Teen Book Review: The Monstrumologist

Submitted by kdeweese on July 23, 2012 - 12:13pm

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

Reviewed by Fallon D., Northwest Library

     12-year-old Will Henry is apprenticed to Dr.Warthrop, a scientist of Monstrumology; the study of monsters and hunting them.  Will chronicles his experience when a stranger in the night comes bringing their scariest discovery yet: a dead Anthropophagi in the midst of a eating a teenage girl.  This discovery catapults Will Henry and the Doctor into a dangerous hunt for the carnivorous beasts, and the horrifying truth of how they came and bred in their small town.

Why I picked it up: I don't usually read horror novels because of the lack of good storyline, but this one was a Printz Honor book and seemed interesting.

Why I finished it: It was surprisingly well written!! I had to find out if Will Henry and the Doctor were going to survive.  The only problem I had was that it was all about men and boys and I would have liked to see some girls in there.

I'd recommend it to: Anyone who likes fiction, even if you don't like horror, although it is very gory.

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