For the past few years, my annual contribution to Smugglivus has been the 'Five Favourite Books of This Year That Weren't Actually Published This Year'. This year, however, I went in a different direction (you'll see), but I didn't want to waste a good list.
A few caveats: I've left off 2015 titles, comic books and re-reads. Without further ado (and in alphabetical order)...
The Rapture cometh and Vivian Apple is very much... 'left behind'. As (what remains of) society gets uglier and uglier and the canned food runs low, Vivian grabs a grumpy friend, a cute boy and her car keys - she's off to find some answers. Vivian takes the 'world without adults' YA trope to a new place by mixing it up with, for lack of a better term, contemporary hard-core Christian mythology.
It would be easy to settle for being a dark comedy, but Coyle goes a step further - this is a genuinely powerful, tragic, bittersweet book about good and evil and Good and Evil. If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction (or even a bit of dystopian conspiracy theory), Vivian hits all the right buttons - aided by a disarmingly empathetic heroine. But this is an extraordinary book that hits close to home. It leaves the reader with a lot of questions about how we - as humans - treat one another, and the sacrifices we make for both real people and abstract ideals.