Waiting on Wednesday: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we highlight a title we’re looking forward to reading. You can find their website here.


The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Published: 6 February 2018

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Category: Young Adult

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.

Shaun David Hutchinson, who I first discovered when reading The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, certainly knows how to write a heartbreaking book. That book nearly broke my heart and yet I loved it, wanting to read more. I’ve since picked up We Are the Ants and will probably buy any of his back catalog that I can find.

All this is to say that Elena Mendoza sounds really good. Is there an Apocalypse coming? Is Elena some kind of saint that can save the world? Why did the girl she love get shot? There are a lot of questions and possible miracles that come up in the summary for this book that I want the answers to. February can’t coming soon enough!




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