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Agnes at the End of the World

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The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.

Agnes 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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jodi Meadows
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book.

I had the absolute pleasure of being Kelly's mentor and watching this book grow into what it is today. AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD is such an emotional, powerful story, filled with hope and grace and utterly selfless love. On June 9, 2020, this beautiful novel will be on bookstore shelves, just as it deserves.

Make sure you put this one on your TBR shelf immediately.
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Official comments: Unforgettable and full of hope, Agnes at the End of the World is at times beautiful, at others dark. The love that transcends these pages is a triumph.

Unofficial comments: This book has really solid Type I diabetes rep, so please read it, share it, boost it, etc.! It deserves all the love!
Erin Bowman
My official comments:
A truly unique gem of a book. Set during the apocalypse and featuring a disturbing virus and terrifying cult, McWilliamss tale is ultimately one of hope. Agnes is a fascinating heroinedetermined, selfless, and brave. I was rooting for her from the very first page.

My unofficial comments:
This is a special novel, and one that's hard to sum up in a way that does the story justice. For me, it was two stories in one: an action-packed virus/outbreak/apocalypse story and a
Bill Mullen
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the premise of this book, and, start to finish, it does not disappoint! Beth and Agnes are great foils for one another, and I loved seeing the story play out. You will stay up all night reading it.
Agnes at the End of the World rips the heart from a well-trod genre, resurrecting it as something glittering and serene. What emerges is a complex tapestry of dystopian nightmares, rank idolatry, glowing spirituality, love, hope, and feminist power.

In honesty, end-of-world stories are absolutely where my heart leans, but I've been burned by so many tired testosterone brigades in the genre that I've stepped away from it. But when I saw this book, I knew that I had to take a chance, and I'm really
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
The Handmaids Tale meets Wilder Girls um I havent read Handmaids Tale yet but WILDER GIRLS? Im thinking this is a must buy ...more
Taylor Fenner
Agnes at the End of the World introduces readers to two very different sisters living in a cult community.

Agnes is very devout and has always found peace in her community - except when she has to deal with outsiders to get the medicine her younger brother needs to survive.

Beth, is more of the wild child rule breaker who likes to rebel and sneak off to be with the boy she likes.

Shut off from the outside world Red Creek believes in extreme things - polygamy, doomsday prophecies, and that women
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Dont you just love when you discover a new favorite author? Kellys writing style is absolutely beautiful and I definitely look forward to read more of her books✨

Agnes at the End of The World is a story unlike anything Ive ever read. It was a quick read and I loved the way the story progressed as I read! It was a wonderful story from beginning to end😍

Agnes is a new favorite heroine of mine. One who I was cheering for the
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-favorite
Review to come! I had the immense privilege of reading an ARC and can't to yell about how good this book is!!!
Yakira Goldsberry
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I cried at the end. It was just that beautiful.
Agnes at the End of the World gripped me from the very beginning, when Agnes snuck out from her familys home to meet with an Outsider to get medicine for her baby brother. From that moment on, I was sucked into the story, and it wouldnt let me go.
The one thing I loved the most about this book was Agness immense amount of faith. Even when it seemed that the world was ending around her, and that all hope was lost, she held on to her faith in God, her
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Agnes is a young girl living in a sect, she obeys her father and the prophet, she follows the rules and is very religious. However, she breaks the rule once a month to find a stranger who provides her with the medicine to save her younger brother Ezekiel. Beth, her 15-year-old younger sister, is a little more rebellious and will try to find out what Agnes is hiding from her. I won't say any more about the story except that Agnes meeting Danny will change everything.
I was really touched by this
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately pulled into this novel, which has so much substance intertwined with all of the action! Its perfectly paced, and all of the action, theme, and character threads are intricately woven together, making for a satisfying read.

I loved how the novel addressed themes of spirituality and spiritual abuse. The former is a great topic to delve deeply into in YA and the latter deserves the kind of perceptive handling that this author gives it. The way in which the main characters grapple
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes, faith was best discovered in rebellion."

AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD managed to combine two of my favorite things -- cults and the apocalypse. In it we follow Agnes, the oldest sister in a family that is part of a fundamentalist doomesday cult called Red Creek. She's never left home except for quick trips to the local Walmart where she has dutifully looked at no one, and she is the primary caretaker for her five younger siblings. But Agnes has a secret -- every month she sneaks out
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to start off this review by saying I am not religious and tend to not read books with religious undertones. With that being said, I enjoyed this book. Agness story was unique and I was captivated from the first chapter. I love how she came to terms with her own religious freedom and also her duty to end the virus. Truly awesome! ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.

Hm. This was an odd book. I didn't dislike it, but this was definitely more character-driven than plot-driven, and I kept wanting more to happen (especially in the second half).

I liked Agnes, and I even grew to like Beth. Cory was a good love interest, and Danny had his moments. Jazz and Max felt kind of unnecessary. I liked how different elements of Agnes and Beth's story brought to mind different biblical siblings--Jacob and Esau, Moses and Aaron, etc. The
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
holy crap this sounds right up my alley
Rachel Robins
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
The storyline was an interesting concept but overall it wasn't great.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
*Review to Come*
Pretty Little Bibliophile
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Agnes at the End of the World by @kellymmcwilliams was a blockbuster of a book! It was also my first #5starread of the year! And oh my god guys! I cannot gush enough about it!
I found this book to be a sort of a mix between #dystopian and #fantasy . There is this community (a cult, rather) headed by a fanatic and power-hungry "Prophet" who has brainwashed the people. #softpower plays a key role here, I feel. Anyway, this Prophet is the epitome of a #mysogynist mindset and the #patriarchy that
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very unexpected diamond in the rough for me! I have to admit one of the main reasons I requested this was for the gorgeous cover! Really well done there. As for the story, well once I met Agnes and Beth, I simply could not put this book down until I had finished. It it such an amazing tale of perseverance, hope, love, and finding true faith during the most terrible of circumstances. I loved Agnes for her bravery and courage. She was resilient and held true to what she believed in her ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, ya
[ARC] This isn't a cult story or a dystopian story. It's a religious story and if you don't care about religion/faith, give this one a hard pass.
Becky Shaknovich
Its A LOT! Theres a fundamentalist cult, a dystopian sci-fi pandemic, and fantasy style superpowers. I did enjoy reading Agnes Story, which was feminist at times, but could have been more so. I would have liked to see some LGBTQIAP+ characters. ...more
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Kelly is the author of the upcoming young adult novel, AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD (June, 2020, Little, Brown Young Readers), which benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter.
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