Agnes At The End Of The World
By Kely McWilliams
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 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?
WOW, I am speechless. Read it, just do it.
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.6
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVENT READ IT YET!
This was beautiful. It was awesome. It just, ugh, I can’t explain it. It made me question everything and at the same time want to kill someone preferably the Prophet. Wow. I’m speechless and believe me everyone can testify that THAT never happens. The characters were, ugh, I can’t. Five days later... One week later... Okay, I’m ready. Y’all, this book broke my stress level and reconstructed my frustration meter so many times I thought I was having mental spasms in every chapter. Seriously, this was written so amazingly and the descriptions so vivid it literally left an imprint on my licorice soul. Let’s start with the beginning chapters, they built such a solid foundation. I was a bit hesitant to read a book about cults because I hadn’t had an experience reading things like this, but the moment I read how Agnes heard music in everything’s and for speaking out of turn she got one of her knuckles broken, whew! That hooked me, I just NEEDED to find out what was going to happen We get introduced to the main character who is portrayed as someone overly obedient and that seriously grated on my frayed nerves. Then we get introduced to Beth and I thought “Finally! Someone with a spine, and a brain!!” Boy was I wrong. And I don’t know why but I always start books at like, 1 am. WHO DOES THAT? Seriously. I knew Ames at one point had to woman up and get her act together but waiting for that to happen? I was literals writhing with frustration. I had the half mind to just skip the first 100 pages and get on with it. Because that thing, you know, the mindless sycophant followers, just piss me off. Then when I met Beth I saw the silver lining in this cloud of just grayness. That didn’t last long. We found about Zeke’s diabetes and how Agnes is supposedly “sinning” cause people are stupid, obviously. And when I read that part I just felt this sigh of relief that she wasn’t completely brainwashed until I read about her in her daily life. Those people were living in an 1820’s world of their own making, the women were suppressed, the men had multiple wives. Patriarchs they were called, ha! Dream on, morons! At this point, I was metaphorically biting my nails and my split ends were getting more burnt from the edge of my stress meter. So yeah, at 2 am I was looking fabulous. We meet the nurse and the nurse's son, which play a big part on opening Agnes’s mind on how wrong things were in her society, and that there was a virus going on. Cue me doing the “what the heck?!” Face. People were acting not exactly like zombies more like, “I don’t wanna eat you, but I do want to force you into our gang of mindless monsters, also, you don’t have a choice”. The way the author described Agnes's faith was amazing. The illustrations she painted with words made me feel delirious. The well-formed characters, the budding romance. *sigh* A readers paradise. This book is so well written it had me on the edge of my seat and I was INTO IT. Seriously, the more it progressed and the more characters were introduced, the more I wanted to reach the end to finally know if it was going to be a good ending. Regardless of the troubles/ issues I had with the inefficiency regarding everything, this perfectly imperfect gem of a book reached into the deepest parts of my soul and made me question every little thing I believed in. In a good way, seriously. Dear Kelly, I don't know how you created such a book full of feels and tears (which were mostly mine but we don't mention that ) that filled me with this sigh of just, ugh. I can't even explain it. Okay, either I loved this. No other options when it came down to it. It literally took me over a week to express my thoughts of this book here so yeah, I'm okay.
Certain imperfections of the characters that made this all the much real.
The blooming romance between several of the main characters which, awwww.
I realize that this was a shorter review than the rest but I just couldn't find the words to express how good the book was. So, that's it. Justification Complete.