The Final Descent (Monstrumologist Series #4)

Overview

In their final horrific adventure, can Will Henry endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor? “Beyond a simple finale, this is a brave statement about the duplexity of good and evil, and the deadly trap in which all of us are snared” (Booklist, starred review).

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...

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Overview

In their final horrific adventure, can Will Henry endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor? “Beyond a simple finale, this is a brave statement about the duplexity of good and evil, and the deadly trap in which all of us are snared” (Booklist, starred review).

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.

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Editorial Reviews

starred review Booklist
* "It can now be said with assurance that The Monstrumologist series is a landmark of modern YA fiction...Beyond a simple finale, this is a brave statement about the duplexity of good and evil, and the deadly trap in which all of us are snared."
The Horn Book
"[The considerable risks Yancey takes] should thrill and horrify—in the best way."
VOYA
* "A little bit of Mary Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft, Hitchcock, and Poe are brought to bear in this heavy tale...Adults who love YA will enjoy this one, too."
Romantic Times Book Review
"The Monstrumologist series proves young adult literature is capable of being intelligent, thought provokidng, and horrifyingly dark."
VOYA - Jane Murphy
The fourth and final volume in the Monstrumologist series wraps it up in an inevitably dark and disturbing fashion. Readers have come to know Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop, his mentor Monstrumologist, through all of their misadventures. The evil underlying the monsters throughout the series comes home to roost in Will himself as readers know it must. Fans of the Printz Honor-winning Yancey will find both satisfaction and disappointment in the conclusion. Twists and turns in the final story remind readers of the very beginnings. The point of view shifts in a rather confusing and labyrinthine manner. Readers must face Will's inevitable transformation and lament his loss of innocence. Fascination with yet another type of horrific monster gives way to the horror of the protagonist's change. A little bit of Mary Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft, Hitchcock, and Poe are brought to bear in this heavy tale. Fans will feel swept along by the story yet burdened by all the layers of blood and gore that have been endured throughout the telling of the story. Readers revisit Will's unfortunate childhood and his infection with monsters of his own—his father's legacy—in order to fully grasp the outcome. Devoted fans of the series and Yancey's other works will be sorry to see the intense bond between the main characters finally collapse under the sheer weight of all their monsters, leaving the reader bereft. Adults who love YA will enjoy this one, too. Reviewer: Jane Murphy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442451544
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Series: Monstrumologist Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 years

Meet the Author

Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He is also the author of The Fifth Wave series. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at RickYancey.com.

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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.

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