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Will Henry has been through more than seems possible for a boy of fourteen. He’s been on the brink of death on more than one occasion, he has gazed into hell—and hell has stared...
Will Henry has been through more than seems possible for a boy of fourteen. He’s been on the brink of death on more than one occasion, he has gazed into hell—and hell has stared back at him, and known his face. But through it all, Dr. Warthrop has been at his side.
When Dr. Warthrop fears that Will’s loyalties may be shifting, he turns on Will with a fury, determined to reclaim his young apprentice’s devotion. And so Will must face one of the most horrific creatures of his monstrumology career—and he must face it alone.
Over the course of one day, Will’s life—and Pellinor Warthrop’s destiny—will hang in the balance. In the terrifying depths of the Monstrumarium, they will face a monster more terrible than any they could have imagined—and their fates will be decided.
The Final Descent
I reach for the end, though the end will not reach for me.
It has already reached for him.
He is gone
while I, locked in Judecca’s ice,
go on and on.
If I could name the nameless thing
My father burns, and living worms fall from his eyes.
They spew from his sundered flesh.
They pour from his open mouth.
It burns, my father cries. It burns!
His contagion, my inheritance.
If I could face the faceless thing
From the fire’s depths, I hear the discordant duet of their screams. I watch them dance in the final, fiery waltz.
My mother and father, dancing in flames.
If I could pull the two apart
If I could untangle the knot
Find one errant strand to tug
And lay out the thing from end to end
But there is no beginning nor ending nor anything in between
Beginnings are endings
And all endings are the same.
Time is a line
But we are circles.
Posted September 11, 2013
Compared to Yancey's first 3 books, The Final Descent was all over the place. I hardly could keep up and my favorite character [Will Henry] has been totally ruined. I mean, I understand that as an adolescent and an adult, he would not be the same loyal servant but it just seems to me that his character changed drastically. It was as if it Will was a completely new character. Most of the time, I didn't even know what was happening and had to reread pages or whole chapters even--if I want to call them chapters. Seriously, what the heck was going on with the "chapters"? I love the first three books. Yancey's writing style is so beautiful and sophisticated. I truly felt like I was reading actual books! If that makes sense. I was really anticipating this one and The 5th Wave but it just feels like Yancey has completely and totally downgraded. Sorry Yancey but these last two books that you have published [The Final Descent & The 5th Wave] were complete trash. And I really hate saying it so bluntly but, honestly, as poorly written as they were, there is no better word than that. Trash. :(
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Posted October 2, 2013
Yancey lost me at the very middle of the book. I have no idea what the ending was, what happened to any of the characters. The idea of having to reread this sad excuse of a book to better understand it, gives me nausea. What happened Yancey? How can his first three books be amazing, intellectual, and CLEAR reads and this last one be complete garbage? It doesn't make sense that he even set it up the way he did (with the cantos and the chapters) because it is completely different formatting from the other books. If he thought he was being clever then he totally failed. Yancey, Yancey, Yancey. What are we going to do with you?
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Posted October 5, 2013
I'm not sure what's going on with Mr. Yancey but I agree with Anonymous that his last two offerings( The 5th Wave and the Final Decent) were terrible. Usually Yancey's prose are beautiful but the writing and the switching perspectives from past to present were confusing and difficult for the reader to keep up with. I also couldn't stand Will Henry in this book. I didn't even recognize Dr. Warthrop. I felt so embarrassed when I recommended this book to friends because I went on and on about the series only to find that the final book was a waste of time.
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Posted December 28, 2013
Posted October 1, 2013
Honestly, Yancey's writing is still as wonderful as ever, but he could have definitely presented the events in a clearer manner. Of course, it's clear from reading the editor's comment in the beginning that such misunderstandings were to be expected, but I really would have liked better clarifications between each canto/chapter. I couldn't understand the chain of events as nicely as I had wanted to because the cantos were divided like chapters, and this posed problematic as some cantoses interrupted another and overall it just turned out to be a very messy read for me. I still enjoyed the book despite it being (much to my disappointment) significantly smaller than the first two installments, and I wish that the series hadn't ended yet, or that the last book had, at least, been better set up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2013
Posted September 17, 2013
The last few chapters were unclear and confusing. A very disappointing ending to a wonderful series of books, discourages me from rereading the first three.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2013
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Posted October 21, 2013
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