The Final Descent (Monstrumologist Series #4)

The Final Descent (Monstrumologist Series #4)

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 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).

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
Sales rank: 356,263
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rick Yancey is the author of The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea, the first two books in this series. His debut young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel The Monstrumologist received the Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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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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