The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (Hardcover)
Elena Mendoza is the product of a non-miraculous, scientifically-explained virgin birth. Or so she thinks, until the girl she's had a crush on gets shot and Elena is able to heal her with just a touch of her hand. Plus, the Starbucks logo has recently started talking to her. According to it, the world is ending, and only Elena can do something about it. So begins a story about humanity and choice and the apocalypse--not just Elena's, but all of ours. Smart and thoughtful and diverse, this is a book for 2018, and for all of us who are struggling to survive in a world that feels increasingly broken. — Lily (RBB Staff)— From The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza
From the critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and At the Edge of the Universe comes a mind-bending, riveting novel about a teen who was born to a virgin mother and realizes she has the power to heal--but that power comes at a huge cost. 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.