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Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—With the rapture predicted by the Church of America having passed, Vivian and Harpreet are two of the few who know the truth: that the rapture was staged and the believers who were chosen are either missing or dead. Can they stop Pastor Frick and the church's mad grab for power and control over society? Or will this rapture really be the beginning of the end. Vivian and Harpreet are idealistic teens who will stop at nothing to reveal the truth in this sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World (HMH, 2015). The characters are well rounded and believable and represent multiple personalities and ideologies. The plot is fast paced but difficult to follow for newcomers to the series. Religion—the lack of faith or unwavering belief in it—is a central component to the story line. Readers will be questioning their own belief systems and asking themselves just how far they would go to uncover the truth. Fans of the first volume will want to read this thought-provoking continuation. VERDICT A great addition to YA collections.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX
“An utterly chilling look at what happens when a dying world so desperately wants to believe in anything to survive.”
"The characters are well rounded and believable and represent multiple personalities and ideologies...Readers will be questioning their own belief systems and asking themselves just how far they would go to uncover the truth."
—School Library Journal
"Coyle adeptly handles an exceptionally multifaceted plot, easily seguing from snarky social criticism to heart-pounding action to stomach-fluttering romance, creating a breathless whirlwind that keeps the pages fying until the very end. A distinctive, complex, and thoughtful page-turner certain to leave readers clamoring for more."
"Unpredictable and unique, this book wil leave readers in awe, aspiring to be as brave and graceful as Vivian Apple herself."
—VOYA, Teen Reviewer
"Nonstop twists and breathless action flirt with crossing the line into absurdity, but that's just part of this sequel's appeal. Fans shouldn't hesitate to continue Viv's quest along with her, and they'll be satisfied with how her mission to save humanity from fear-fueled delusion plays out."
—Horn Book Magazine
"As before, Coyle takes an intriguing premise, covers it with questions of faith and loyalty, adds a gallon of cynicism, and keeps it moving...Along with the questions about religion and consumerism that are in the forefront of the girls' quest, tucked away are important insights about human nature."
* "Coyle dials back the urgency of her debut, adopting a more languid pace while still delivering plenty of action...As Vivian and harp attempt to solve the mystery of the faked Rapture in an effort to expose the Church as a fraud, Coyle again offers searing commentary on present-day religiosity and consumerism."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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This was a great conclusion to this series! Or . . . I think it was the conclusion. It was a little unclear. But first things first: there were so many aspects of this book that were better than the first one. For one thing, I liked both Vivian and Harper better in this book than the first one. Vivian was much more of a take charge bad ass in this one and I loved that. Now, because of her new attitude, she made some really stupid decisions. There were times in the book where I wanted to yell at her for some of the decisions she was making. But then again, she was a teenager dealing with the possibility of an apocalypse. I would probably make some stupid decisions myself. There were characters introduced in this book that added a lot of depth to the story. Also, there were a lot more explanations about who was behind the supposed Rapture and the point of it all. It was crazy madness. I loved the social commentary on cults and religion. It was spot on, yet wasn't preachy or insulting. It's hard for me to give more details without giving spoilers. And let's talk about that ending: I actually really liked it. Yes, it was a bit open ended and there were still some unanswered questions, but I was okay with that. I don't think there is another book coming. If that is the case, this was a great way to end the story! If you enjoyed the first one, you will love this one. And actually, you will probably like this one, even if you weren't a big fan of the first one.
Now, this is a nice follow up to the first book. We rejoin all our favorite characters and add a couple not-so-favorites into the mix. Note that this one isn't so much about the rapture. It's more about getting the truth out there. There's some danger, a little mystery, and a little more from the Book of Frick.
For me, Vivian wasn't very exciting in this one. She was overshadowed by her best friend Harp. I found I wanted a lot more Harp and a lot less Vivian.
But over all, it was an entertaining book. Just missing a little oomph!
(By the way, there's a great tease about an astronomical anomaly that is NEVER explored. It's a shame because it would have been an exciting thread to follow. Maybe in another book?)
Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle picks up right where Vivian Apple at the End of the World left off. Viv and Harp are now in San Fransisco, Viv has met her older-half sister, and she's just realized that her mother in in fact, alive. It's a lot for a seventeen-year-old to handle, but what happens next really messes with Viv and Harp. The two teenagers aren't just teenage runaways now; they are considered fugitives, and the Church will stop at nothing to find them.
So does Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle live up to Vivian Apple at the End of the World? I'd say yes! It's just as fresh and strange as the first book because The Church of America is still going strong, and it's up to Viv and Harp to stop them. There's a little bit of everything in this book - flirting, romance, familial bonds, crisis, anarchy, and death. There's also a lot of action in this book, and I could see readers of series like Veronica Roth's Divergent devouring it.
Yes! Some of your favorite characters from the first book are back. And some of your least favorite characters from the first book are back, but Coyle also introduces readers to a lot of new characters in Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle. There are two new groups readers will be meeting during this book, and yes... a lot of new names! I won't lie to you and say that I was able to remember all of them, but for the most part, Coyle does a good job at keeping all of the new and old characters in the book and updating readers on the events going on with them while Viv and Harp come up with a plan to take down the Church of America.
So if you're looking for something different to read this fall, reach for Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle or Vivian Apple Versus America if you're in the UK. It's definitely not a book I would have read on my own if it weren't for receiving an ARC of the first book, but its action-packed sequences and real human emotions had me hooked. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the histories of religions or fans of science fiction and dystopian novels.
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By: Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle is the sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World.Read more