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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2020 Kelly McWilliams (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A powerful story, exquisitely told. Agnes is the antidote we need in our own dystopian times. She filled me with hope!" (Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of Openly Straight and The Bridge)

"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." (Erin Bowman, Edgar Award-nominated author of Contagion)

"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)

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Beautifully written

Such an odd-timed story during a pandemic. It was interesting, beautifully written and kept me engaged from start to finish. The love story was sweet and innocent enough for young listeners. The messages of hope and faith are poignant, but not hokey or forced. The family bonds and fierce love between siblings and “chosen family” were my favorite points.

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Religious

Lately I’ve wished audible would label religious/inspirational fiction. Also they previously had rating on how explicit romance scenes are and that’s gone. This book is teen appropriate in romance department. Definitely inspirational/religious story.

I wish I’d read more reviews. The move away from a cult went into more religion with tons of bible verses and spiritual soul-searching.

I appreciate the author representing type one diabetes fairly accurately. Most people don’t realize that it’s an autoimmune disease and is not caused by poor diet or lack of exercise. It’s a very different disease from type 2 diabetes.

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Glorious, Elevated, Graceful

This is a wonderful story. It's a little strange to read about a fictional pandemic during a real one, but it is worth it. This story is graceful, transforming a tale of toxic, patriarchal religion into something beautiful, divine, and hopeful. Well worth a read.

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Surprising

Since we are currently facing a pandemic ourselves, this story gives me a sense of hope that it will be okay. The performance was stellar. The chapters are short so it’s very easy to binge in one sitting. The ending is a little muddy but didn’t kill the enjoyment of reading it. If your still bored at home, give it a shot!

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Religious Propaganda

First, the description of the book is utterly inaccurate. This is nothing more than a religious story and it should have been labeled as such, or, at the very least, described as such in the "description." Provided you are interested in reading a story with heavy religious themes, this may be enjoyable. While I did not enjoy the content, I must complement the performance, which was outstanding.

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Boring and predictable

I will start by saying that the narrator is amazing but the book is lacking. I thought the story line was ridiculous and predictable. I generally love dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels so had high hopes for this book. I think the book was trying to go in so many different directions that it didn’t do a single one justice. One of the central plot points is this virus that is destroying humanity but it doesn’t describe the virus very well. You are not filled with horror and dread when the main character encounters infected people and animals. There are two main love stories and although the stories are chaste enough for young readers, there is not a lot of depth to the interactions. They feel forced and you end up not caring if the characters end up together or not.

I don’t think this book is worth a credit.

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Oh God, So Much God! - Don’t Do It!

SPOILERS.
When I read that Agnes, the protagonist, was escaping a cult, I didn’t imagine that she’d be so anxious to keep taking about God after her escape from the cult that believed that God thought men were more important than women, old men could have multiple child brides and worse.

Furthermore, her inner narrative was lengthy and repetitive - just like this awful book.

Save your money/credit and time. Blech!

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I enjoyed it; great narration.

I enjoyed this Audiobook; and listened even when I wasn't in my car. Don't be put off by other reviews that says it has 'too much God'. I didn't feel it 'preachy'; it was simply part of the characters lives & this story.

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Unexpected

This was exceptional! Worth a credit. Great post-apocalyptic story for our times and the twists in plot kept the pace moving. Unique in genre.

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this was awesome

honestly amazing story and fantastic narration.
so cool to read about a completely different kind of pandemic during our own

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