Agnes at the End of the World by 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 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?
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2020)
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
About the Author: 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.
Review of Agnes at the End of the World
Agnes at the End of the World is a young adult Scifi fantasy by Kelly McWilliams. This unexpected diamond in the rough will pull you in from the beginning. The gorgeous cover is just the beginning of an intriguing story within these well-written pages. A story that I could not put down! I had to know how this story ends. Agnes at the End of the World is an amazing tale of perseverance, hope, love, and finding true faith during the most terrible of circumstances. If you enjoy a character-driven story that will keep you guessing with surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and a slow-burn romance, then Agnes at the End of the World is a book for you. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.*