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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (edição 2018)

por Shaun David Hutchinson (Autor)

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Elena, the first scientifically confirmed virgin birth, acquires the ability to heal by touch at age sixteen, the same year that people start disappearing in beams of light, causing her to wonder if she is bringing about the Apocalypse.
Título:The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
Autores:Shaun David Hutchinson (Autor)
Informação:Simon Pulse (2018), 448 pages
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I listened to the audiobook version. This was an interesting take on what an apocalypse, or even what being around a miracle-person might be like. The guiding voices are manipulative and annoying, Elena continues to live her life, and crushes aren't as cool when you get to know them. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
I have to admit that I picked this one up solely because I share a name with the title character, and I checked it out because it's queer SFF. (Turns out even moreso than is initially obvious - we're both Elena Marias, which I appreciate.)

I generally enjoyed this book - the characters are well-drawn and never caricatures. I like the low-keyness of queer representation throughout, particularly Elena's bisexuality (which is not explicitly named as such until more than halfway through the book, but is very evident from early on).

The ethical dilemma raised in the plot of the book held my attention, and the book was a quick and compelling read.

However, I found the conclusion of the book a bit unsatisfying. We do get the interpersonal resolution I wanted, with relationships between Elena and her family, Elena and Fadil, and Elena and Freddie, among others, settling into a new equilibrium. But we never get an answer to any of the central plot mysteries - who are the voices and are they benevolent, malevolent, or what? Are they gods, aliens, fairies, ghosts? What happens to the 'raptured' people? And what will happen to everyone left on Earth afterwards? Even the key ethical question is left unanswered - has Elena done the right thing? Too many questions remain for my tastes. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |

"... The moment we forget that even the evil among us are still human is the moment we forget that even the most human among us are capable of evil." ( )
1 vote Jonez | Oct 24, 2019 |
This book is probably only for a certain audience, but I loved it! Elena was born of a virgin mother and science was finally able to determine how this is possible because of her. The not so scientific stuff starts to happen to her then when objects and logos begin to talk to her and order her to do things for them. Then beams of light begin to shoot from the sky as she begins to heal people and those caught up in the light beams are transported to somewhere else.

While the story is based around Christian ideas, I would not recommend this to readers looking for Christian stories. Elena has atheist beliefs, is bisexual, uses adult language, and might not go over so well with a religious crowd.

There are typical teen themes of love, friendship, and finding yourself all mixed in with a zany storyline that has our main character performing miracles, struggling with the ethics of healing people while also causing others to disappear, and trying to support a family with a working mother and deadbeat stepdad. ( )
  aurorapaigem | Dec 1, 2018 |
I've loved everything I've read from Shaun David Hutchinson (including We Are the Ants and At the Edge of the Universe), and I loved this book even more. Elena Mendoza is perhaps one of the most compelling of the characters that Hutchinson has created. She's stuck in an impossible situation; every time she heals someone, hundreds of people disappear. But she's told if she doesn't heal, then the apocalypse will come. Supported by a cast of equally colorful characters, I found myself immediately sucked into Elena's world.

One of the things I also love about Hutchinson is the way he includes mentions of characters from his other books within the plot. Elena interacts with both Henry and Tommy on her path to figuring out her own decisions, and those that have read his other books will appreciate the references.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza takes its readers on a crazy ride, leaving them with much to think about along the way.

Read more of my thoughts at between-the-shelves.com! ( )
  Amanda7 | Oct 12, 2018 |
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