Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
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Agnes at the End of the World is a story of hope, fear, loss, and faith. This book pulled me in from the first page and continued to pull me deeper the more I read. This could be a one-sitting read with its fast pace and intriguing premise.
The story follows two POVs, Agnes and her sister Beth, as they navigate their lives in Red Creek, a religious cult, while the world outside the gates faces a pandemic and what happens when those two worlds collide.
The book though filled with religious symbolism and biblical quotes in no way sounds “preachy.” Instead, the author’s use of religious symbols and biblical quotes adds meaning and depth to the story. These bits of religion that are woven into the story blend beautifully with the struggles the characters face.
This book is also a brilliant take on feminism and equality. The journey Agnes and her sister, Beth, take from following the strict and binding rules of the patriarchal leaders of the cult to growing into women who know their own power was incredible. Agnes and Beth prove that when the world tries to hold you back, the world can make you more powerful than you ever thought you could be.
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! It this intricate mix of genres that creates an engaging story. It’s a little bit contemporary, a little bit dystopian, and a whole lot of creativity rolled into one. 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!
Thank you so much to NOVL and LBYR for sending me this ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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