Saturday, October 03, 2015
Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle
This novel is a rough story -- entertaining, but ultimately flawed. It works best as an apocalyptic thriller and less well as a polemical diatribe against religion and consumer culture. Unfortunately, it's the latter that really interests Coyle. We've seen paper tiger depictions of the evils of Evangelical Christianity before, and her particular take would be offensive if it were not so ludicrous. Even if you aren't distracted by her silly religion-bashing, the plot has an annoying habit of relying on belated reveals of plot points essential to the story (when the story makes less sense in the re-reading, you know you're having trouble!).
But hey, there's a sequel, so people found it entertaining enough to buy it!