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.

Available in hardcover and audiobook now. Available in paperback 5/21/2019.


Praise for The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

A 2019 Rainbow List selection!

A 2019 YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults selection!

A Paste Best Young Adult Book of February 2018

An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of the Month (February 2018)

One of Bustle’s 17 Best YA Books Coming In February 2017 That Make The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dates

A Read Brightly’s Best Children’s and YA Book of February 2018

★ “Surreal, brainy, and totally captivating.”
Booklist starred review

“A creative and original tale shot through with quirky humor that entertains while encouraging readers to ponder questions of free will and social responsibility.”

★ “Hutchinson uses an “Is this the end of all things?” premise to create provocative and moving insights into the angst, wonder, and uncertainty of being a teenager. Elena’s carefully developed relationships…bring additional depth to a thoughtful story about choice and destiny.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

★ “Hutchinson artfully blends the realistic and the surreal. . . An entirely original take on apocalyptic fiction.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Content Warnings for The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

  • Suicide
  • Physical Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Depressive behavior
  • Violence