Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 6 2015
Genres: coming of age, dystopian, ya
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I can’t imagine being in Vivian’s position. Coming home after a party and finding your parents missing; maybe raptured.
After a very strange and nerve racking time living with her grandparents in NYC (not to mention a mysterious phone call), Viv grabs her friend Harp, dreamboat Peter and sets off across the country to find out what is really going on.
I guess this is a combination road trip and Armageddon story with a bit of dystopian creep factor thrown in for good measure. Much of the doctrine of the Church of America is that whole anti-gay, anti-women, anti-sex chestnut that is just close enough to what is happening now to make you uncomfortable. Throw in some server storms and natural disasters you have yourself some religious hysteria.
PS This was on the TOB Longlist!
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, Vivan Apple isn’t looking for a savior. She’s looking for the truth.