Title: Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle
Author: Katie Coyle
Sequel to: Vivian Apple at the End of the World
Date Started: September 28
Date Finished: September 30
Format: Hardcover from library co-op
Back in March the world was supposed to end. At least, according to the Book of Frick. Preparations were made and yet, the day before the end of the world, people disappeared. People who were dedicated to the Church of America. The Church called it the Rapture and those who disappeared were saved and gone on to heaven while the rest of the world waited for the end to come. But it didn’t, even though the weather and the earth itself acted like it was starting to. Vivian Apple, who lost both of her parents to the Rapture, went on a road trip with her best friend to find out why the world didn’t end. What she found out, was something so capitalistic and disturbing, it warranted a sequel.
The Church of America lied. There was no Rapture. No, instead in the weeks prior to it, the Church sent out letters to those deemed worthy with specific instructions to go to specific locations. At one of their compounds, Vivian, Harp and Peter watch the video of some of those people being poisoned, her father among them. Those who watch the compound and the three major players in the organization – the Three Angels – were not happy that they saw what they did. Peter distracts them, allowing Vivian and Harp to run. While in San Francisco, Viv and Harp need to make a plan to figure out what to do now. Obviously they can’t let what they know go to waste, especially since the Church is going on and on about a second Rapture just in time for the real end of the world in September. But it’s going to be hard to do when there is a million dollar bounty on their heads.
Here’s what I loved about Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle’s predecessor, it was original and funny despite being about the capitalization of the end of the world. That was what the sequel lacked. Don’t get me wrong it was still original, but it lacked its humor. Things were too serious and cut-throat to actually enjoy. Vivian became less of bad ass and more of a girl who was just risking everything. Harp’s quippy sarcastic side became very annoying and overdone, and I don’t even want to get into the band of misfits they tag along with. Not to mention the masochistic and religious bull that was seeping from these pages kind of made me sick.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The sequel lost its original and funny touch while trying to end the story started in the first book. Vivian Apple didn’t become Vivian 2.0, she became 3.0 and I have to say I didn’t like her as much as I liked the previous version. The relationship with Peter that held so much promise fell flat along with the story line.
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