The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4)
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The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  886 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop have encountered many horrors together—but can Will endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor?

Will Henry has been through more that 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...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
It occurred to me … that aberrance is a wholly human construct. There were no such things as monsters outside the human mind. We are vain and arrogant, evolution's highest achievement and most dismal failure, prisoners of our self-awareness and the illusion that we stand in the center, that there is us and then there is everything else but us. But we do not stand apart from or above or in the middle of anything. There is nothing apart, nothing above, and the middle is everywhere––and nowhere.

Raymond Just
Oh dear, that was rather disappointing. The monstrumologist started so well four books back, but I have to say, this concluding volume has turned out to be the worst of the lot. The deft writing is still there, the pretty prose. But our intrepid, likable protagonist, Will Henry, is gone, replaced by cold-hearted enigma. His character has taken such a 180 between books that the change is jarring, and not for the better. He is no longer a character to stand behind and cheer for. And neither is any...more
Crystal Cook
*Spoilers ahead*
With a heavy heart I have decided that I can not give this book a rating higher than one star.

The good: Beautiful prose. Rick Yancey is one of those writers whose prose is absolutely poetic and breathtakingly beautiful. Reading his written word is a pleasure, he is a wordsmith of the highest caliber. Yancey's turn of phrase is absolutely compelling and emotive. Monsters. Yancey creates some truly horrific and completely believable monsters. The return of favorite characters. Na...more
Rory Eggleston
GUYS GUYS GUYS MY COPY ARRIVED EARLY. HOLY CRAP. This book is going to destroy me. Utterly.


I did. I'm dead inside now.

Also, even though we're basically the smallest fandom ever, I think we're also some of the most obsessive people when it comes to this series.
Sep 17, 2013 Jet marked it as on-my-shelf-waiting-to-be-read
Shelves: that-rare-find
8/27/13 edit:
It's coming out next month! I've been on and off the summary page several times this week already, willing the days to move faster. I NEED MY MONSTER FIX! Have you seen that cover? It's delicious!

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The fact that the last book is taking two years to write makes me want to throw myself at a Wendigo and then let the good doctor just hack me up to "save" me. The torture is great. There isn't even a cover yet to fuel any wild speculations about what new horrors are next. What...more
Jul 28, 2012 Ivy marked it as the-list
Snap to, Mr. Yancey, snap to! Please and thank you.


OMG!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4.5 stars

At first, it was just about the story of this peculiar little boy with a most peculiar profession: he aided the only person he had in his life, for better or worse, in the hunting of monsters - real, terrifying ones whose existence were a cruel joke from God, a reminder than humankind was not special, that they ruled nothing.

Then, the lines began to blur and a war between what's real, what's not and what we want it to be broke out in that little boy's life.

Shortly after that, there wer...more
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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
September, 2013?

But hey! It's the same month as Patrick Ness' More Than This

This one was a bit existential for my tastes. I think teens would hate it, honestly, because if you are reading simply for an adventure and a linear plot, this book does not provide.

Yancey again displays his gorgeous use of language and turns of phrase, but their beauty is surface deep; they sound pretty together, but often have little to no meaning or are repetitive. I also felt the suspense and horror of the first three books was lacking--not completely gone, just not quite up to par. The few...more
Everley Sharp, the Clankinist
Well...this is the 200th book on my to-read shelf. Does that deserve a party? Well, where Will Henry is involved, I'm quite certain something needs celebrating. That boy is as dour as flour.

Haha, see what I did there? I rhymed, that's what I did.

So this comes out a week after my birthday, or is now scheduled to come out a week after my birthday, in 2013. Please reschedule it to a week earlier, please reschedule it to a week earlier. I would love to have the next installment in one of my favori...more
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It's hard to know that you are about to read the last book in a series. A series that isn't very popular and for the most part not many people have heard of it. Those who have read it are rabid fans and completely loyal to the story of William James Henry and Pellinor Warthrop. With a heavy heart I review this last book in the series knowing this will be the last time I am able to hear/read about Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop.

Have you read the first 3? Probably not and if you did I already know yo...more
I don't know how to feel about this finale. (view spoiler)...more
Jul 02, 2013 Kabrina marked it as to-read
Shelves: autumn-reads
I'm SUPER excited for this book!! This is one of my favorite series of ALL TIME and I hardly ever actually care enough about a series enough to continue reading pass at least book 2. Here I was browsing through Goodreads when BAM! out of nowhere I see that The Final Descent has a cover and release date!

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Even though this book comes out in September, I love how it's coming out just before Fall starts(my favorite season)! The eerie feel of these books fit perfectly with cool weather!

This series ha...more
Jared Crooks
I'll try to do this spoiler-free, since I imagine that many others were as excited for this one to FINALLY come out as I was. It goes where you expect it to go, the only place it could go, in fact. The series started dark and only got blacker from there, so anyone this far into the saga of Warthrup and W. James Henry won't be surprised at the obsidian heart beating at the center of this series' final book. Like the "editor" in the pro- and epilogues, I loved it and hated it; couldn't bear to kee...more
My girlfriend just asked me how I felt upon finishing this book. My response was that I feel like I've been punched in the gut fifteen times, peed on, and set on fire. I knew this was going to be a story without a happy ending, though I don't think I was quite prepared for how devastating an ending The Final Descent would be. On a purely personal level I think I would have liked to see more redemption and more emotional connection between Pellinore and Will Henry, but I also think that The Final...more
Nancy Butts
Book 4, and the final installment in the Monstrumologist quartet: and there is a part of me that wishes I hadn't read it. The two characters that I had rather improbably come to love—finally, almost against my will—continued to hurtle along the tragic trajectory that Yancey set for them in the first book to become something that no one could ever love. I hated seeing what became of them, and although I still believe that Will and Warthrop might conceivably have ended up somewhere other than they...more
The Final Descent by Rick Yancy was a remarkably disappointing conclusion to The Monstrumologist series. The publishers may have had the right idea initially canceling his contract after The Isle of Blood. Admittedly I would still have been disappointed not to know how Will Henry's story ended but I would have gotten over it. It would have been preferable to where I find myself now.

In this final installment the author takes the likeable character that was Will Henry and corrupts and twist him un...more
It was...amazingly written, much like the first three. You can't argue that the writing of it is astounding. But honestly, this book kind of ruined the whole series for me. I understand that many people thought of it as a memorable and honest ending, but I guess I am just not dark enough for it. The first three books were amazing, but the series should've ended with the third. It was not bitter-sweet (my personal favorite types of endings), simply bitter and unfulfilling. It left me empty, not i...more
I reserved reading the last book in the Monstrumologist series for Halloween, and I promised myself not to read it the way I read the third book -- meaning I won't read it for ages. I was a little bit hesitant to dive into it, actually, because my memory of the third book told me that things have gone down the darker path for Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop. Not that it hasn't been dark from the start, but really, I was kind of wary about how things will end, and what we will know of Will Henr...more
Amanda Griggs
Rick Yancey concludes the Will Henry series... and completely fucks with my brain in the process. These are some of my favorite books of all time- scary, intriguing, and well written. It's not just the monsters that are frightening- it's people, humanity, and how they can become twisted and altered through contact with these otherworldly terrors.

Having now finished the final volume, I want to go back and re-read the first three, to see Will Henry as he was at the beginning and know in my head a...more
Emily Rose
Hmmm... This finale is a lot to digest and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.

This book is dark. Emotionally, this final chapter in The Monstrumologist series is the darkest yet. Prepare for a mentally exhausting read.

Rick Yancey's marvelous writing style was still present in this final installment. His prose alone is half the enjoyment in these books.

The Final Descent delves even more into philosophical ideas, which I love. Parts of this book seemed like the ramblings of a mad man that is bo...more
Michelle E. Kobus
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be haunting.

I had some problems with this story because Will Henry had become a stranger to me; this book jumps ahead four years from the last book, and 16-year-old Will has become a thug. (view spoiler) This story had many flaws, in my o...more
Daniel Hale
The perfect ending is never perfect. The last page of the book does not mark the finality of the tale; it merely shows that the writer has given up the chase at last. Somewhere, beyond the scratching of the pen on parchment, the circle continues and the tale goes on. We may never hope to answer all of the questions, but the fact that there are questions to be asked stands as a testament to the tale. And in that place one ten-thousandth of an inch outside your range of vision, there are depths ye...more
Emma Clement
This book was disappointing. I wanted a nice ending to this series, and I was not at all happy with this book. Will Henry's character is completely gone, and I no longer liked him in this book. The relationship built up between him and Lilly was also destroyed in an unsatisfying way. Dr. Warthrop's character also changed in this book, and I did not like it. This book seemed like a rant about how everyone is a little bit (or more) evil with Will Henry's descent into a completely different charact...more
Anish Kohli
An ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE . It literally Blew Me Away.

I cant say that I will be able to sum up what an awesome book this is in a review but I dare say..RICK YANCEY might be a worthy contemporary to DAN BROWN.

Also, a fair warning to any one who's been reading this series and has/about to pick up this part for some closure... DONT . This book will not provide any sort of closure. If anything, it leaves you with more questions than it answers. But that doesn't make it any less brilliant.

It finally giv...more
I adored this series. Right up until this book, which I'm going to pretend never happened. I can't say I didn't see it coming (in my review of the 3rd book I even said that "Also, Will Henry is headed down a dark path, and I don't think it's one Warthrop is eager to follow him down, so Book 4 had better become a reality.") but oof, it seems such a sudden turn, a sudden betrayal.

We're in at least two time periods in this book, though--Will Henry as a teen and Will Henry as an adult, 20 years late...more
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Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ext...more
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“It occurred to me. . .that aberrance is a wholly human construct. There were no such things as monsters outside the human mind. We are vain and arrogant, evolution's highest achievement and most dismal failure, prisoners of our self-awareness and the illusion that we stand in the center, that there is us and then there is everything else but us. But we do not stand apart from or above or in the middle of anything. There is nothing apart, nothing above, and the middle is everywhere - and nowhere. We are no more beautiful and essential or magnificent than an earthworm. In fact - and dare we go there, you and I? - you could say the worm is more beautiful, because it is innocent and we are not. The worm has no motive but to survive long enough to make baby worms. There is no betrayal, no cruelty, no envy, no lust, and no hatred in the worm's heart, and so who are the monsters and which species shall we call aberrant?” 6 likes
Human...I don't know what that word means...Tell me what defines it. What sets it apart? Are you going to tell me its love? A crocodile will defend her brood to the death. Hope? A lion will stalk its prey for days. Faith? Who is to say what gods populate an orangutan's imagination. We build? So do termites. We dream? House cats do that on the windowsill...We live in a shabby edifice...hastily erected over a span of ten thousand years, and we draw he flimsy curtains to hide the truth from ourselves.” 1 likes
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