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The author of the book: Rick Yancey
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Date of issue: January 2016
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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.

I've put off reviewing this for a long time––partly because I'm super lazy (as always) but also because … well, I have complicated feelings about this final installment to the series. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "disappointing" because that sounds harsh––and don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it. It was just so staggeringly different from the first three books that it felt detached from the rest of the series for me.

I understand that there was some publishing drama surrounding this book, which I hadn't known about until I opened the book and saw a brief mention of it in Rick Yancey's introduction. Not knowing what he was referring to, I looked it up and found a blog post explaining the situation.

Apparently, after the third book had been released, Yancey received a letter from his agent that said something like, "Wow great job with the conclusion to the series, haha." And he was like, "… Uhh, what. There's still another book." And his agent was like, "Oh … awkward." So yeah, Simon & Schuster had randomly canceled his contract after the third book was published. Yancey noted that the same week, they made a multi-book deal with Hilary Duff.

Well … nice job, guys.

At least they changed their minds, but finding out about it still made me pretty furious. I guess what saddens me most is that the contract was canceled due to poor book sales, which is a shame because it's one of the best YA series I've ever read. Meanwhile, Yancey goes on to write The 5th Wave––which, in my opinion, seemed like something he only wrote to appeal to popular trends. And lo and behold, that book does amazingly and gets a big movie deal before it even hits bookstores.

But, I digress. The point is, I don't know whether this drama with the publisher had anything to do with how the book turned out. It just … upsets me.

Anyway, moving along:

I totally devoured the first three books in the Monstrumologist series. They were terrifying, thrilling, disgusting … Everything I could want in a book. I loved the style, the characters, and the story. I read all three of them in a row in less than a week, which something I hardly ever do when I'm reading a series; usually I wait between books. There was one day when I sat down and read the second half of the second book and then most of the third book and it totaled to about 500 pages' worth of reading in a single day. Even for me, that's pretty impressive.

So of course, I eagerly awaited the fourth book, constantly checking for updates for months on end. Waiting for it was agony. It came out a little before my birthday, and then my mom sent it to me as an early birthday present. Of course I was totally pumped to read it and soon had read the whole thing.

And … well … Hmm. I don't know how exactly to describe this book or how I felt about it.

But before I get to any criticisms, I can start off by saying that it was definitely a good book, and I definitely liked it.

First of all, I love Yancey's writing style in this series. It matches the time period of the story without seeming forced. It's full of vivid descriptions and many thought-provoking moments.

As with the first three books, the fourth book continues to explore the thin line between monsters and humans. We see Will Henry fall deeper into a dark part of his mind, to the point where he could be considered a monster himself––and that's utterly terrifying, and done very well. The story was thrilling and kept me turning the pages, wondering what on earth was going to happen.

Ultimately, though, I just didn't find myself as invested in this final book as I was in the first three. I think part of it was that it was constantly skipping around on the timeline which sometimes made it confusing, and I wasn't always sure what was happening when. Will Henry is also totally losing his mind at many points in the story, which sometimes causes a dramatic change in style––and while that felt appropriate for the situation, it made me feel kind of isolated from the story sometimes.

I think what bothered me most was that I didn't feel attached to the characters the same way as I had before. In the first three books, I adored the friendship between Will and Warthrop and found it very compelling. In this book … Will just came off as a total asshole a lot of the time. He was so different from the character he'd been before, and it was a bit jarring. On top of that, I didn't feel like there were as many powerful interactions between him and Warthrop as there had been in the previous books. In fact, there seemed to just be a lot of animosity between them for most of the story and I found that sad. I mean, their relationship had always been confusing and had its ups and downs––and I also understand Will being upset––but still … there were a lot of touching moments between them in the other books and I felt like that was kind of lacking in this one.

On top of that, the ending left me really confused––and from reading other reviews, I see I'm not the only one. I was hoping to get a better sense of closure from the end but it was just kind of like, "… Huh?" And it was over. It's been months since I read it at this point, and I'm struggling to even remember exactly what happened; it just didn't stick with me, besides that I remember it being perplexing.

The final word:

I still love this series. I love the first three books. And I really like this one as well, but just not on the same level as its predecessors. Still, even though this one was not as memorable as the first three books for me, I still thought it was very frightening, dark, and thought-provoking.

~ Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews ~

Pre-review ranting/fangirling under the spoiler.

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YET ANOTHER UPDATE: HOORAY MY MOM SENT ME A COPY AS AN EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT. WHEEEE I'M SO EXCITED! :D ... Of course, I should finish like three other books first, but I will be reading it soon! Gahh I can't believe it's the last in the series. I may cry.



.... And yet I have no money.

*Cries forever*


"Expected Publication: September 10th 2013"

"Expected Publication: September 10th 2013"

"Expected Publication: September 10th 2013"


UPDATE (2/25/13):


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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 Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

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