The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t...

Details The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

TitleThe Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Lgbt, Science Fiction

Reviews The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

  • Emily May
    "What is going on?""Maybe nothing," I said. "Maybe the end of the world. I'll let you know when I figure it out." I'm on the fence about The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. It has many great individual components, but when looking back over the novel as a whole, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as Hutchinson's We Are the Ants, which was one of my favourite reads of 2016.Having only read two of his books, I...
  • Larry H
    Shaun David Hutchinson's The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza may be one of the craziest, most thought-provoking books I've read in some time, if not ever. It's wild, poignant, forces you to suspend your disbelief, and some may even think it's sacrilegious or blasphemous, but it definitely cements Hutchinson as one of the best YA authors out there right now, one who combines science, emotion, and life's daily struggles to tremendous effect."The apoc...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is like nothing I have ever read before or will ever read again. It is an existential and oddly hilarious book about choices, with a wide cast of amazing characters and some weird mystery thrown in. And I loved it so much. I felt as if I could have read this forever.This book follows Elena Mendoza and she causes an apocalypse is gifted the power to heal people by an unknown entity. ✔Elena is a fucking master of ...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    "What is going on?"Maybe nothing" I said. "Maybe the end of the world. I'll let you know when I figure it out" so I'm finally reviewing this book. And Honestly? I can't remember the last time I felt so indecisive about a book - because I really wanted to love this and yet the more I think about it the more I don't think I do. This review is going to be hard to write. The thing is, this book is by no means bad. Shaun David Hutchinson is such an e...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    I’m falling asleep and I have to be at work at 5 am tomorrow, so I’ll come back and write a very intensive review later!Update 1/28/18:The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza has all the pieces that should make up a book I would love. It is by Shaun David Hutchinson, the author of one of my favorite books of all time. It's about Elena, a bisexual Cuban girl, dealing with huge philosophical choices. There's a f/f romance, and a Muslim side character w...
  • April
    I think the best thing to do is to go into this book not really knowing much about it. Definitely five stars!
  • R.K. Gold
    I'll always support fiction that gives baby Cthulu a voice. On a humor level Shaun just gets me, or I get Shaun, or there is no getting but his work makes me laugh enough to keep coming back to it. I'm getting off track. The Apocalypse begins at Starbucks and the story of Elena Mendoza begins with one of the best opening lines I have read in a while. After saving her crush from a shooting on a Starbucks patio (it's not a spoiler that much is give...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Super interesting concept and story, that I devoured in a few short hours. It gives the reader so much to think about, in terms of life and death, the state of our world, and love. I'll simply say that I underlined a lot of passages in this one that I will hopefully reflect back on. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, was that I found it dragged a bit in the middle, and at times was a little repetitive. But all in all, a solid book th...
  • Lauren Elise
    I have received an ARC of this book through a giveaway hosted by the publisher. This has not affected my rating in any way. This was absolutely fantastic. I love it I love it I love it.There was one quote that stuck with me:"People who're suicidal believe they want to die. They make a choice to actively end their lives, and they're determined to do it. There are others who simply give up. Whatever happens, happens, even if it's death."I felt that...
  • Dylan
    2017-09-01 Since this doesn't come out until February of 2018, I don't want to say too much, but what I will say is that this book is magnificent.I'm going to be honest, I was quite worried going into this. WE ARE THE ANTS is my favourite book of all time, I was frankly, disappointed with his 2017 release, AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE, but I also really loved THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY, so there was still hope. As always, ELENA was beauti...
  • love, ellie
    a book featuring a melodramatic, self-hating, existential crisis-having, confused bi young girl who wants to die... can't believe my life has been plagiarized like this!(in other words, i loved it. review soon.)
  • Cassandra
    "No one is perfect, no one is flawless, and loving someone means admitting they have faults. It means loving them, not in spite of those flaws, but because of them." I loved this. I knew I would love it from the day I pre-ordered it, but the first hundred pages or so I was worried. Then I became emotionally attached to all (well, most) of the characters and I knew everything was going to be just fine.For the first chunk, this book was almost too ...
  • Gabby
    More of a 2.5 unfortunatelyI am so disappointed with this book. Shaun David Hutchinson wrote my favorite book of all time: We Are the Ants. Unfortunately, I haven't been very impressed with his books ever since. This book felt like another copy and paste of the same premise as We Are The Ants, just not as good. (Which is the same feeling I got with his other book At the Edge of the Universe). As another reviewer has said, I think Shaun David Hutc...
  • Acqua
    I liked this a lot more than I thought I would, considering I DNFed another book by this author after two chapters. I didn't think it was perfect, but I did really like it.Let's start with the good.The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is a very weird book, and if you know me, you know I like weird. It's about a bisexual girl of Cuban descent who had a virgin birth and can perform miracles.I like weird because it's a very interesting way to explore con...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Actual rating: 4.5 Stars! --I just love Shaun David Hutchinson and his books so much. I've been waiting for this one and I can't believe I've already finished reading it! It was a fantastic edition to his "end of the world series" and I absolutely loved how it connected all of his other books together in one!Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
  • Max Baker
    I received an DRC from Edelweiss. All opinions in this review are my own.I'm going to say a possibly unpopular statement. I think Shaun David Hutchinson should be as popular as Adam Silvera. Sure, Hutchinson's books aren't nearly as tear jerky as Silvera's but they almost always feel more authentic. It's like Silvera is Pixar, a brilliant studio that makes incredible movies but always seem like they're trying to make you cry. Hutchinson is more l...
  • Justina Ireland
    Brilliant. Just absolutely amazing.
  • prag ✨
    hi this was the most beautiful thing i have ever read please go read it
  • - ̗̀ dany ̖́-
    . : ☾⋆ — 1.5 ★it’s not you, shaun david hutchinson, it’s me. i’ve discovered there are a few authors i don’t click with very well. shaun is, unfortunately, one of them. i’m gonna be honest, i had Very High™ expectations going into this book even though i kinda didn’t really like 'we are the ants' even when everybody i know seems to love it, but i still wanted to give the guy another chance. cause, you know, the premise of th...
  • Brooke
    I had a hard time with this one. I was looking forward to SDH's quirkiness, but there were too many character & prose issues to fall in love with Elena & her world.First, the positives. The representation here is great. Elena is a bisexual Cuban teen who has a crush on Freddie, the girl she heals from the Starbucks parking lot. This in turn leads to them getting to know each other better, eventually leading to a f/f romance. There's Fadil, Elena'...
  • Aleksandra
    4.5 starsThe Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is one of my most anticipated 2018 book releases and I'm happy to say that I loved the book a lot!It is a story about Elena Mendoza, who heals her crush from the fatal gunshot and starts the apocalypse, possible, maybe, it's complicated. Elena was born from a virgin, aka a parthenogenesis, which was scientifically proved. This novel is about humanity and choices. I'm not going into more details, it's more ...
  • annie
    this book genuinely invented literature! also im obsessed w/ all the easter eggs in shaun david hutchinson's books my KING. anyways he invented literature my gay ass is shook over this book
  • Shelly
    As with every Shaun David Hutchinson novel, this book is a little bit weird but a whole lot amazing. I liked the small references to Hutchinson's past novels and the characters in The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza were pretty unique and memorable. Full review to come!
  • Cheyenne
    New fave!
  • Rachael
    4.5can elena mendoza and elena alvarez from odaat form a girl gang of queer girls named elena who fight the patriarchy and perform miracles I would pay good money to read that book or watch that tv show full rtc
  • Eloise
    So... nothing about this book was bad, it's Shaun David Hutchinson.But to be honest I felt more emotions when the book mentioned characters from Shaun's other books than I was when the characters from this book did anything.Here's what I think:Shaun David Hutchinson always has a powerful, thought-provoking way of writing. Topics such as friendship, mental health, abuse, suicide, racial gender and sexual diversity are always brilliantly woven into...
  • Dawn Abron
    2.75Elena Mendoza was born from a virgin birth and since she was a child, objects have been speaking to her. At first it was small things like make friends with Fadil but then the voices began to tell her to heal people to save the world. Sound interesting? I thought so too until I read it.I thoroughly enjoyed We Are the Ants and I also like genre blending stories so I was excited about Hutchinson’s new book. I personally think he got gipped in...