So, the first book in the series ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. Such a big part of Vivian’s life was revealed that would alter what she did from now. I’m not going to spoil anything, however, so don’t worry. I just wanted to talk about what a successful, if slightly repetitive sequel this was!
Vivian and Harp played an equal part in the story. I really liked how their friendship was portrayed and how loyal they were to each other no matter what, it was really delightful to read. Sometimes, I think YA doesn’t put enough stock into a best friend, and that they’re just written in as an accessory, but Harp is pivotal to Vivian’s experience.
I felt overall that the book had quite of ‘Mockingjay’ theme, although not nearly as dissatisfying! Viv and her new crew of young adults wanted to take down the Church of America from its roots. They were going after the leaders and everyone affiliated with them. Surprisingly, I didn’t think Vivian herself played a big enough role in this plot! Other characters were sacrificing their life for the cause, while Viv was forced to sit on the sidelines a bit.
She was extremely central to retrieving Peter, however. I loved Peter, he was trustworthy and generally lovely. When his loyalty was questioned, I had my sneaky suspicions that he was still on the side of the good guys. The ‘Mockingjay’ plot is really played up here, right down to the capturing of Peter (Is it a rule that captured characters have to have this name? Haha, it’s great.)
Generally the plot was very well weaved, with characters left behind in the previous novel popping back up again, and with the mysteries of the first book finally being resolved. A lot of the action happened in the background, so maybe I would have liked more confrontation than was given.
I would give ‘Vivian Versus America’ 3 stars. It was a satisfying end to the duology and everything was neatly tied up, with the promise of more adventure out of print for Viv and her friends. It was sort of sad, kind of exciting, just sitting on the fence between a great book and an OK one!