Vivian Versus the Apocalypse

Putting the cult back in cult fiction, this is a darkly witty and sharply questioning debut

A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ – or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

  • 📢Casting Announcement📢 Thrilled to share that @_DanielRyan is currently filming new drama #Crossfire for @BBCOne https://t.co/Wr4hCHqluA
    5 hours ago
  • Very excited to watch @REGYATES brilliant film PIRATES today on it's opening weekend!! Tickets and trailer below, e… https://t.co/1HAgHPIgiB
    2 days ago
  • 📢We are pleased to announce that @ninahoss has been cast in Todd Field's new film📽️, Tár about Lydia Tár, a pioneer… https://t.co/rlXyi8Efju
    5 days ago
  • We a delighted to announce that @beatieedney will be a part of the cast of The House of Shades at @AlmeidaTheatre i… https://t.co/Xga58xPXxX
    6 days ago
  • We can't wait for this 📺 The Responder with @MyannaBuring and @sallyamaka coming soon to @BBCiPlayer https://t.co/HOVJPCGIIw
    6 days ago