Agnes at the End of the World

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By Kelly McWilliams

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A Bank Street Best Book of 2021

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls in this genre-defying novel about a girl who escapes a terrifying cult only to discover that the world Outside has succumbed to a viral apocalypse.

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?

  • "In a word: beautiful. With Agnes at the End of the World, Kelly McWilliams has crafted an emotional, powerful story, filled with hope and grace and utterly selfless love. Absolutely unforgettable."
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  • "A powerful story, exquisitely told. Agnes is the antidote we need in our own dystopian times. She filled me with hope!"
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  • "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."
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  • "A truly unique gem of a book. Set during the apocalypse and featuring a disturbing virus and terrifying cult, McWilliams's tale is ultimately one of hope. Agnes is a fascinating heroine-determined, selfless, and brave. I was rooting for her from the very first page."
    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Georgia}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Erin Bowman, Edgar Award-nominated author of Contagion
  • "Agnes at the End of the World is a carefully woven ode to faith-finding love in the shadow of death and discovering God during the apocalypse. Agnes's journey gripped my heart and kept me turning pages well into the night."
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  • "In Agnes At The End of The World, McWilliams has created a female protagonist whose strength relies, remarkably, not on brute force but in her deep sense of spirituality. From the lyrical prologue to the satisfying climax, young adults will enjoy the journey that transforms Agnes from an oppressed child into a leader fighting for the survival of her world. In these difficult and divisive times, I find it particularly important to read stories explore a protagonist's inner strength and so I was intrigued by McWilliams's plot."
    Padma Venkatraman, author, The Bridge Home, Winner of the Walter Award and the Golden Kite Award
  • "McWilliams delves deeply into the varied and complex relationships between spirituality and idolatry, feminism and patriarchy, love, family, and hope."
    Booklist
  • *"In this near-apocalyptic adventure and spiritual contemplation, McWilliams provides readers with a believable world, deeply drawn relationships, and an inspiring heroine. An empowering narrative and trope-busting plotting earns this book a place on almost every shelf."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • *The ornate, complex text takes readers through Agnes' and Beth's journeys of reconciling their faith and desires, imbuing her well-rounded characters with purpose.... An excellent read.
    Kirkus, starred review
  • *"Strong apocalyptic worldbuilding alternates with dialogue-laden scenes, while minor characters, such as the Burn Squad captain charged with eradicating nests, move the plot forward in absorbing and dynamic ways."
    Publishes Weekly, starred review

On Sale
Jun 8, 2021
Page Count
448 pages
ISBN-13
9780316487320

About the Author

NOVL - Headshot photo of Kelly McWilliams

Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. For this and so many other reasons, young adult literature will always be close to her heart. Her novel, Agnes at the End of the World, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship.

She has loved crafting stories all her life, and her very first novel, Doormat, was published when she was just fifteen-years-old. Kelly has also worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter. Visit her website at KellyMcWilliamsAuthor.com.

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From NOVL Nation

“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.”

– Patti, Lovely Loveday

“Kelly McWilliams brings fresh take on feminism while keeping to its core values. It’s a great read about learning to think for yourself, and to use your own experiences and research to make your own path when society tells you ‘NO’.”

– Erin,   after.thefinal.page

“I loved this book from start to satisfying finish.”

– Celia, @celiamcmahonreads

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams is a book that I will forever recommend to anyone because the story and the characters are just that good!… This book is a gem and a great addition to YA literature! I’m looking, forward to reading more works by Kelly McWilliams in the future!”

– Kimberley, whimsicalnarratives

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.”


– Christy,  diamondxgirl

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Kelly McWilliams

About the Author

Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer. Agnes at the End of the World was a finalist for the Golden Kite Award, and Mirror Girls is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and Target Book Club Pick. She’s written for Time, Bustle, and Publishers Weekly among other outlets. She lives in Seattle with her family.

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