Thursday, March 4, 2010

Review of Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
William James Henry passes away at the age of 131, and his journal falls into the hands of a writer, who eventually publishes the work. The novel is his journal. In 1888, twelve-year-old orphaned Will Henry went to live with and be apprenticed to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, who dealt in monstrumology, the study of monsters. While living with the doctor, Will Henry saw many strange things, but nothing as strange or as dangerous as the anthropophagi, cannibal monsters, discovered living near their town of New Jerusalem. The doctor and Will Henry, with the help of deranged anthropophagi hunter, go on a journey to track and exterminate the monsters.

This story is an extremely exciting and gripping tale. It is not for the squeamish or faint of heart! The book will appeal to the readers who love Stephen King and Dean Koontz. There is plenty of blood and guts: the anthropopophai have rows of shark-like teeth and eat people. Their favorite human delicacy is the human brain! The vocabulary in the book will rival that on the SAT test; I had to use a dictionary frequently! The cover art is fantastic! It will tempt readers to pick up the book! Even though the subject is rather dark, there are some very funny moments in the book. It is a real page turner!

This book was an honor book for the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award. I highly recommend it for high school and public libraries.