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(Audiobook) The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson (Some Spoilers)



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.

This book was absolutely amazing. the writing and overall story were so good I couldn’t help but keep reading. It was so different than anything I have ever read. The best way I can describe it is faith/atheism/science and it was so fucking good.

Your MC is Elena Mendoza she is born from a virgin birth and now in her teens discovers she can heal people. When she heals a person others get raptured by beams of light falling from the sky. It started out a few each time, but now there are thousands gone. The voices she hears tell her the world is ending and she has to do this, she doesn’t have a choice, but does she.

Elena Mendoza started out a very naive character to her abilities/gift. The more she learned about herself the more she learned and grew as a character. She was so selfish to me in the beginning and she thought more of others in the end. She understood that she was taking the choice away from others and ultimately learned how to give that choice back to them and let the world decide. That was a true character growth moment for me.

Freddie is didn’t expect to be one of the main characters at first, but I’m glad she did. She was such a help to Elena and helped her grow as a person. they really helped each other grow together and be better people. Freddie had so much to offer the world and didn’t see it herself, but Elena did. I was so ecstatic to see their characters grow and morph into this fabulous relationship.

I can not speak on the bisexual rep in this book, but it is well done. There are also mentions of suicide in this book, but it does address it pretty well in my opinion. If suicide is not something you are comfortable reading about, I would skip this book.

I loved every minute of reading this book. I drug it out as long as I could in order to savor every moment of reading it. I loved the writing and the way it mixed faith and science together. I have fallen in love with Shaun’s writing and now I want all of his books. I always see Dylan the reader bragging about we are the ants and now I know why. If we are the ants is anything like this, I want Shaun to write all the books, his writing and this book is amazing.

Courtney 💛



3 thoughts on “(Audiobook) The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson (Some Spoilers)”

  1. I’ve been curious about this book since I had first heard about it from booktube a month ago. I’m glad to hear that there was good character development and that the book was different since YA fantasy can feel pretty stale sometimes. I’ll definitely need to check this book out soon, great review!

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