to read the first one but hadn’t really heard much about it? So this totally convinces me I need it. FOR SURE. Also it’s particularly awesome when a book really surprises you right?! Eeeep. I feel like those books are particularly special! 😀
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


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