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The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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When a man seeks out Warthrop to sell him the greatest find in generations of the field of monstrumology, Warthrop assumes it is a fraud. But Will Henry takes it upon himself to check it out. What he finds is quite possibly the most terrifying and most ground breaking creature they have ever seen: the last of its kind. While still unhatched, the egg, stolen from its seller, must be cared for with the utmost of precision. Warthrop and Will Henry are brought back together through the care for the egg and the future implications such a find could bring them. But the damage to their relationship is too big for one find to cure.
Flash forward years. Will Henry finally returns to the man who made him what he has become, but what he finds is not the strong, confident, aloof Warthrop. Instead he finds a broken man surrounded by the horror he has wreaked upon himself. For all of Warthrop's determination in his field has left him broken and determined to find the end that he deserves- one without the love of another human being. The story of Will Henry and Warthrop didn't end with that egg, but the connection between them had never been so fragile. Warthrop's created the Will who now stands before him, but he can't bring himself to take credit for the man Will Henry has become.Read more ›
I wouldn't exactly classify this as a new Monstrumologist book in the same vein as the other three, but I think if you go about reading this book expecting an ending to a magnificent series, you'll enjoy it. Really, it's a capstone to three marvelous, masterful works, more than it is a story in an of itself--hence the shorter length is fitting. The Final Descent is more of a character study, where we get the inevitable conclusion to the story of these characters as they face their own monsters, more than any external one as in the three pervious books. Mr. Yancey has created such vivid characters in the series, characters that have faced every darkness and horror, that now that I'm finished reading this final book, I can't imagine a different way to wrap it all up. It all goes down in a very haunting, stunning and memorable way.
This series is astounding--by far my favorite that I've read. The prose is really unmatched, and that continues in this fourth book. I'm sad to see the series end, but the ending was appropriate, and I know Will Henry will remain with me for a very long time.
Spoilers to follow, so don't continue if you don't want to know.
I've read other reviews wherein the writer stated that this was the only ending the books could possibly have. I certainly beg to differ. The fact that Will Henry basically ends up a serial killer was overblown and unnecessary. What's the problem here ... he could not interpret the Doctor's actions as "love"? He thought his upbringing was so incredibly awful? Will Henry's upbringing reminded me of a farm kid's: having to do things to animals that non-farmers would surely look upon as cruel and "harmful to a child's delicate nature". Ringing the noses of hogs, castrating the males not needed for breeding, slaughtering animals ... in Will Henry's case it was monsters, but still. The comparison remains.
The way the Doctor ended up was horrible. His demise at the hands of Will Henry (despite the too-little, too-late kiss on the head) was absolutely, shockingly unnecessary. When we find out Will Henry wasn't even really Will Henry ... words can't describe the sense of something very close to betrayal. My feelings as I read it: shock, grief, dismay ... directed mostly at Mr. Yancey for dragging me down a hole I did not want to enter.
I was crushed by the way Mr. Yancey ended his story.Read more ›
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A perfect ending to one of the best YA series I have ever read. Will Henry will haunt me for years and years to come. Read morePublished 23 days ago by NC YA Librarian
Definitely loses some of its luster from the 1st-3rd books. Did something happen to Rick Yancey between Book 3 and 4? A falling out with his publisher perhaps? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Abigail Stefaniak
I loved this series, but this was my least favorite book. Personally, I did not like how the characters ended up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Lackey
I really liked the previous three books so I was excited to read this, however I was a little bit disappointed with how the monstrumologist series ended. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Holly
while i love the writing of Rick Yancey, i must say i like this story least. but that seems to be typical of trilogies, they get worse and worse the further you get in the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by celticriver