Vivian Apple is counting down to the apocalypse; well she doesn’t believe it’s going to be the apocalypse, but a large portion of the country that has currently feverishly taken to the new religious sect the Church of America does. Unfortunately for Vivian her parents are among the newly religious. But then she goes home and her parents are gone and there are two body sized holes in their bedroom ceiling. Many other believers have disappeared as well, although plenty of them have been left behind with the nonbelievers. After a mysterious phone call, and realizing that she’s not okay with the world just falling into post apocalyptic chaos, Vivian embarks on a road trip to California with her best friend, a guy she met on apocalypse eve, and they even pick up a pregnant kind-hearted believer on the way. Vivian still isn’t sure what she believes, but she knows she wants some answers.
Vivian Apple at the End of the World is dark and funny and slightly scary (not in the horror story way, but in the way where you recognize your own world in one that is coming apart) all at the same time. Vivian is a little slow to jump to action, but let’s be honest, it might take us all awhile to get moving when the world seems to be ending. An entertaining and at times thought provoking read.