Book Rewind Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Book Rewind Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson writes contemporary mixed with sci-fi, which sounds like it can’t co-exist and yet it does. I am a fan because he creates characters that are ordinarily extraordinary. They’re unforgettable. It’s been a year since I read The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza and I still find myself laughing at little things I remember from the book. Check it out and don’t forget – his latest book (The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried) is out this week!


Book Rewind Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by: Simon Pulse
on February 6, 2018
Pages: 438
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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 be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.



Review:

Elena Mendoza, interesting not only because she was a virginal birth, not only because she may have powers, but because sassy, real, and easy to relate to. Because Shaun David Hutchinson creates characters that live in our heads forever. Every character, even the secondary and side characters. Everyone feels real in this story. 

As all of Shaun’s stories, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza is about finding yourself. Not to get biblical but there’s a lot of exploration of free will and figuring out who you are (not who you’re supposed to be). Shaun likes to put characters in these really tough situations (save the cheerleader, save the world – ok, not really but intimate objects [which might be the funniest part of the story] keep telling Elena to heal people or the world will end) and then you’re really cheering for them to persevere. Whatever that might mean for them…

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