The Final Descent (Monstrumologist Series #4)

The Final Descent (Monstrumologist Series #4)

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by Rick Yancey
     
 

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In the fourth and final horrific adventure in the award-winning Monstrumologist series, Will Henry encounters unprecedented terror, a terror that delves into the depths of the human soul.

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

Overview

In the fourth and final horrific adventure in the award-winning Monstrumologist series, Will Henry encounters unprecedented terror, a terror that delves into the depths of the human soul.

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.

“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).

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—After his parents died, William James Henry became the ward of and apprentice to eccentric Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. One of the last of his kind, Warthrop is a practitioner of "aberrant biology," a monstrumologist. During the years of his strange education, Will has been exposed to the monstrosities of both humanity and nature and has come to resent the mutually destructive nature of his relationship with his aging mentor. Unfortunately, his dissatisfaction could not have happened at worse time. There is a mysterious threat to Warthrop's career: an attempt to steal the last living specimen of a rare species with venom that could be used either as a destructive weapon or a powerful drug. This supernatural, noir-like thriller effortlessly builds intrigue as Will contemplates the past mistakes that have lead him to his current situation. The premise of the book is that Yancey is an editor who is trying to decipher Will's journals; he is unsure whether the incredible events he reads about actually occurred or if he is the victim of an elaborate hoax. This device makes the story less narrative and more contemplative, with many of its short chapters devoted to poetry and philosophy. Overall, Yancey's latest installation in the series is strong enough to stand on its own.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY
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."
Romantic Times Book Review
"The Monstrumologist series proves young adult literature is capable of being intelligent, thought provokidng, and horrifyingly dark."
The Horn Book
"Should thrill and horrify—in the best way possible—ardent and loyal fans."
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442451551
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Monstrumologist Series , #4
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
64,549
Lexile:
HL760L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

The Final Descent

Canto 1

ONE


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.

Meet the Author

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 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :( 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect ending to a perfect series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it