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

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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    talentedbrilliantincredibleamazingshowstoppingspectacular.gifANYWAY this is Shaun David Hutchinson’s best book yet IMLO (in my lesbian opinion) and basically you should preorder it it’s existential and all about choices and wow I... loved this so much. new best book of 2018 and we're not even a month inREVIEW TO COME!!// one of my first official reads of 2018, and it was on my January list and everything wow I’m so productive let’s see if...
  • ✨ 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...
  • 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...
  • Dylan
    1970-01-01 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...
  • 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.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsThis book is so good it's making me feel like I want to lower my rating for We Are the Ants.Because if you liked We Are the Ants, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza will 100% win you over.It revolves around sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza who is the product of a virgin birth (parthenogenesis) and finds herself with the ability to heal people, the first of being her long-time crush Freddie who was shot at in a Starbucks parking lot. Yet, as Ele...
  • Dany
  • Bethany
    The world will eventually end, whether we want to think about it or not. Hutchinson places his characters right against this inevitability, forcing them into corners where they have no choice but to question the consequences of actions . . . or inaction. If this all sounds a little bit We Are the Ants, rest assured that Hutchinson approaches the end of the humanity in a way that feels completely distinct from WAtA and At the Edge of the Universe....
  • Ivy Moore
    “The apocalypse started at Starbucks the moment I healed Winifred Petrine.”Elena Mendoza doesn’t want to save the world. She already has enough going on, what with attempting to escape from her ex-boyfriend Javi, trying to get to know her new crush Freddie, practically raising her two younger siblings while her mom works three jobs because, scientifically, Elena doesn’t have a father. (It’s called parthenogenesis. Look it up. Or don’t...
  • Becky
    3.5 Rating: Elena Mendoza is the result of a virgin birth. No, she is not a religious icon. Elena is the child of parthenogenesis which has always made her freak. Her reputation is not helped by the fact that she is constantly hounded by voices telling her what to do. Then one day when Elena is working her shift at Starbucks her classmate and crush Freddie is shot. Elena heals Freddie but at the same time people around the world disappear into th...
  • Sarah
    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Elena was born of a virgin birth, it has been scientifically proven. She becomes even more exceptional when she saves her crush Freddie from death after she is shot by a fellow classmate. The weird thing is, the shooter disappeared when Elena healed Freddie. The voices in Elena's head are encouraging her to continue healing others in preparation for the end of the world. Elena do...
  • Jennifer
    Elena is a special teen. She was conceived through parthenogenesis (virgin birth), hears inanimate objects speak to her, and when the logo on a Starbucks cup tells her to heal a girl who has just been shot, finds she can do that too, but with the catch that every time she heals someone, others are raptured. Hutchinson has, yet again, created a story that is weird and wonderful, that lets us think about both big questions and small ones. If you're...
  • Stephanie Moore
    ***3.5 Stars***I got this ARC from Yallfest in exchange for a review.I had zero interest in this book at first, but still decided to pick it up.Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it had a very strong preachy tone throughout. The writing was good, and the story overall held my interest, but the preachiness got a little annoying. I also got a bit annoyed at Elena's indecisiveness concerning whether or not she should heal people.All that being said, ...
  • Tori Frost
    This is my favorite book of 2018 and it isn't even 2018 yet. If there's a platonic ideal of the kinds of books I like, this is it. This is a book about BEING HONEST and MAKING CHOICES and being REALLY HECKIN' GAY. The heroine is a bisexual Latina barista -- a child of a virgin birth -- who's trying to save the world and/or her crush, guided (or misguided?) by the divine voices of My Little Pony dolls and a stuffed baby Cthulhu. Every sentence of ...
  • Brittani
    I described Shaun David Hutchinson's books as profoundly weird and beautiful before and that's 100% still the case. I just love the way he writes. His books deal with difficult topics and they get a little (or a lot) dark, but there's still such humor present in the narration of his characters that you never get overwhelmed with sadness. There's also, as always, a lot to think about as you read the book and you turn the last page. This is a book ...
  • Mckinlay
    [4.5 stars] i kinda feel like Shaun just likes to mess with my brain.
  • Kate
    Elena Mendoza is the first human scientifically confirmed to have been born by parthenogenesis; in other words, she is the product of a virgin birth. After she miraculously saves her longtime crush from a fatal bullet wound, Elena discovers she has the power to heal and she must use her power, or else the world will end. But as Elena reluctantly begins healing those afflicted, people begin around the world begin getting raptured in a bright light...
  • Tori
    Man. This might be more of 3.5 for me, but I'm really not sure. As a massive fan of Hutchinson's other books, I found myself just not connecting with this one the same way I did with 'We Are the Ants' and 'At the Edge of the Universe'. The middle of the book felt like it was meandering around and around in circles for a while before it started to pick up again at the end. I did like how it loosely tied together with the other books and the cameos...