Review & Giveaway: Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
I’ve been Team Agnes since Sarah at The YA Book Traveler and Jodi Meadows started shouting about this amazing story. I knew I had to join the street team and share! I’m here to share why Agnes at the End of the World is the pandemic story you need in your life. Check out my thoughts below plus enter to win one of three personalized copies!
Agnes at the End of the Worldby Kelly McWilliams
on June 9, 2020
Genres: Young Adult
Audiobook through LibroFM, Bookshop
The Village meets Octavia Butler's After the Fire in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.
Agnes knows she loves her home of Red Creek—its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.
Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?
As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?
Agnes at the End of the World is a modern dystopian that is set…during a pandemic. I know, it sounds like it hits a little too close to home but I promise you, this is a book that you want to read right now.
Told in dual POV, from the point of two sisters who are clearly connected and yet so different, Agnes is a tale of hope, triumph, and examining the norms presented to you. This apocalyptic novel is set in our contemporary world, one that hits home during the current pandemic.
I loved it.
Agnes is one of those stories that brings together multiple plots in a seamless way that makes you wonder how any one author can be so magical. This book is not only a pandemic book. Not only commentary on religion and dismantling the patriarchy. Not only sisterhood and our internal/external strengths. Not just about community and taking risks. Not only about love, the kind you feel for your born and found families. Agnes is all of this and Kelly’s magical writing brings it all together in a way that keeps you wholly in the story until the end.
The epistolary elements in the story enhance the experience and draw you into Agnes and her world, while Beth’s modern day struggles keep you connected through the teen lens. I loved their individual journeys as well as their plight to save their siblings, their community, and, ultimately, the world.
If hope, strength, and sisterhood in a pandemic is your thing, pick up Agnes at the End of the World now!
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